IPS Beetle

IPS Beetle

IPS Beetles (also known as IPS Engraver Beetles) are small brown beetles that feed on already declining pine and spruce trees. If your pine and spruce trees are healthy, then they should be able to fend off the beetles, but you can never be too careful. The Certified Arborists at Wachtel Tree Science can help provide solutions for your evergreens. Trees prone to IPS Engraver Beetles include Pine Trees and Spruce Trees.

How to Identify IPS Beetle

Early Signs:

  • Yellowing and browning of needles
  • Small, scattered round holes through the bark (⅛ inch in diameter)
  • Rust-colored dust at the base of affected trees

Late Signs:

  • Majority of needs are yellow or brown
  • Many small diameter, round holes throughout the tree (⅛ inch in diameter)
  • If bark near holes is removed, you will see tunnels in the wood underneath, much like that of the Emerald Ash Borer

IPS Beetle Prevention

  • Proper tree health – stressed trees will be more prone to infestation
  • Keep trees watered in periods of drought

IPS Beetle Prevention

  • Insecticide applications during various times of the year
  • Tree removal and replacement if it is too late to save the tree.
  • Proper disposal of removed trees to prevent the spread of the IPS Engraver Beetle

IPS Beetle Treatment

Step 1

Proper diagnosis from a Certified Arborist

Step 2

Insecticide treatments

Step 3

Removal and proper disposal of dead trees

IPS Beetle FAQ

How big are IPS Beetles?

Adult IPS Engraver Beetles are about ⅛ to 3/16 inches long and cylindrical in shape.

Do IPS Beetles kill trees?

Typically IPS Engraver Beetles go after trees that are already declining. Even healthy trees can see negative effects from these beetles and if left untreated could mean death of the tree.