Controlling Brazilian Pepper Trees
Notorious and relentless, nothing can wreck the ecology of a Central Florida environment quite as quickly as the Brazilian pepper tree. Over the years, this tree has become one of the most common invasive species in the state, covering over 700,000 acres alone according to an estimate by the Florida Wildlife Commission. They are bafflingly well-adapted to the Florida Climate, and removal of them is an arduous task sometimes best taken up only by experts in Orlando pest removal. The tree looks a bit more like a shrub or a bush and can grow like a contortionist in incredible places, often needing only a few feet to flourish. They are easily identifiable by their clusters of bright red berries.
Efficient removal of the Brazilian pepper is of critical importance to the native environment, as they choke out all plants in their vicinity and do not offer habitat for any local animals. They also grow at alarmingly fast rates, so it doesn’t take one long to turn into a formidably built tree that can take a full afternoon to extract. The secondary issue is with the density of their growth and the thick canopy the trees create. From a strictly human perspective, Brazilian peppers are related to poison ivy and can cause allergic reactions based simply on touch alone. Wandering mistakenly into a forest of them can be related to walking through a very unpleasant spice cabinet.
This leads to an important question: how can they be controlled in the Central Florida area? A few methods have proved reasonably useful; herbicides such as Roundup Super Concrete and Vine-X are effective, as is Basal bark treatment. Basal bark treatment works slowly, as the herbicide slowly seeps into the tree (after leaves and vines have been removed) but is rather effective. Once Brazilian peppers get to a certain size and density, complete removal from the root is often the only recommendation, and it is not an easy task. Hence the wisdom in getting to them early. The trees can get to over 30 feet tall with trunks as thick as small cars (and did we mention the noxious pepper-like allergy they inflict?).
Brazilian pepper trees, if only removed from the surface, re-grow rather easily; it’s one of the many adaptations that have made their spread throughout the state so very rapid. As they destroy and damage habitat around your home, the sound of songbirds will be no more. Because of the complications they can cause, it’s often wise to consult those with skills in the field, such as the Orlando pest removal experts at Apex. We have decades of experience with the Brazilian pepper tree and can consult not only with removal, but with closing off areas where they can be prone to grow. For more information, contact us at (866) 675-4070. We offer a free, no-obligation quote and visit and will always get back to you within 24 hours.