Do I Have An Ash Tree?
The first question is to ask yourself is: “do I have ash trees?” If you don’t 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. You can also have an ABS Tree Care’s Certified Arborist come out for a free property evaluation.
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 it’s way across Iowa, towards Nebraska.
Thousands of valuable ash trees have been destroyed by the larvae of this beetle. The Emerald Ash Borer arrived undetected in packing cases and pallets that came from China several years ago. 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.
But hope is not lost. Your Ash trees can be saved.
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 ABS Tree Care’s proven Emerald Ash Bore treatments.
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 treatment programs for Emerald Ash Bore.
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.
Notice the damage done to the tree by the larvae of the Emerald Ash Borer. Eventually, the larvae girdle the tree inside the bark and cut off the flow of nutrients to the leaves and other ares of the tree. Numerous insects leave exit holes, however, so not all holes may be D shaped and 1/8th an inch in diameter.
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