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Mitchell Pest Control, Inc. has been the Plant Health Care Professional since 1947. We are proud of our 60 years of experience in Southern California providing solutions to insect and disease problems of ornamental trees and shrubs.

Our Services Include: Disease and Insect Diognosis, Arborist Reports, Tree Spraying, Deep Root Fertilization, and Soil Injection.

Tree Spraying

Mitchell Pest Control uses the safest and most effective insecticides and fungicides. People can re-enter area within a few hours after application or until the application area is dry. We request that you keep any pets inside during this time. Windows should be closed and the job site should be free of workers outside. Applications can be scheduled to avoid any spraying the day your gardener is working. 

Spraying for Sycamore Scale 


Spraying a Ficus Hedge for Cuban Laurel Thrips


Bark Beetle

Bark beetles, family Scolytidae, are common pests of conifers and some attack broadleaf trees. Several hundred species occur in the United States. The most common species infesting pines in California are the western pine beetle (Dendroctonus brevicomis), engraver beetles (Ips spp.), and the red turpentine beetle (Dendroctonus valens). Cedar and cypress bark beetles (Phloeosinus spp.) attack arborvitae, Chamaecyparis, cypress, and redwoods. Oak ambrosia beetles (Monarthrum spp.) and oak bark beetles (Pseudopityophthorus spp.) attack oaks and certain other broadleaves including California buckeye and tanbark oak. Shothole borer(Scolytus rugulosus) attacks damaged trunks of many broadleaved tree species, including English laurel, fruit trees, and hawthorn. The European elm bark beetle (Scolytus multistriatus) feeds only on elms and vectors the Dutch elm disease fungus. Other common wood-boring pests in landscapes include clearwing moths (family Sesiidae) (for more information, see Pest Notes: Clearwing Moths, listed in Suggested Reading), longhorned borers (Cerambycidae), and roundheaded borers (Buprestidae).