The Q&A Archives: cypress evergreens

Question: The main trunk and branches of my tree are turning a reddish brown and have some kind of bore in the branches.
The bore is brown and looks like it has six or eight tiny legs at the front part of it's body.
It acts like a silk worm in the fact that when I tried to remove the insect from a peice of branch that I removed it produced a clear thread from it's front end.
Can you tell me what this is and how I can remove them from my cypress before the rest become infected?

Answer: What you describe sounds suspiciously like cypress beetles, but I can't be sure without seeing them. Here's the URL to a website with excellent photographs of cypress bark beetles:

Compare what you're finding to the photos to see if that's what you're dealing with.

Best wishes with your trees!

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