PEST ALERT: Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus Planipennis)
This year many of us who have ash trees on our property will need to take positive steps to prevent Emerald Ash Borer from infecting them otherwise our beautiful ash trees will have to be cut down to prevent the further spread of this pest through the rest of the community.
The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a green beetle that is highly destructive to ash trees. The potential damage of this insect rivals that of Chestnut Blight and Dutch Elm Disease.
Native to eastern Asia, this pest was first discovered in Canada and the U.S. in 2002. The EAB has killed millions of ash trees in South-Western Ontario, Michigan and surrounding states, and poses a major economic and environmental threat to urban and forested areas in both countries.
The EAB infestation pattern is similar to a locust plague in that populations grow exponentially after it is introduced in the area. Approximately 11 years after being introduced, it will have wiped out all of the ash trees in the region. The Emerald Ash Borer chews through the trunk of the tree as well as the inner bark creating winding galleries as they feed on the ash trees sap. This cuts off the flow of the water and nutrients to the tree thus causing the larva to die off.
S-shaped tunnels under the bark filled with fine dust
We have identified areas in each neighborhood where the trees are more at risk than others and will be treating the trees with a special solution which raises the EAB’s sugar level causing it to die off.
If you see suspected signs of infestation of your ash trees please call our office at 613-580-2478.
Tree removal to begin mid-January 2014. More info.