Trees contribute more to life on earth than perhaps any other living organism. Not only do they produce oxygen and provide us with food, they add beauty to our beloved landscapes. Trees in urban areas, on the other hand, provide us with a variety of multiple benefits. As assets to our property, they help shade and regulate the temperature outside our homes while reducing noise, controlling erosion, and improving privacy.
For most homeowners, animals are a welcome addition to their outside environments. Watching and listening to the daily activities of our local wildlife can be an enjoyable and beneficial experience. For some, however, animals may be either a concern or a nuisance. That’s why it’s to appreciate these animals in the best ways possible and try to get along with the neighbors that call our trees home.
At Westcoast Tree Care, we see quite the variety of animals while performing a number of preventative tree care services. The most common include birds, squirrels, raccoons, rodents, insects, and bees. While some of these creatures are more attractive than others, there are some preventative tree care measures we can take to safely reduce certain creatures from damaging the trees on your property.
Preventative Tree Care Measures
- Trees in close proximity to houses and buildings can be properly trimmed to prevent animals from jumping onto rooftops from branches.
- Trunk barriers can be installed around the base of a tree to protect it from certain animals that climb, chew or feed off its bark.
- Sprays or insecticides can be used to control particular insects that cause damage to a tree. This method of treatment is often used to prevent chewing, boring and sucking insects. However, treatment should only be done when necessary and only by a certified arborist or other licensed professional.
- Most cities throughout the U.S have local wildlife rehabilitation centers available to help relocate or rehabilitate certain animals found in trees.
Keep in mind that not all animals that call our trees home are problematic. Instead, they only need to be monitored and handled appropriately when absolutely necessary. Since trees require ongoing maintenance in order to stay healthy, a certified arborist will take great care to avoid disturbing or destroying the natural habitat of a trees occupants before any tree work begins.
Westcoast Tree Care
Trees and animals are an important part of our everyday lives and it’s important that we respect and protect their natural wonders. Awareness, education and choosing a certified arborist are crucial when it comes to protecting the relationships between people, trees, and animals. By making educated decisions we will help sustain and ensure a healthy environment for all living creatures.
If you suspect there are some native animals residing in your trees, rest assured that the certified arborist at Westcoast Tree Care will take appropriate measures before any tree care work is done. We respect all animals and their natural habitat and understand there are a number of ways to mitigate problems in order to cohabitate.
If you would like more information on any of our preventative tree care services, contact us at 1.800.767.8733. Our certified arborist would be more than happy to walk your property, inspect your trees, and answer any questions you may have.