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Mountain Pine Beetle

Mountain pine beetle (MPB), Dendroctonus ponderosae

Mountain pine beetle
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Average size: 4-7.5mm
Source: CFS, NRCan
 

Mountain pine beetle (MPB), Dendroctonus ponderosae, is native to the forests of western North America. Periodic outbreaks of the insect, previously called the Black Hills beetle or Rocky Mountain pine beetle, can result in losses of millions of trees. Outbreaks develop irrespectiveof property lines, being equally evident in wilderness areas, mountain subdivisions and back yards. Even windbreak or landscape pines many miles from the mountains can succumb to beetles imported in infested firewood.

Mountain pine beetles develop in pines, particularly ponderosa, lodgepole, Scotch and limber pine. Bristlecone and pinyon pine are less commonly attacked. During early stages of an outbreak, attacks are limited largely to trees under stress from injury, poor site conditions, fire damage, overcrowding, root disease or old age. However, as beetle populations increase, MPB attacks may involve most large trees in the outbreak area.

 

 

RESOURCES:

Western Pine Beetle USFS FIDL #1  pdf
Mountain Pine Beetle USFS FIDL #2  pdf
Colorado State University Fact Sheet  pdf 
Wood Boring Insects of Trees & Shrubs Wood Boring Insects of Trees & Shrubs
 

FAQ

  • Preventative Treatments:
    Preventative Spraying (Permethrin, Bifenthrin, Carbaryl), Pheromone Repellents (Verbenone Pouch/Flakes), Basal Trunk Application (Safari ®), Tree Baiting, Pheromone Traps & Lures, ODC Colloidal Chitosan, Stand Thinning
  • Post Attack Treatments:
    Basal Trunk Application (Safari ®), Removal of Infested Trees

 

 

 


 

 

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Bifen XTS 25.1% Bifenthrin Insecticide, Control Solutions

Bifen XTS Bifenthrin insecticide provides long lasting protection against Mountain Pine and other Bark Beetles.

Active Ingredients: Bifenthrin 25.1%
Insecticide Mode of Action: 3A
Insecticide Class: Pyrethroids
EPA Signal Word: WARNING / AVISO
Application Rate Range: (see label)
Container Size(s): 1 Qt., 1 Gal.
From $54.95

SPLAT Verb Verbenone, ISCA

SPLAT Verb is an environmentally friendly repellent that provides sustained and controlled release of the verbenone anti-aggregation pheromone. Verbenone is naturally produced by MPB and by several other species of bark beetle towards the end of a mass attack. The presence of verbenone signals new MPB approaching the infested tree that it is already too overcrowded to serve as a suitable host.

OUTOF STOCKThis product is currently out of stock and will not be available until 2022. Please see Synergy MCH for alternate product.

From $32.95

Carbaryl 4L Insecticide (Sevin SL), Loveland Products

Carbaryl 4L Insecticide provides broad-spectrum control of more than 130 turf and ornamental pests.

Active Ingredients: Carbaryl 43.0%
Insecticide Mode of Action: 1A
Insecticide Class: Carbamates
EPA Signal Word: CAUTION / PRECAUCION
Application Rate Range: (see label)
Container Size(s): 2.5 Gal.
From $183.95

Sevin SL Carbaryl Insecticide, Bayer

Sevin SL Carbaryl Insecticide provides broad-spectrum control of more than 130 turf and ornamental pests.

Active Ingredients: Carbaryl 43.0%
Insecticide Mode of Action: 1A
Insecticide Class: Carbamates
EPA Signal Word: CAUTION / PRECAUCION
Application Rate Range: (see label)
Container Size(s): 2.5 Gal.
From $131.95

BaseLine Insecticide, FMC

BaseLine Insecticide provides long lasting protection against Mountain Pine and other Bark Beetles.

Active Ingredients: Bifenthrin 23.4%
Insecticide Mode of Action: 3A
Insecticide Class: Pyrethroids
EPA Signal Word: WARNING / AVISO
Application Rate Range: (see label)
Container Size(s): 1 Gal.
From $177.95

Card Traps, Insect Monitoring Traps (Yellow), BASF

Card traps are used to monitor the presence and populations of many indoor, greenhouse and outdoor insect species.
From $30.95

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