Mountain Pine Beetle
Mountain pine beetle (MPB) is an insect native to the forests of western North America and is also known as the Black Hills beetle or the Rocky Mountain pine beetle.
Colorado Mountain Pine Beetle
2012 Mountain Pine Beetle
MPB primarily develop in pines such as lodgepole, ponderosa, Scotch and limber pines, and less commonly affect bristlecone and piñon pines.
Symptoms of Infestation
Popcorn-shaped masses of resin, called pitch-tubes, which may be brown, pink or white in color, will be found on the trunk where the beetle began tunneling. Boring dust may be found in bark crevices or on the ground immediately adjacent to the tree base.
Evidence of woodpeckers feeding on the trunk may indicate MPB infestation. Patches of bark may be missing where the woodpecker was feeding, and bark flakes may be found on the ground below the tree. These symptoms are similar to the ips beetle, so be sure to properly identify the beetles you find associated with your tree before deciding on treatment.
Logs infested with MPB larvae can be treated in various ways to kill developing beetles before they emerge as adults in summer.
- Burning, burying, chipping or removing infested logs
- Solar treatments
Mountain Pine Beetle
Learn More About MPB
- Product Use to Prevent Mountain Pine Beetle - Quick Guide Revised June 2012 (2.3 MB PDF)
- Landowner Guide to Living with Bark Beetles (2.7 MB PDF)
- Bark Beetles: Are Your Trees At Risk? (2.4 MB PDF)
- Mountain Pine Beetle (362 KB PDF)
- Mountain Pine Beetle Poster (313 KB PDF)
- Mountain Pine Beetle Management Poster (1.3 MB PDF)
- Spraying Trees to Protect Against Mountain Pine Beetle (43 KB PDF)
- Thoughts on Verbenone Use for Mountain Pine Beetle (18 KB PDF)
- Solar Treatment for Mountain Pine Beetle (34 KB PDF)
- A Year in the Life of a Mountain Pine Beetle by: Buford the Mountain Pine Beetle (1.2 MB PDF)
2012 Forest Health Report
- 2012 Report on the Health of Colorado's Forests (3.9 MB PDF)
Maps from the 2012 Report
- 2012 Insect & Disease Activity in Colorado Forests (164 KB PDF)
- 1996-2012 Progression of Forest Insect & Disease in Colorado (205 KB PDF)