Silent killer threatens foliage in the Kansas City area

KANSAS CITY, Missouri - It is a silent killer that threatens Kansas City's beautiful landscapes. A Pine Wilt epidemic is taking down thousands of trees around the Kansas City area.

Arborists say the disease is caused by microscopic parasites called nematodes. Once a pine begins the wilt, the needled turn a dull green or brown.

It can kill the entire tree within months or even weeks especially when the weather gets hotter.

"When the weather is very warm, the trees are more susceptible because they're a little bit more under stress. It can be rapidly transferred. tree-to-tree, especially when trees are close to each other," said Cheryl Cartwright of Cartwright Tree Care.

The species affected are Scotch, Austrian, Japanese Black, White Pines and Loblolly pines.

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