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Stein Tree Service Announces Storm Aid Program for Emergency Tree Removal Services

Wilmington, DE – December 21, 2017 – Stein Tree Service has announced that now is the time to take advantage of their Storm Aid Program, which can save homeowners both stress and money on emergency tree removal services in Wilmington, DE. Stein Tree Service’s Storm Aid Programs could save homeowners thousands of dollars on emergency tree removal services this winter. With predictions of heavy snow and ice looming, homeowners are advised to be prepared.Read More

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Wilmington, DE Joins in the Battle against the Emerald Ash Borer

Wilmington, Delaware – April 28, 2017 – If you live in Wilmington, DE, your ash trees could be at risk from the devastating effects of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). These wood-boring beetles have made their way across the United States destroying millions of ash trees along the way.

The emerald ash borer, first discovered in the United States in 2002, was found in Delaware for the first time in August 2016. Emerald ash borer adults lay eggs in summer, and begin hatching as larvae in the spring. This life cycle indicates that your area ash trees could be in danger. Stein Tree Service recommends having your trees inspected to determine if any EAB activity is present.Read More

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Stein Tree Service Gets New License That Allows Treatment for Emerald Ash Borer in Delaware and Pennsylvania, including West Chester and Wilmington

Emerald Ash Borer in West ChesterStein Tree Service proudly announces that they are now certified to use specialized chemicals to safely treat the emerald ash borer in Delaware and Pennsylvania, including West Chester and WilmingtonRead More

Emergency Tree Removal Service in Wilmington

Stein Tree Service Announces That Their Storm Aid Program Can Save Homeowners Thousands on Emergency Tree Removal Service in Wilmington

Stein Tree Service has announced that their new Storm Aid Program, which is available in two service levels, can save homeowners both stress and money on emergency tree removal service in Wilmington.

Emergency Tree Removal Service in WilmingtonWilmington, DE – October, 2016 – Stein Tree Service has announced new Storm Aid Programs designed to help homeowners save potentially thousands on emergency tree removal service in Wilmington this winter. Available in two levels, the Storm Aid Program reduces out of pocket expenses for storm damage clean up that homeowners’ insurance is unwilling to cover.

Insurance, depending on each individual policy, often only covers the removal of a tree that has hit a home. Additional damage, clean up, and downed trees then become the responsibility of the homeowner, which can cost thousands depending on the severity of the damage. Stein Tree Service has designed their Storm Aid Program to reduce these costs, and bring peace of mind to their customers. 

The Storm Aid Programs at Stein Tree Service include two levels; level one provides up to five hours of storm clean up, and level two provides up to ten hours. Each level offers homeowners drastically low annual prices compared to the hourly rate of emergency tree removal service in Wilmington, potentially saving thousands, and includes:

  • Removal of the portion of the downed tree that homeowners’ insurance disallows.
  • Removal of additional downed trees that fell without hitting a structure, or that hit a non-insured structure.
  • Debris removal and storm clean up.

Those interested in learning more about the Storm Aid Programs, or who would like to request a consultation, are encouraged to contact Stein Tree Service directly.

About Stein Tree Service

Stein Tree Service began as a one-man company in 1983, and over the years has grown to include industry experts, including ISA Certified Arborists. Stein Tree Service proudly works within Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey to provide individuals, businesses, and municipalities with expert tree service and storm clean up.


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Cottony Camellia Scale

Cottony Camellia Scale

Cottony Camellia Scale insects tap into plants and feed on plant sap, weakening and even killing plants over time. Cottony scale insects produce a cottony egg mass from which the mobile crawler stage hatches. The young crawler stage is also the easiest stage to control.

Scale insects are closely related to aphids but most don’t look like insects at all, appearing legless and attached to the plant’s leaves or stems (see photo right). Scale insects feed by tapping into the plant stem or leaf and withdrawing plant sap. Like aphids, they are often associated with sticky honeydew which supports the growth of black, sooty mold.

Some scale insects produce a cottony sac (see photo right) that contains hundreds or thousands of eggs. Scale insects that make these cottony egg sacs are called cottony scales. Eggs generally hatch in early summer and release the crawler stage, the only highly mobile stage in the insect’s life cycle. The active crawler stage is also the one that must be targeted for effective control.

