Found on most evergreens, bagworm caterpillars eat, grow and live in a protective bag made of silk. Each bagworm has their own bag that it moves around in while it feeds on its host tree, damaging and weakening it.
Bagworms feast on the foliage of many types of trees and shrubs, eating the leaves and needles. You may see these bags hanging from your tree resembling a Christmas ornament. A few types of trees you may see them on are juniper, cedar, maple, and oak.
Bagworms produce once a year. Eggs that were laid in the previous fall will begin to hatch in late spring (May/June). These caterpillars begin making their way out on silk strands and lower themselves to a new foliage area to make their own bag. Caterpillars go through 4 or more molts before they are full grown. At which time the adult bagworm will pupate; the male emerges as a moth and seeks out the female caterpillar. The female bagworm does not turn into a moth. Instead she remains a caterpillar and will immediately die after laying 50-100 eggs in August to September.
Once a tree or plant has been infested with bagworms it’s difficult to control without proper treatment. Contact us today to get started. 214-321-2847