LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Lufkin Texas Forest Service says there's been an increase in pine beetle infestations on forest land and private property.
"This year has been an exceptionally bad year," said Lufkin Texas Forest Service entomologist Joe Pase. "I guess because we've had such a dry, droughty summer, and so the dead trees we're seeing around our yards and scattered through the forest, not only here in the Lufkin area, but really across a lot of East Texas right now, is because of the drought stressed trees and the beetles responsible for the drought stressed trees."
Pase said beetles will not attack healthy trees. You can do your best to keep water on them so they get plenty of nutrients. And, of course, more rain will help keep the beetles away.