Insect and disease control


ISA-certified with over 50 combined years of tree care experience, Liscombe Tree Service is the company you can trust to prevent, identify, treat, and control common insects, pests, and diseases affecting Missouri trees. We provide on-site inspections and consultations to determine what is impacting the health of your trees and shrubs and work with you to create a game plan to control their impact and save your trees.

If you suspect an infestation or disease in your trees, call now!

How To Tell If Your Trees Are Suffering From An Insect Infestation Or Disease​

  • Bite Holes and other damage on the leaves
  • Leaves or needles are discolored or dying prematurely
  • The skin and just below the skin is rotting before ripening
  • The inside of the fruit is decayed before ripening
  • You see a large number of insects on your plants
  • A white fuzzy film covers the trunk
  • Fungus is growing at the base or up the trunk of your tree
  • Your trees experience large-scale leaf-death
  • The wood of your tree is soft and spongy
  • There are strange growths on the trunk or branches
  • The base of the trunk is hollow
  • Your trees are not producing blossoms, buds, or leaves

If you notice any of these signs, have Liscombe Tree Service inspect your trees immediately.

How To Tell If Your Trees Are Suffering From An Insect Infestation Or Disease​

  1. Give us a call or book an inspection online. 
  2. A certified arborist provides an on-site tree inspection. 
  3. We identify what’s harming your trees and create a treatment plan that addresses the affected trees while taking measures to prevent the spread. If the damage is due to invasive pests, we work in collaboration with the Missouri Department of Conservation.  
  4. If removal is the only alternative, we take actions to contain the infestation or disease during the removal process, thoroughly clean the area, treat surrounding trees and plants to prevent cross-infection and haul the sick tree(s) away.

Services Included In Liscombe Tree Service’s Insect And Disease Control

We do everything possible to save your trees and plants. If we need to remove your sick tree, we follow strict procedures to contain the infection or infestation. Our insect and disease control services can include

  • Preventative pest and disease control
  • Plant Health Care 
  • Invasive Species Reporting and Protocols
  • Pruning away damaged limbs
  • Fertilization
  • Disease and infestation treatment
  • Tree and stump removal (to prevent spread)

We have extensive knowledge of native and invasive pests and diseases that impact our Missouri trees and take aggressive measures to do our best to control them while ensuring our actions are environmentally friendly and safe. 



Experienced Professional Tree Removal Services

Certified Arborist

We have an arborist certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) on staff and present on every job.

Tree Trimming And Pruning Services

Fully Licensed & Insured

Our tree care experts are fully licensed, insured, and trained in all aspects of tree care. We strictly adhere to all safety regulations and regularly inspect and maintain our equipment for your peace of mind and ours.

Five-Star Follow Through

We lead the tree care industry for quality work and service excellence and go above and beyond to ensure a smooth process. Our countless 5-star reviews attest to our responsiveness, cleanliness, and commitment to customer satisfaction.

50+ Years Of Combined Tree Care Experience

From management to our crews in the field, the LTS team operates with a core set of values guiding our daily operations. You can expect honesty, integrity, and accountability when working with us. Our team has over 50 years of combined experience in tree care, enabling us to care for your property safely and efficiently, educate our customers, and make suggestions on how to best care for your trees.

Stump being grinded by wood chipper

State-Of-The-Art Equipment

You’ve probably seen our fleet of red LTS trucks on the road. So it’s no secret that we value the use of high-quality equipment, from cranes, bucket trucks, spider lifts, trump grinders, and excavators to high-tech climbing gear and more. Investing in the most advanced tree care equipment enables us to work efficiently and complete your service quickly and safely.

Suspect an invasive species is killing your trees? CALL NOW
We have tree health specialists available 24/7 to address your sick trees.

Other Tree Services We Offer In St. Louis & St. Charles

  • Tree Removal
  • Stump Grinding
  • Stump Removal
  • Land Clearing
  • Brush Clearing
  • Tree Pruning
  • Trimming
  • Hedge Trimming
  • Tree Hauling
  • Green Debris Removal
  • Planting
  • Plant Health Care
  • Planting Consultations
  • Arborist Services
  • Invasive Pest Control

Insect & Disease Control FAQs

Trees can die due to various reasons such as disease, pest infestations, environmental stressors like drought, poor soil conditions, or physical damage. A professional arborist can diagnose the specific cause.

Leaves turning brown can indicate a variety of issues, including lack of water, too much sunlight, disease, pest infestation, or nutrient deficiencies.

EAB is an invasive beetle that feeds on Ash trees, causing significant damage that is responsible for the death of thousands of trees. To protect your trees, consider preventative insecticide treatments, regular health assessments, and the removal of infested trees. Talk to us to learn more. If you suspect you have an Emerald Ash Borer infestation, contact the Missouri Department of Conservation immediately.

Brown spots on arborvitae can indicate several issues, such as pest infestation, disease, or water stress. A close inspection is needed to determine the exact cause.

The little balls on your Oak tree could be Oak galls, which are caused by a stingless wasp. While they can look concerning, they usually do not harm the tree.

Oak wilt is a serious fungal disease that affects all species of Oaks, leading to wilting, defoliation, and, eventually, the tree’s death.

Several factors can cause a Pin Oak tree to die, such as disease, pests, soil conditions, or physical damage. A thorough evaluation by an arborist is recommended.

Woodpeckers are often attracted to trees with insect infestations or rotting wood. It may need an inspection if you notice a Woodpecker frequently on your tree.

Construction can damage roots or compact soil, causing stress to trees. Pre-construction planning and post-construction care are important to mitigate this.

Common signs of disease include discoloration, spots on leaves, peeling bark, and dead branches If you notice these symptoms, contact a professional for diagnosis.

Diseases can vary by region and tree species, but common ones in Missouri include Oak Wilt, Dutch Elm Disease, and Apple Scab.

Common tree pests vary by region, but in Missouri, they include Emerald Ash borer, Japanese beetles, gypsy moths, and aphids.

An invasive tree species is non-native to the ecosystem and tends to spread, causing damage to other species. It’s best to consult with an arborist for appropriate action.

Dealing with invasive trees usually involves removing and replacing them with native or non-invasive species. It’s best to consult with an arborist for appropriate action.

Regular care, proper watering, mulching, and fertilization can help keep trees healthy and more resistant to diseases and pests.

Signs of root rot include wilting leaves, yellowing foliage, a thinning canopy, and sometimes the production of fungi at the base of the tree.

Proper watering techniques and ensuring good soil drainage can help prevent root rot. Overwatering or poor drainage conditions can lead to root rot.