Controlling the spread of the pine wood nematode requires identifying infected trees, cutting them down and immediately burning them. Because Carolina Pine Sawyer Beetles develop in about two months, larvae and adult beetles can share the same tree. Seeing an adult on a trunk means the tree, though healthy in appearance, may already be infected with the nematodes. Storing wood or using it for flooring, pallets, and furniture allows beetle larvae still alive inside to emerge as infected adults so incinerating or kiln-drying wood is the only definite way to stop the nematode from reaching other trees.
The damage the Carolina Pine Sawyer larvae do to pine trees is not as devastating as what their wormy tag-a-longs do. Unfortunately for this species, their fates are entwined.