COVID-19: TCIA and ISA Deemed Certain Tree Care Professionals as Essential

As stay-at-home orders are being issued North San Diego County and businesses are having to close their doors, life during a pandemic is becoming frightening.

While places, like movie theaters, clothing stores, and bars, are being deemed as “non-essential,” many of us are questioning the services that are considered essential. Essential services include grocery stores, restaurants, banks, and tree care services.

Tree care services are being limited during this time, however, services are still being offered during the pandemic. In the case of an emergency, tree care professionals may work.

So, what is considered an emergency for an arborist?

Keep reading to learn about tree care during the rise of COVID-19.

Tree Care is an Essential Service

As more and more businesses are shutting down, certain tree care professionals are being deemed essential.

Both the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) and the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) have issued statements saying that for specific situations, tree care professionals will be able to offer services.

Which Tree Care Professionals Are Considered Essential?

Three categories count as essential when it comes to tree care.

These are:

1. Protecting the Infrastructure

As the number for confirmed cases of COVID-19 grows, maintaining infrastructure is more important now than ever.

People’s lives are depending on the medical staff’s ability to get to work. If hospitals are short-staffed, they will not be able to fight the spread as effectively. Noth County San Diego trees pose a huge threat to the infrastructure as the city has over 1,500 cases of Coronavirus.

This infrastructure is why tree care professionals are necessary! Tree care professionals can keep trees and large branches from blocking the roads, enabling all essential workers to get to work safely.

2. Protecting Against Dangerous Pests

If trees are rotten or decayed, they become an unwelcome home to pests.

These pests include termites, which can cause damage to a neighboring home should they take up residence in an old tree. Also, pests that can cause injury or illness such as mosquitos, wasps, or yellow jackets are attracted to these old, moist trees.

In the pandemic state that we are in, exterminators are considered essential. However, hiring an exterminator is much more dangerous than having an arborist fix the problem.

Since arborists do not need to enter the home and they can maintain well over 6 feet of distance, the risk of spreading COVID-19 is much lower.

3. Maintaining Safety in Communities

Lastly, arborists are essential for maintaining safety in communities.

A tree that needs to be removed poses a threat to any surrounding people and homes until it is removed. If a damaged tree falls on a passing car, a person walking, home, or anywhere else in a neighborhood, this event can result in injury or death.

To prevent this, arborists can remove dangerous trees before they fall.

Do You Need to Hire an Arborist?

If there is a tree that falls under any of the criteria listed above, you will need to call a tree care professional.

To ensure the safety of our community, ill, and essential workers, we need the care of an arborist.

If you need any of these tree care services, reach out to us today!

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