Douglas Fir: Douglas fir twig weevil

categories: Conifers Douglas Fir Douglas Fir Insects Ornamentals

revision date: 2024-06-05 10:40

reddish-brown die back on top of small noble fir.
Douglas-fir twig weevil on noble fir
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The Douglas fir twig weevil is a small, wingless, grayish-black beetle with white markings and sometimes pinkish spots. The adult lays eggs in twigs in the summer. The larvae mine under the bark or inside twigs. Infested twigs and small branches often turn a reddish-brown and die back. Small, stressed trees are especially susceptible to attack by the weevils, particularly in dry years.

Management Options

Use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for successful plant problem management.

Non-chemical Management

Select non-chemical management options as your first choice!

  • Provide proper culture and minimize stress for trees, especially young ones. Healthy plants are more able to withstand insect feeding.
  • Prune and destroy infested twigs, burning where possible.
  • Hand-pick adults to control minor infestations on small trees, where practical.

Chemical Management

IMPORTANT: Visit Home and Garden Fact Sheets for more information on using pesticides.

  • Apply in July to early August to seedling or small trees.
  • Homeowners should not make foliar applications to trees over 10 ft tall.
  • Consult a commercial pesticide applicator for treatment of trees and shrubs over 10 ft. tall.

Approved Pesticides

Listed below are examples of pesticides that are legal in Washington. Always read and follow all label directions.