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Who Are We

Who We Are

Do you think you have a sick tree?  Bugs-n-Crud is here to help.  We focus on forest health in evergreen trees, and are staffed by a team of resident and Forestry volunteers to assist in providing initial diagnosis and next steps.  While invaders - whether insects or disease - are present in every forest, our aim is to provide recommendations on which trees should  be removed to reduce the likelihood that wildfire is spread by dead trees in our community. 🌳 🌲 


Overview in 80 Seconds

Click on the link above to view a video overview of Mountain Pine Beetle 


This report gives specific detail on the Mountain Pine Beetle (MPB) issue that is building along the Front Range.

MPB & Dwarf Mistletoe

This video shows MPB in trees also infested with Dwarf Mistletoe

Common Pests and Symptoms

In the Blue Mountain Estates community, we have several insects and/or organisms that we commonly look for as we analyze the problem.  You can use some of the pictures below to sleuth out what might be going on at your property. 🕵️‍♀️ 🧐 🕵️‍♂️.  Homeowners can gain additional detailed information to help self diagnose issues on lifecycles and damage under Educational Materials using the Field Guide to Diseases in the Rocky Mountains - or click the button to the right to be taken directly to the publication (produced by the US Forest Service).

Pitch Tubes from Mountain Pine Beetle attack (Click Image for more diagnostic info)

Note: Pitch tubes have been observed to be up to 6 feet high in 2023 (which is outside of the norm).  Some pitch tubes may be cream / yellowish instead to pink / reddish as typical.
Photo: Kenneth E. Gibson, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood. org.

Pitch Tubes from Turpentine Beetle attack (Click Image for more diagnostic info)

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