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Pine beetles attack trees in Dougherty County

A prominent pest is causing problems across Dougherty County this summer. (Source: WALB) A prominent pest is causing problems across Dougherty County this summer. (Source: WALB)
Pine beetles attack and kill weakened, stressed pine trees. (Source: WALB) Pine beetles attack and kill weakened, stressed pine trees. (Source: WALB)
According to Lee Harper, South Georgia is at risk due to heavy storms at the beginning of the year. (Source: WALB) According to Lee Harper, South Georgia is at risk due to heavy storms at the beginning of the year. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A prominent pest is causing problems across Dougherty County this summer.

Lee Harper owns Harper Tree Service, he said on Monday that all his business right now is coming from pine beetles.

The insects kill weakened, stressed pine trees.

Harper said as the beetles make their home in the tree, they drain the sap, get food and shelter and reproduce. In that process, the tree dies.

According to Harper, South Georgia is at risk due to heavy storms at the beginning of the year.

"With all the storms we've had, the trees get struck by lightning," said Harper. "Within 1 to 2 days, (the beetles) know the tree has been struck by lightning and they attack it and kill it."

If you have pine beetles, Harper suggests you call a licensed insect-spraying company who can spray for them once every six months, to slow them down.

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