Trees infected with Laurel Wilt have been found in Bluewater Bay. These trees have been infested with an Ambrosia Beetle which attacks the tree and causes it to die. Dead trees should be cut down and chipped on site. Transporting infected trees will spread the disease which is discouraged by the county arborist. For more information visit freshfromflorida.com or contact Okaloosa County Extension Agent, Sheila Dunning, 850-689-5850, for information on the proper removal of the trees.
Beetle Block preventative protection
If your tree has less than 20% canopy die-off, an arborist in Daytona connected with UF & FL Ag, who has treated about 800 trees to date, says he has a 70 to 80 % success rate with a product called Alamo (propiconazole).
Tree limb cleanup is constantly on the BWB MSBU ‘to do’ list. Please keep in mind that when you place debris in Common areas, it does NOT automatically get picked up. Not only does this look untidy since pickup doesn't happen right away, arranging for this pickup that isn't associated with private property often results in an unnecessary charge.
Please place your debris piles at the edge of your private property so it gets picked up at no extra charge on a regular basis.