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    Eggs are at the base of the limbs. Holes are in the limbs.
     
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    Have you IDed the beetle?

    It looks like they are girdling the tree because it looks like there is no bark at the top of the tree. If it was my tree, I would cut off all the dead lower limbs, burn them, and try injecting one of my favorite bug killers under the bark through the holes.

    gallon of water
    2-3 TBL of dish soap (Dawn)
    2-3 tsp of peppermint oil

    I would put a soaker hose around the drip line to help de-stress the tree. It is cement bound, so, it probably could use some water. This is where free water from a rain water system comes in, no chemicals added, and you can soak it 100-500 gallons at a time.

    I am not an arborist nor do I play one on TV, so, I will not suggest what nutrition you could add. I have seen people water and feed hardwoods back to life in Georgia.

    The white cocoons look like spider egg sacks to me.
     
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    I haven't ID'd yet. Need to get up in there more.

    I just put some inserts in last week.

    Sprayed with imidacloprid.

    I don't think bark is missing at the top, just the picture looks like it. Fingers crossed they're only on branches so far.

    Pine fertilizer spikes in the ground.

    Soaked. (we have no rainwater to collect....)

    I'll get it with the Dawn mix too, I've had a couple recommendations for that.

    The outer layers of bark on this tree are loose and flaky. I wonder if the flakes harbor more bugs and if I should gently remove with leaf rake?

    Thank You
     
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    > The outer layers of bark on this tree are loose and flaky. I wonder if the flakes harbor more bugs and if I should gently remove with leaf rake?

    Not an arborist, so, I can't answer that. It does harbor bugs, but, that is the way the tree is designed, so, I would not go knocking the bark off unless I knew better.

    The reason the Dawn (or soap) works (so I heard) is it breaks the surface tension of the water and drowns them (especially ants). Other bugs and things tend not to like the peppermint oil, plus, I think the oil helps make it stick to things. It will immediately kill many things except palmetto bugs (aka flying roaches).
     
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