Have you heard about the Emerald Ash Borer? It's definitely something that people should be talking about. This little pest is quickly becoming a huge problem across the Midwest. It's a mass murderer. Knowledge is power people! You can't fight a battle you don't even know about. First thing first, you must know the victim: the mighty Ash tree.
Fraxinus is the Latin genus name for Ash trees. There are several varieties growing in the Midwest.
Quick tips to help you identify Ash leaves
Most popular is the White Ash
The Green Ash was also widely planted
Now let's meet the deadly bug who is killing Ash trees in the United States by the MILLONS!!! No, seriously, it has killed at least tens of millions of ash trees so far and threatens to take out most of the 8.7 BILLION ash trees in North America.
The emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) is a green jewel beetle native to Asia and Eastern Russia. Outside its native region, the emerald ash borer (also referred to as EAB) is an invasive species and is highly destructive to ash trees in its introduced range. The emerald ash borer was first discovered in America in June 2002 in Michigan. It was accidentally brought to the North America in ash wood used in shipping materials.
There are some symptoms of EAB that you can be on the lookout for to spot this little pest.
It's important to note that once you spot EAB on your Ash, it's already to late to save it. Unfortunately, EAB can kill a tree in a week or two and there is no cure once the little jerk has found your tree.
WAIT! Not all hope is lost. There is a preventative method available to keep EAB away from your Ash. Local arborists, lawn and landscape companies are beginning treatments of TreeAge or TreeAzin to stop EAB in it's tracks.
TreeAzin is a liquid bug killer that it injected into the trunk of Ash trees to fight off all insects. This treatment lasts about 2-3 years and must be done for the rest of the Ash's life. The cost of treatment is based on diameter inch of the trunk at breast height. Other factors could be the number of trees to be treated during one visit.
Trees being treated with TreeAzin are numbered and tagged for tracking purposes and research.
I've been seeing these tags on large specimen Ash that are valued by the owner because of their historical, sentimental or environmental value. You must personally weigh the costs verses the benefits of saving an Ash on your property. The cost of taking down a large tree could be thousands of dollars plus losing the shade and air quality benefits. I think it is important to get several written estimates from reputable companies before you make a decision to treat, remove or wait it out.
And always remember Don't Move Firewood!!! You never know what creatures that wood is hosting and we all need to do our part to stop spreading pests that are destroying our local forests. Thanks guys!