Emerald Ash Borer
The recent Emerald Ash Borer threat in our community may have left you wondering if this pesky insect can cause any damage to your trees.
ABS Tree Care can provide a professional evaluation and assessment for your ash trees to ensure that your trees can be protected before it is too late. ABS Tree Care offers both preventive and curative Emerald Ash Borer treatment programs.
Emerald Ash Borer Treatment and Cures
A trunk injection is the most effective treatment method for removing the Emerald Ash Borer according to many University studies. That is why we use it here at ABS Tree Care. The formulation that ABS Tree Care has adopted is a formulation with the active ingredient, Emamectin Benzoate.
When dosed and applied correctly, this program has been proven to be over 95% effective against the Emerald Ash Borer!
Tree Removal vs. Treatment
Discussions with many municipalities indicate that the average cost of removal and replacement of a single tree is typically between $750 and $1,000. Although removing larger trees costs more. ABS Tree Care arborists can determine if your trees need to be removed or if they can be saved.
History of the Emerald Ash Borer
The Emerald Ash Borer was first discovered in Michigan, devastating the region’s Ash tree population before a solution was discovered. The destruction caused by the Emerald Ash Borer on our nation’s ash trees has spread from Michigan throughout Ohio and Indiana, and is currently working its way across Iowa and Nebraska.
Thousands of valuable ash trees have been destroyed by the larvae of this beetle. The projected cost of removal of small- to medium-sized ash trees can range from $700 to $2,000 per tree. Removing large Ash trees of course would cost more. The initial impact of the Emerald Ash Borer several years ago led to some financial decisions to remove trees that today would be preserved, saving millions of dollars over removal and replacement.
Many of our ash trees have been weakened over recent years from certain health conditions such as anthracnose, ash tree decline, and other diseases brought about by drought and environmental stresses. Most native borers attack only unhealthy trees, unlike the Emerald Ash Borer. It is non-selective attacking healthy and unhealthy ash trees alike.
Emerald Ash Borer is one most common major infestations that ABS Tree Care treats. Learn how to protect your trees with one of the proven Emerald Ash Borer treatments from ABS Tree Care.
How to Identify the Emerald Ash Borer
The Emerald Ash Borer leaves a very distinctive exit hole in the bark of ash trees. There is no other insect in North America that produces a perfect “D” shaped exit hole approximately 1/8 inch in diameter.
All too often, the damage is already done to the tree by the larvae of the Emerald Ash Borer before anyone is notices that their trees are dying. Eventually, the larvae girdle the tree inside the bark and cut off the flow of nutrients to the ash leaves and other areas of the tree. Numerous insects leave exit holes, however, so not all holes may be D shaped and 1/8th an inch in diameter. ABS Tree Care can identify the insects affecting your property by inspecting these exit holes and the damage done from tree pests.
Environmental Economics of Ash Trees
A single 18″ diameter white ash impacts a drainage system in the following way: It collects 2,400 gallons of water in its leaves every year that would otherwise be added to the stormwater treatment system. In addition, the root system holds 27 times the water of a bare soil. It reduces energy consumption by cooling in the summer and allowing the sun to warm in the winter. It also reduces air pollution.
If you do not have ash trees, there is little reason for you to worry about the Emerald Ash Borer damaging your property. There are numerous online resources that can help you identify ash trees and differentiate them from other common trees.