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Douglas Fir : Sequoia pitch moth
(revision date: 4/23/2014)


Biology
The larvae of the sequoia pitch moth feed by boring into branches or trunks. At the point where the larva enters the wood, small to large masses of white to pinkish pitch accumulate. The larva feeds locally underneath the pitch mass. Although healthy trees are occasionally attacked, the egg-laying moths are probably attracted to wounds such as those made by spring pruning. The moths may also be attracted to trees undergoing stresses associated with drought or saturated soil. This pest causes mainly aesthetic damage because of the pitch masses. Incidentally, they do not attack Sequoia.
Management Options

Non-Chemical Management
  • Avoid mechanical injury to trunks and branches which may provide sites for infestation.
  • Remove pitch masses and associated larvae by hand.
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Chemical Management

None recommended

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Caption: Sequoia pitch moth
Photo by: S.J. Collman