Forest Pests


Open Forest

OpenForest is OpenNatur's department dedicated to the main pests affecting the forestry sector.

In a globalized world, threats from invasive alien species pose a serious danger to our forests. If these species are not detected in time, they can cause serious environmental, economic and social impacts. In addition, with the increased use of the forest as a recreational area, it requires an update in the handling and management of forest pests, so that the technical measures are as respectful as possible with the ecosystem and its users.

At OpenNatur, we develop control and monitoring programs for some of the main forest species, focused on prevention and integrated control. In addition to the systematic detection of damage, bait is available to hunt and calculate the population level of the pest by means of weekly counts.

This gives us valuable information that will allow us to decide what, if necessary, is the most appropriate action to take at any given moment.


Research activities

Research to propose new management actions is very important for forest health management.

The entry of new species poses a latent risk to our trees, whether they are native forests, forestry operations or urban trees.
In this context, <b>at OpenNatur we innovate in the search for new baits, pheromones, attractants for monitoring, mass trapping or sexual confusion of forest pests, or to improve existing ones</b>.

This research work is carried out in-house and also through collaborators, who are indispensable for the realization of the corresponding tests.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the most common pests?

The most common pests found in forest areas are:

  • Tomicus piniperda (Pine borer)
  • Rhyacionia buoliana
  • Lymantria dispar
  • Lymantria monacha
  • Scolytus multistriatus
  • Scolytus Scolytus Scolytus
  • Gypsonoma aceriana
  • Dendrolimus pini
  • Tortrix viridana
  • Zeuzera pyrina
  • Ips acuminatus
  • Ips sexdentatus
  • Ips typographus
  • Paranthrene tabaniformis
  • Thaumetopoea pityocampa
  • Cossus cossus
  • Orthotomycus erosus
  • Hylurgus ligniperda