Agrilis planipennis, more commonly known as the Emerald Ash Borer, is a species of beetle that survives only on ash trees and is capable of killing every known ash species native to North America. The first infestation was discovered in Michigan in 2002. Since then, the pest has spread to fifteen states. Any homeowner who has this species of tree should learn more about Emerald Ash Borer prevention methods.
These insects prefer green and black ash, so these species of ash trees are usually attacked first. White ash are attacked later than green and black ash. Blue ash have proven to be even more resistant, and Wayne White has been able to document that a relatively rare variety of red ash seems to be the most resistant. Even the blue ash and red ash will succumb with time.
Homeowners are urged to start a preventative treatment program as soon as an infestation is reported within a 15-mile radius of their location. Prevention is the best way to battle this pest, since visible signs of infestation may not show up for three years or more.
Emerald Tree Care, LLC will be able to provide an effective treatment for protecting your ash trees from this damaging insect. We combine a soil treatment with a tree trunk injection to introduce insecticide systemically to your tree. A specially designed hypodermic needle is used to inject insecticide underneath the bark. The insecticide is then trans-located throughout the tree within the exact areas where these pests eventually feed. Yearly treatments are recommended when you are in an area of increasing insect populations.
Homeowners who live within 15 miles of where an infestation has been confirmed by their state’s Agriculture Department are encouraged to contact Emerald Tree Care, LLC and Board Certified Master Arborist Wayne A. White to ask about their Emerald Ash Borer treatment programs. Trees that are treated early have a better chance of recovery and survival.
Emerald Tree Care, LLC offers professional Emerald Ash Borer treatment in the five states of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Be sure and contact us before it is too late!