Southern Pine Beetles Loom as Potential Threat to South Carolina’s Stressed Trees

For about 15 years, the state’s most destructive forest insect has been lying low in South Carolina. But damage caused by recent droughts, storms and fires raises the specter of a resurgence.

Sizable infestations of southern pine beetles have been few and far between since the last major outbreak in 2000-2002, when the tiny but voracious creatures caused about $1.5 billion in damage in the southeastern United States to loblolly, shortleaf, longleaf, pitch, pond and Virginia pines. read more >>