In the Detroit, Michigan area back in 2002, the emerald ash borer (EAB) was first discovered, though it originated in Asia. On wooden packing materials from China is what is believed to be the way these beetles had entered the country. It is capable of taking down ash trees thousands of times its size as this is the bright metallic-green beetle may be smaller than a dime. Generally, adults are about ½ inch long and ⅛ inch wide. Being extremely small, eggs are approximately 1/25 inch, and are reddish-brown in color. With distinct segmentation, larvae are white, flat-headed borers. With females laying their eggs shortly after, adults usually emerge in mid- to late-May from infestations to the trees during the previous year, and earlier if the weather is warm. Leaving tracks visible underneath, the larvae bore into the ash tree and feed under the bark. Resulting in dieback and bark splitting, the feeding disrupts the tree’s ability to transport water and nutrients. Now you know what emerald ash borers are, we at Tree Craft Tree Service would like to discuss the threat they pose and how to deal with them.
Why is the Emerald Ash Borer a Threat?
Estimates of total number of ash trees in the United States alone range between seven and nine billion, and ash trees are one of the most valuable and abundant North American woodland trees. In Michigan alone, the emerald ash borer has destroyed 40 million ash trees, and tens of millions throughout other states and Canada. While larger infested trees can survive for three to four years, small trees can die as soon as one to two years after infestation. The devastation of formerly healthy trees is sped up in heavy infestations of larval borers.
How Do You Protect Against the Emerald Ash Borer?
Suckers at the base of the tree, splitting bark, thinning or dying of ash tree crowns, tunneling under the bark, D-shaped exit holes and woodpecker activity are the commonly known symptoms of emerald ash borer infestation. To help manage this pest, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends the following:
– Along with any damage, record the area where you found the insect and take photos of the insect.
– Avoid moving firewood from your property or carry it across state lines.
– If you need firewood, buy from local sources.
– Invest in kiln-dried firewood.
– To eliminate the chance of EAB spreading to live trees, burn your remaining firewood supply before spring.
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When it comes to dealing with emerald ash borers in Main Line, PA, call in the professionals of Tree Craft for assistance. Our trained, experienced, and skilled experts have the expertise and tools to ensure we help deal with the infestations efficiently.