Emerald Ash Borer: What You Need To Know

Emerald Ash Borer

Since 2002, this imported pest has killed approximately 150-200 million Ash trees from Michigan east to Connecticut.  Unfortunately, this pest is here to stay in New England.

With an average Ash population in CT at 35%, we can expect to lose millions of Ash over the next decade.  Distinctive Tree Care can assist in taking down large volumes of these roadside dead and dying trees at reduced cost.

As the Emerald Ash Borer Information Network states: The Emerald ash borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire, is an exotic beetle that was discovered in 2002.  The adult beetles nibble on ash foliage but cause little damage. The larvae (the immature stage) feed on the inner bark of ash trees, disrupting the tree’s ability to transport water and nutrients. Emerald ash borer probably arrived in the United States on solid wood packing material carried in cargo ships or airplanes originating in its native Asia. As of May 2018, it is now found in 33 states

EAB Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Adult Beetles are metallic green and about 1/2-inch long.
  2. It attacks only ash trees (Fraxinus spp.)
  3. Adults leave a D-shaped exit hole in the bark when they emerge in spring.
  4. Woodpeckers like EAB larvae; heavy woodpecker damage on ash trees may be a sign of infestation.
  5. Firewood cannot be moved in many areas because of the EAB quarantine.

Keep your eye out on the Ash trees in your area! Once the Ash trees start “blonding”, they will die quickly.

Please call Distinctive Tree Care for a free estimate for removal.

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