Emerald Ash Borer
The Emerald Ash Borer, or (EAB) is an exotic and invasive species of beetle right in your own backyard! The beetles are infamous pests, known for their destructive habits associated with Ash trees. The adult beetles feed on the leaves and the larva feed on the inner bark. The larva can destroy a trees ability to successfully process and transport water and nutrients.
During an infestation, the beetles will occupy the tree trunks root system, blocking necessary nutrients from flowing. This process ultimately ends in a slow death for the trees in your yard.
Tens of millions of Ash trees across the United States have been killed by the Emerald Ash Borer, including Ash trees in the Kansas City Metro and outlying areas. As of now the entire state of Missouri, and in Kansas, Johnson and Wyandotte county are in quarantine. Here are a few helpful tips on how to combat these pests & save your trees:
Don’t move infested Ash tree firewood
Cutting an infested Ash tree down will not destroy the Emerald Ash Borer pests within. Therefore, do not cut down an infested Ash tree for firewood and then move it to a new location. If you move the infested firewood you will just be moving the Emerald Ash Borer to a new location where it can attack new Ash trees. Keeping the tree/firewood in its original location will insure other trees don’t become new targets of infestation.
Buy firewood locally
Make sure you buy firewood from a local source, be careful to never transport wood across state lines. This will prevent the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer to healthy trees.
Help minimize the impact of EAB, report any signs of infested trees and beetle sightings. Take pictures of EAB, and infested areas. Contact state agencies and plant health directors or call All About Tree Care at 816.524.3073 and we’ll take the steps to report an infestation for you.
The above recommendations are just a few ways in which you can help. If you need help with an infestation All About Tree Care is the professional source for expert care, treatment, and advice for the healthiest trees in town!
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