Tree Banding

Thanks for your interest in tree banding. We are no longer taking sign ups for tree band installation and DIY kits for Fall 2017. Please email us if you want to be added to our mailing list to be notified when we start banding next year.

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One of our tree bands with trapped cankerworms.

Many of the neighborhoods in Durham have been plagued by the cankerworm infestation in recent years.  Not only are the cankerworms annoying when they fall from the trees in the spring, they are also harmful to the health of the trees.  They are particularly stressful on Durham’s iconic mature willow oaks, which are already reaching the end of their life span.  Repeated cankerworm infestation in a tree year after year depletes their foliage and limits their ability to recover from other stresses.

Tree banding is a proven method for reducing the extent of the damage caused by cankerworms, and our clients have found them very effective.  We apply bands of burlap and plastic coated with a sticky goo called Tanglefoot in late November/early December.  The rough burlap prevents most cankerworms from being able to crawl underneath the band, and the plastic provides a surface that is smooth enough to easily apply Tanglefoot, while being durable enough to withstand the winter weather.  Tanglefoot is a nontoxic goo that traps female cankerworm moths as they try to climb the tree to lay their eggs.  The bands should be removed in late April/early May.

Our installation services include one visit to install the bands and Tanglefoot, and an optional visit to remove them in the spring. Our pricing is based on the size of the tree. For those DIYers, we also sell tree banding kits that include enough burlap, plastic, and Tanglefoot for approximately three large trees. You will need a staple gun, for attaching the burlap and plastic, and a spackle knife, paint stirrer, or other flat tool for applying the Tanglefoot.  We also suggest you wear old gloves, as Tanglefoot is some sticky stuff.

We love supporting the Durham community and going easy on the environment. All of the materials we use for banding are purchased or recycled from local businesses, including The Scrap Exchange, Joe Van Gogh Coffee Roasters, and Stone Brothers & Byrd.  Tanglefoot is nontoxic and will not harm the tree or any birds, squirrels, or other animals who come in contact with it.