Insects & Disease

Identification and control of insects and disease is important to help prevent downgraded quality, volume and mortality of trees in your woodlot.

Actions you can take to minimize damage includes:

  • learning about the insects and disease present in your area by consulting with your local NS Department of Natural Resources Pest Detection Officers
  • visit your woodland regularly to check for damage and if appropriate remove infected trees as quickly as possible
  • diversify the species and age classes in your woodland
  • keep your woodland as healthy as possible, removing the weaker trees to which insects and diseases are attracted
  • promote beneficial insects and birds to help reduce insect problems
  • document insect and disease populations and treatments used to help forecast problems in the future and understand what works effectively as a control
  • develop an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategy for your woodlot


Integrated Pest Management
Forest Insects & Disease
NS Department of Natural Resources

Pest Detection Officers (PDO's)
Regional Offices
NS Department of Natural Resources

Forest Pest Information
Canadian Forest Service - Atlantic Forestry Centre

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
Forestry Section

Christmas Tree Pest Manual - ONLINE
- United States Department of Agriculture

Exotic Forest Pest Information System for North America
- Identifies exotic insects, mites and pathogens with potential to cause significant damage to North American forest resources. Database contains background information for each identified pest and is intended to serve as a resource for regulatory and forest protection agencies in North America.

Photo Archive - Great Lakes Forestry Centre
- Online
Natural Resources Canada

Nest Box Construction
- Online
Canadian Wildlife Federation

Detection & Recognition of Forest Pests - CD
- Online
Fundy Model Forest
Diagnostic tool, ID, information on pests and pest problems common to the Acadian Forest region
Order: $5 for shipping/handling

NSDNR Woodlot Management Home Study Program
- Online or Mail
Module 10A - Managing Woodlot Finances
Planning & Investment Guide