As mentioned before, Ips beetle usually only colonize trees that are already in a stressful state. However, this is not always the case. In areas where populations are prolific, healthy trees that are adjacent to trees already under attack can also be colonized. The strategies for preventing damage to your healthy trees and
controlling the spread of Ips beetles essentially involve promoting tree health and reducing the amount of host material around your property. Be diligent in removing any recently dead pines from the landscape and never store freshly cut firewood from pine trees on your property, especially near healthy pines. To prevent drought stress, regularly check your irrigation system to ensure your pines are getting adequate water.