Spruce Beetle in Alaska's Forests

Spruce Beetle in Alaska's Forests

Spruce beetles begin to take flight in Southcentral Alaska

Spruce beetles are beginning to emerge in Southcentral Alaska and property owners should take steps to reduce further infestation of green spruce trees. Adult spruce beetles typically emerge from their host trees each spring when temperatures reach 60°F. Recent surveys by the Alaska Division of Forestry confirm that spruce beetles are on the move. The flight period continues into July. During this time, the adult beetles seek out and attack new host trees.

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