Emerald Ash Borer – What You Need To Know

Filed under: Uncategorized — eric @ 12:43 pm
Mar 19, 2013

Some folks have heard of this major insect problem, but for those of you unfamiliar, the Emerald Ash Borer is a threat to all ash trees in this country. It has been moving progressively from state to state. It has no predators in this country. It arrived from Asia in packing material, first found in Michigan in 2002, and has since spread to many other states. Due to a number of EAB detections in Pennsylvania and adjacent counties in neighboring states, in April of 2011 the internal state quarantine restricting the movement of ash within Pennsylvania was rescinded.  THE FEDERAL QUARANTINE ON EAB AND EXTERNAL QUARANTINE ON FIREWOOD FROM OUTSIDE PENNSYLVANIA ARE STILL IN EFFECT.

While EAB infestation is deadly to ash trees, it is preventable. There are insecticide treatments available, and while these can be done by the homeowner, it is probably best to use a professional who is trained in the proper handling and use of the required pesticide. If you have ash trees on your property, the following informational bulletins, courtesy of the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, should be followed. Click on this link for a PowerPoint presentation.

Emerald Ash Borer

We can treat for this pest if requested. We would need to come to your property to evaluate the trees, and come up with a treatment course. Please contact us if interested. It is much cheaper to treat a tree preventatively, than to cut one down.



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