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Emerald Ash Borer
The emerald ash borer is one of the more recent arrivals in the United States and now represents the most serious environmental threats in North American forests. A native of Asia, the emerald ash borer was introduced into the U.S. in 2002 and has spread to several states across the country. This species of borer beetle is capable of eliminating entire ash species from forests and it is estimated to have destroyed 50 to 100 million ash trees since 2002.
Emerald Ash Borer Identification and Life Cycle
Adult emerald ash borers are a dark, metallic green and have a bullet shaped body that is a ½ inch long and 1/8 inch wide, about the size of a cooked grain of rice. These beetles are most active during the day and prefer warm, sunny weather. They feed on foliage for about two weeks before mating; they do not cause significant damage to trees.
Emerald Ash Borer Symptoms and Damage
The damage from emerald ash borers is caused because the feeding inhibits the flow of carbohydrates and water between leaves and roots. This causes thinning leaves, dying branches, and death. Two to four years of an infestation will bring these signs to the tree. Some signs of emerald ash borer infestations can look just like other tree ailments. A combination of two or more of the following signs can strongly indicate an emerald ash borer infestation.
Emerald Ash Borer Treatment Options
Emerald ash borer traps are available and can trap bugs that are flying to invade ash trees. This can greatly eliminate the populations in your area. Soil drench treatments are fairly effective but work best when the tree is smaller, about six inches in diameter.
Emerald Ash Borer Treatment Advisements
If you are in the risk zone of emerald ash borers, using treatments to prevent infestations before they occur is the only way to save your trees. Any treatment you choose for your trees must be reapplied every year, which can add up quickly. Always evaluate your trees’ health and the viability of treatment before beginning. Many factors play into the health of a tree like: storm damage, other injuries to the tree, age of the tree, soil moisture, soil compaction, and other environmental factors. Research suggests that if a tree has 20 to 40% dieback, treatment can stop an infestation and save a tree. If you live outside the risk zone, treatment to your trees is not advisable.
Emerald Ash Borer Pictures
Here are some pictures of the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle to help you identify them.
Emerald Ash Borer Larvae Pictures
Emerald Ash Borer Damage Pictures
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