There are many scale insect pests of ornamental plants and they have very complex life cycles and host plant interactions. One of the best comprehensive sources of information about these pests on ornamental plants is Insects That Feed on Trees and Shrubs by Johnson and Lyon (see Amazon below right).

Plant damage caused by scale insects

Plant damage is related to the sap that scale insects take from the plant. Over time as more sap is extracted the plant weakens, leaves may drop and eventually whole branches may die.

Plants that are stressed by drought, root damage or disease are better hosts for many pests including scale insects. These same stressed plants may be killed by high scale insect populations. In addition, sooty mold growing on the leaf surface can interfere with normal processes and can further weaken the plant.
Scale insect control

The most important part of scale insect control is timing. Control measures must be timed to coincide with hatching of the crawler stage which usually occurs in early summer for cottony scales. If properly timed, and good spray coverage is achieved, soft insecticides like insecticidal soaps and oils are just as effective as conventional insecticides (see Using Insecticidal Soap For Garden Pest Control). Over the long run soaps and oils may be more effective since they preserve the natural enemy complex which may account for most of the long term control of these plant pests.

Scout plants starting in late spring. Use a hand lens to look for scale crawlers on the underside of leaves or near cottony egg sacs. Scale crawlers will be about the size of spider mites but amber in color. Once crawlers are found control treatments can begin. It may take several seasons to completely control a severe scale infestation. Scale infestations often take years to develop and it is unlikely that you’ll eliminate them overnight.

Plant Health Care Program

Understanding Insect & Disease Problems With Your Trees

Insects and diseases can threaten tree health. As soon as you notice any abnormality in your tree’s appearance, you should begin a careful examination of the problem. By identifying the specific symptoms of damage and understanding their causes, you may be able to diagnose the problem and select an appropriate treatment.


Basic elements that influence plant health include sufficient water and light, and a proper balance of nutrients. Too much or too little of any of these environmental conditions may cause plant stress.

Environmental stress weakens plants and makes them more susceptible to insect and disease attack.

Trees deal with environmental stresses, such as shading and competition for water and nutrients in their native environment, by adjusting their growth and development patterns to reflect the availability of the resources. Although trees are adapted to living in stressful conditions in nature, many times the stresses they experience in the landscape are more than they can handle and may make them more susceptible to insects and diseases.


Correct diagnosis of plant health problems requires a careful examination of the situation.

  1. Accurately identify the plant. Because many insects and diseases are plant-specific, this information can quickly limit the number of suspected diseases and disorders.
  2. Look for a pattern of abnormality. It may be helpful to compare the affected plant with other plants on the site, especially those of the same species. Differences in color or growth may present clues as to the source of the problem. Non-uniform damage patterns may indicate insects or diseases. Uniform damage over a large area (perhaps several plant species) usually indicates disorders caused by such factors as physical injury, poor drainage, or weather.
  3. Carefully examine the landscape. The history of the property and adjacent land may reveal many problems. The number of species affected may also help distinguish between infectious pathogens that are more plant-specific as compared to chemical or environmental factors that affect many different species. Most living pathogens take a relatively long time to spread throughout an area, so if a large percentage of plants becomes diseased virtually overnight, a pathogen is probably not involved.
  4. Examine the roots. Note their color: brown or black roots may signal problems. Brown roots often indicate dry soil conditions or the presence of toxic chemicals. Black roots usually reflect overly wet soil or the presence of root-rotting organisms.
  5. Check the trunk and branches. Examine the trunk thoroughly for wounds because they provide entrances for pathogens and wood-rotting organisms. Wounds can be caused by weather, fire, lawn mowers, and rodents, as well as a variety of other environmental and mechanical factors. Large defects may indicate a potentially hazardous tree.
  6. Note the position and appearance of affected leaves. Dead leaves at the top of the tree are usually the result of environmental or mechanical root stress. Twisted or curled leaves may indicate viral infection, insect feeding, or exposure to herbicides. The size and color of the foliage may tell a great deal about the plant’s condition. Make note of these and any other abnormalities.

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