A disease which kills pine trees is typically not a local problem.
But Pine wilt has made its way to Seward and Meade Counties.
K-State Research and Extension's Mike Hanson says the
disease is spreading.
"It's quite a problem," Hanson says. "It's been moving about
10 miles per year. They found it in Meade County also this year.
There was a confirmed case last year in Finney County. You
really don't know you have it until your tree is dead. The tree
will look fine and three weeks later, it's dead. The needles
don't fall off."
Hanson says there is a 150 dollar prevention treatment that
works about 50 percent of the time. Once an evergreen has
pine wilt, it will die. Hanson says sawyer beetles spread
the disease and it will likely continue to spread.