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The Costly Threat of Oak Wilt

Oak Wilt is a contagious fungal disease that can kill many species within just a few months. While an outbreak often starts with sap-seeking beetles that transmit disease spores from an infected tree to an open wound or unpainted cut of a healthy tree, the mostly spreads to nearby trees through interconnected root systems.

The East side of Whispering Oaks has battled an outbreak for several years with some success (details here). Unfortunately, the disease is still progressing and some residents have failed to take precautions resulting in costly tree removal which can undermine a property's appeal and value.

WOHA has partnered with Texas A&M Forestry Service to track the outbreak which progresses approximately 100 feet each year. Staff update the map provided below every 12-24 months.

 

This page also provides answers to common questions about the disease and includes referrals to properly certified arborists which can assist residents.

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Map of Eastside Outbreak

The Oak Wilt outbreak that began on Whisper Circle more than a decade ago continues to spread. This map from May 2022 identifies properties which are encouraged to take immediate or impending action such as fungicide injection. Click to view or print.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Click to view or print helpful information about Oak Wilt and how to protect your property. Then click to take our online quiz to test your knowledge about this deadly and costly disease.

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Stay vigilant to avoid costly surprises.

Look periodically for signs of the disease in nearby properties.

Assess your level of risk by talking to neighbors.

Promptly consult an arborist when disease is found within 100 ft.