Save Your Ash Trees From Emerald Ash Borer
Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a metallic green beetle that was accidentally brought to the USA in 2002. EAB has been here in northeast Ohio for a few years and has been destroying Ash trees throughout the state.
To save ash trees, there are steps you should take to treat and protect ash trees on your own property.
First, learn to recognize whether your ash trees are infested with Emerald Ash Borers. If you're not sure, give us a call at 440-564-1374 to schedule an inspection.
Second, use a safe and effective Emerald Ash Borer treatment to prevent infestation and/or treat ash trees with EAB.
With proper treatment done at the right time, it is possible to save your ash trees.
Recognize the Signs & Symptoms of EAB Damage
In northeast Ohio, the adult emerald ash borers emerge from ash tree limbs and trunks and begin to fly in early May thru June. They'll fly up to 10 miles to other Ash tree canopies to feed on the leaves and lay eggs (up to as many as 100 eggs per insect!).
When the eggs hatch, the larvae start boring through ash tree bark and eating away the tree’s vascular tissue. This creates tunnels under the bark that get larger as the larva grow, eventually killing the ash tree.
You probably won't see the larvae but here's what you can see -
- Split bark on your trees. Underneath the bark you'll see the tunnels created by the Emerald Ash Borer larvae. These tunnels usually look serpentine, like a snake, and weave back and forth across the expanse of the tree.
- More woodpeckers in your ash trees than usual. Woodpeckers feed on Emerald Ash Borer larvae. Even if you don't see the woodpecker in action, you may notice the large holes and bark stripping in the tree created when the birds eat the insects.
- Crown dieback. The upper parts of your ash tree start to look bare, with dying branches and fewer leaves. When you notice this, the tree has already been infested for a couple of years.
- D-shaped emergence holes. As adults emerge from under the bark they create a D-shaped hole in the bark that's about 1/8 inch in diameter.
Safe & Effective Treatment For Emerald Ash Borer
Trees should be treated between early May and mid-June, around the time that the adult Emerald Ash Borers emerge.
Trees that are treated early have a stronger chance of surviving the disease.
We use a highly effective treatment that's injected directly into the tree. There's no spraying so you don't have to worry about exposure to chemicals.
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