Bug battle on Lookout Mountain

Lookout Mountain is helping residents fight back against a potentially devastating pest. (Image: WTVC).

Lookout Mountain hemlock trees are under attack by insects.

In April, Lookout Mountain will host workshops so people can help deal with that potentially big time bug problem.

"If you do nothing, the trees are gonna die," Lookout Mountain City Manager Brad Haven said.

Haven said the offenders are Hemlock Woolly Adelgids, or HWA's.

"Once they infect or infest the tree, I should say, then generally within 2 years, not much more, it will kill the tree," Haven said.

The bugs are actually from Asia, and they're feasting on the indigenous evergreen trees.

Haven said there are basically three options: Let the trees die, get a professional to spray, or learn how to battle them yourself.

"They can purchase the chemical online, and once they go through the workshop, they'll know how much to dilute it per size of tree," Haven said.

Lookout Mountain resident Taylor Watson said residents need to act now.

"We're gonna have to spray and we're gonna have to spray now before it's too late," Watson said.

She said he had six trees in her yard sprayed last spring. She said, now more than ever, it's important for everyone to get on board.

"If your neighbor sprays their trees, and you don't yours, you're negating one another," Watson said. "It's a battle that we're going to have to fight hard to win, but we can do it."

If you're interested in attending a workshop on HWA's. One is going to be held on April 15th at Temple Park. A second one will be held on April 29th at Fairyland Club. Both are at 9 a.m.

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