Early detection makes all the difference in Beetle fight

Once mountain pine beetles invade a tree and begin digging channels inside of it, the cause is lost, insect pest expert Kevin Wanner told Great Falls city commissioners last week.

However, if only a few beetles are snooping around a tree, Wanner said he would not hesitate to try to protect a Scotch pine tree in his own yard.

If no beetles are around, spraying a tree probably will yield good results, he said.