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Pine Beetles and falling trees add insult to injury

A few months before the hurricane struck I had several trees cut down one of which was a large pine and just a few days later the pine beetles were gnawing away at the stump.  I was expecting them to be a big problem after the storm as stressed pines are easy prey for them but did not see any signs of them until two months ago.  We now have many of the few remaining upright pines dying from the damage these creatures do.  A few days ago we had some strong winds ahead of a thunderstorm and brought down another pine right across one of my drives.