Asian Longhorned Beetle

Asian Longhorned Beetle

The Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) has not been spotted in Florida, but it has been found in 5 states so far: New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Illinois and Ohio. Illinois and and New Jersey believe they have eradicated it through a close watch and from removing the trees that the beetle had infested.

The United States Department of Agriculture has put together a helpful page websites where you can learn about the ALB and how to inspect for it. The bad part about this pest is that once it has infected your trees there is no way to remove it. You have to remove your tree to get rid of it. You can visit the site to get more information:

The ALB was first discovered in 1996 and it is thought that it made it over in packing materials from Asia. This sucker likes hardwoods and so far has been found on:

  • Ash
  • Golden Raintree
  • Hackberry
  • Poplar
  • Mimosa
  • Moutain Ash
  • Horse-chestnut
  • Elm
  • Katsura
  • Maple
  • Willow
  • London Plantree
  • Birch

More than 80,000 tree have been lost so far, which is why at O’Neil’s Tree Service, even thought it has not been spotted in Florida, we suggest you keep an eye out for it, and if you find it report it. There are many resources as well as a way to report in sightings of this beetle at

You can also always give us a call at O’Neil’s to do an inspection of your tree for this or and all other reasons. Call us at 727-599-7548.

Tree Service Slide Cleaning at Play World

Tree Service Slide Cleaning at Play World

We had a little fun the other day doing some unusual tree work. We were asked to help clean and dust the slide in Play World at the Highland Recreation Center in Largo Florida. You can find out more information about the center here:

It was a tougher job than we had expected because it was a bit different from another day at the Tree Service Office. We are familiar with getting around in trees, we save the slides to our kids nowadays, but with the climbing techniques and the understanding, we have of rope systems we were able to safely clean the exterior of the slide.

I guess we are now a Tree Service Slide Cleaning Service? Well, since it’s different from our day to day grind (not really a grind, we get to hang out in trees every day, isn’t that every boy’s dream growing up) we will do it again and now know how to do it better next time.

You will find some pictures below of our guys on the slides:

Is Ganoderma On Your Trees?

Is Ganoderma On Your Trees?

Ganoderma Tree Disease in Florida

The root pathogen, Ganoderma lucidum, generally enters a tree through wounds, tears, cuts or damaged roots. Most trees in Florida can be affected by this disease. The DNA of the disease is slightly different between hardwood trees and palm trees. This means that neither strain of Ganoderma is transferrable between the two types of plants. A young hardwood can be planted near the site of an old hardwood that had Ganoderma with very little risk of transferring the disease from the old tree to the new one. However, Ganoderma which kills palm trees is different, and newly planted palms near the site of a palm that had Ganoderma will contract the disease. Some studies suggest that the fungus infects a tree root system slowly and may take as many as 10-20 years to kill the tree. Other studies have concluded that Ganoderma is a naturally occurring element of many mature trees. New information has found that Ganoderma may be quite a bit more aggressive in killing trees than originally thought. This information makes this disease quite dangerous considering that Ganoderma attacks the structural root system.

Trees have two primary root systems. The fibrous root system uptakes the water and nutrients. The structural root system of a tree holds the tree into the ground preventing it from tipping over. Once Ganoderma has begun to degrade the structural roots of the tree it quickly becomes unstable. This makes the tree very susceptible to complete tree failure.

One major issue with Ganoderma is many trees with this disease often appear to be healthy to the untrained eye. Many trees have a decent looking canopy, dieback with deadwood in the canopy and no fungal conks on the trunk. Some trees have many fungal conks on the trunk or other tree parts, and no signs of dieback in the canopy. If a tree is showing any signs of Ganoderma, further investigation should be done to determine the extent of the damage to the structural roots and heartwood of the tree.

Unfortunately, Ganoderma is incurable. Once this fungus has begun to colonize the tree’s systems there is no treatment or cure for the disease. The best preventative measure for ensuring this fungus to set it is to avoid root injury. This isn’t all that likely in an urban forest, but fortunately, after some sleuthing, many trees with Ganoderma don’t need immediate removal.

If you think your tree has Ganoderma, Give ONeils a Call Today and we will come to inspect your tree for Free. Call – (727) 599-7548