WHAT IS OAK WILT?
Oak Wilt is a destructive, incurable and deadly fungal disease that is a threat to all oak trees, some of our community’s most precious natural resources.
WHY SHOULD I CARE?
Oak wilt not only impacts trees, it impacts our community. Trees with oak wilt generally do not survive. It affects aesthetics, decreases your property value and is expensive to manage. Prevention is key.
PREVENT NEW INFECTIONS WITH 4 SIMPLE STEPS:
Avoid pruning oak trees February 1 – June 30, when beetles are most active and fungal mats produce spores.
Disinfect pruning tools prior to cutting. Use an all-purpose household disinfectant or denatured methyl/isopropyl alcohol.
Paint wounds immediately with latex or commercial tree wound paint. Paint minimizes exposure to beetles.
Hire only qualified professionals who have a tree maintenance license through the City of San Antonio.
If you suspect your oak trees have oak wilt please visit the Texas A&M Forest Service immediately at: