Cut-Rite Tree and Spray, Inc. 
(530) 525-7704

CA DPR License # 39132
CA Structural License # 6738
NV License #2832
Carpenter Ant Control: Inside/Out
Our Services
Bark Beetle Control and Spraying:
Aphid and Mite Control  :
Carpenter ants are Tahoe's answer to termites.   Left unchecked these pest can destroy a home or building.  Our expert technicians will inspect your entire property and make recommendations on how to control carpenter ants from entering your home.  They will search for active nests and pinpoint a treatment plan.   Usually one visit will control the ant problem for the season but occasionally a second respray is necessary.   If our customers still see ants after our initial service we will be happy to come back and do the entire job again for only $75!

Complete Inside and Outside service: $195
Outside Only or Inside Only: $175
Respray (During current season only)$75
At Cut-Rite Tree and Spray, we take care to provide our customers high quality services personalized for their unique needs. We are available to take your order 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our staff members are professional, courteous and efficient.

When controlling pests, we always use Integrated Pest Management (IPM).  IPM is a pest control approach that incooperates cultural controls, biological controls, using pest resistant varieties monitoring and controls including the judicious use of targeted pesticides.   Safety to people, pets and the environment is our number one priority!  

For more on IPM click here.

We provide a variety of services including:
Bark beetles are a serious problem in the Tahoe/Truckee area and in some neighborhoods it has reached epidemic proportions.   There are many different bark beetles in our area but some of the most common ones are fir engraver beetle, mountain pine beetle, red turpentine beetle, western pine beetle, jeffrey pine beetle and many more.   Some of the most susceptible trees are white fir and lodgepole pine, but ponderosa pine, jeffrey pine, sugar pine, and red fir are all at risk of bark beetle attack.                                                                            

Thinning and removal of infested trees is the first thing to do to help stop the spread of bark beetles.   Preventative spraying will protect the healthy trees that you have left from bark beetle attack.  Spraying can be up to 95% effective in stopping bark beetles and is recommend by the US Forest Service and the UC Davis Cooperative extention.

Large mature trees take hundreds of years to be replaced and losing trees to beetle kill or removing them will negatively impact your property value.   The cost of preventative tree spraying is only a small fraction of the thousands of dollars it will cost to remove dead and beetle infested trees.   Also, properties can lose up to 10% of their value, if they are devoid of large mature, well maintained trees.   Invest in spraying as part of your tree maintenance and "SAVE YOUR TREES!"     
Other tree pests include aphids and spider mites which attack by sucking sap from the foliage of many types of trees, shrubs and plants. These insects weaken the plants and destroy foliage as their excrement burns holes in the leaves and running sap causes a huge mess on decks and cars. These problems occur most often on aspen, alder, maple and many other deciduous trees.  Spruce trees and sometimes fir trees are also very susceptible to these pests. 
Price:   Depends on number and size of trees, call us for a free estimate
Price:   Depends on number and size of trees, call us for a free estimate
Scale Insect Control :

There are many different types of scale insects; in general they are broken down into hard and soft scale categories. Scales are difficult to control because of their outer protective coatings. There are many different treatment options to control scales but timing and repeated treatments are often necessary to stay on top of heavy infestations. In recent years scales have been particularly bad on aspen trees in the area. Left unchecked scales can easily kill large mature aspens. Scales can also be found on maples, willows, alders, pines and many other ornamental trees.
​Dormant or horticultural oils are sprayed on trees in the dormant season (typically when the trees don’t have leaves on them). In the Tahoe/Truckee area spring and early summer are when these treatments are most effective, from mid-April to late June (weather dependent). Dormant oils work by smothering insects in their intermediate and larval stages, when they are most vulnerable. Dormant oils also smother and kill eggs of many tree pests.

Most tree pest will “overwinter” on host trees hiding in cracks and crevasses or they will lay eggs in these spots for next seasons generation. Our cold winters do not completely eliminate the pests; they basically hibernate till next season.

Dormant oils are non-toxic and most are considered organic. They should be implemented on a yearly schedule to help control pests before their populations become troublesome. 
Pests that can be controlled by dormant oils include aphids, mites, scales, and more. Timing is crucial for dormant oils so contact us as early in the season as possible so we can schedule for an appropriate time for your local neighborhood.  

Dormant Oil Spray :
Price:  Depends on number and size of trees, call us for a free estimate. 
 Price:  Depends on number and size of trees, call us for a free estimate. 
Tree Preservation and Tree Management During Construction and Development:
Taking care of your trees during the construction process is one of our specialties. We can devise a tree preservation and tree management plan for pre, during and post construction. There are many treatments that we can prescribe to help save valuable trees on your property. We can also offer specific and single treatments to meet the needs of already in progress tree preservation plans.  

Trees with in the construction zone will be stressed due to soil disruption and compaction during construction. Bark beetle spraying is a must to prevent beetle infestations. Post construction soil de-compaction and fertilizing are also an important part of tree preservation. Bark beetle spraying for several years after construction is recommended, until trees fully recover from the construction process.

Contact us today and we can set up a customized and comprehensive plan for any size construction project.  

Plant Health Care/Deep Root Fertilizing:
Cut-Rite can help you set up a comprehensive health plan for you landscape. Weather they are planted ornamental trees or native trees; we can take care of them all. We can also help with gardens and lawns!  

We can devise a plan of plant nutrition/fertilizing and pest control to meet your specific needs. We can also help with soil analysis and irrigation plans.  

Another important treatment to consider is anti-desiccant spray for newly planted evergreens and evergreens in wind prone areas. Anti-desiccant spray can stop the drying out and decline of certain ornamental trees. Newly planted trees and shrubs are the most susceptible to drying winter winds because they don’t have fully developed and strong root systems. Outdoor plants in large pots or planters should be treated with anti-desiccant. Plants that should be considered for anti-desiccant spray are arborvitae, cedar, spruce, pine, fir, rhododendron, azalea and many other evergreen species.

We can also help get your landscape ready for our harsh Sierra winters. We can recommend specific pruning and tying and bracing techniques for the snow.

Call us today for a free basic consultation.

Tree Injection and Organic Pest Control Options:
Cut-Rite Tree and Spray strives to keep up with the latest technology in the pest control industry in order to be more effect and environmentally friendly. Every year there are new products and research coming out that help better understand, treat and control pest problems inside the house and out. 

One of the exciting new products that we can offer is Arborjets’ tree injection systems. Arborjet has designed high effective systemic pesticides that are injected directly into the trunk of the tree. They are specifically designed to target specific pests and to be easily and quickly translocated throughout an entire tree. When pest come to feed on the tree, it kills them. By injecting the tree directly there is much less of an impact on the surrounding environment. Trunk injections may also be effective for up to two years, so fewer applications are needed. Pests that can be controlled include bark beetles, aphids, mites, scales, leaf-miners and many more! Check their website for more information  or call Cut-Rite for specific treatment options and pricing.  

Cut-Rite is also proud to offer a full line of certified organic pest control options! We have a whole range of organic pesticides we can use including dormant oils, insecticidal soaps, natural plant oil extracts and much more. We can target just about any pest around the Tahoe/Truckee area with these products. Organics can be highly effective but they usually require more monitoring and more frequent applications than conventional products. Contact us today for specific options and pricing.