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Tree Trimming and Pruning or Tree Removal Can Be Hazardous

Many homeowners have experience with shrub or tree trimming and pruning. Some even have experience with a chainsaw. However, tree care can be dangerous, even for professionals, which is why we recommend hiring well-trained, licensed, and insured professionals to perform hazardous tree care tasks.

According to the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), which relies on media reports for this information, 118 tree care-related incidents occurred in 2020. Forty-eight of these were fatal. Most of these injuries were caused by falls, being struck, or contact with electrical wires or current. These are tragic accidents, and if they occur even among trained professionals, they can occur among untrained residents.

Stein Tree Service ensures that our tree care professionals are trained in the proper safety procedures so that no accidents occur. We enforce those safety practices, which is why you will always see our professionals wearing hard hats for protection. We take safety seriously, both our staff’s and yours. If an accident should occur, we are fully licensed and insured for the protection of our staff and clients. An unlicensed tree care worker who is injured on your property could be a financial liability for you if they are uninsured.

What Kinds of Tree Care Should Be Performed By a Professional Tree Care Specialist?

Anything that involves potentially falling limbs or any kind of climbing is best left to professionals. Below is a list of three hazardous activities that Stein provides for residential and commercial clients.

Shrub and Tree Trimming and Pruning

Professionals are recommended for these tasks for two main reasons.

1. Safety and Convenience

A tree care professional has (and is experienced in using) all the proper equipment for tree trimming and pruning, both mechanized and otherwise. Ladders and even lift trucks are sometimes needed for tree trimming, depending on the size. Trained professionals will know how to handle trees that are near electrical lines or overhanging your home to avoid personal or property damage. Tree care professionals will also be practiced in climbing trees in a way that will prevent damage to them.

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2. Knowledge

Arborists and other tree care professionals know how to trim a tree or shrub for its health. If you want a particular shape or the tree needs to fit into a limited area, we can accommodate, but we will do so in a way that will enable the tree to continue to thrive. We also know how to avoid over-pruning, and if heavy tree pruning is necessary, we can make recommendations for a long-term plan to achieve the desired final result.

When a trained, certified arborist performs tree trimming and pruning, he/she may be able to identify problem areas in the tree, such as diseased, insect-infested, or weakened areas (such as tree branches) that may be treatable or may require tree removal to maintain safety and minimize safety hazards.

Tree Inspection

Homeowners should inspect their trees regularly for changes, but with the emerald ash borer and spotted lantern-fly threats in our area, having a professional inspect your trees is a good idea. An insect infestation can cause irreparable damage to the trees in your landscape before you realize that anything is happening.

Inspections can also catch weakened or broken branches that are at risk of falling onto your home or onto a family member, neighbor, or passing pedestrian. Being proactive with regular inspections, tree trimming, and removing dead branches can provide a measure of safety from liability in some cases.

Tree Removal

Tree removal is one of the most dangerous tree care activities, especially if the tree is large. Trained tree care professionals will know how to fell the tree without damaging your property. Also, if heavy equipment is required, they will help ensure that surrounding trees and plant life remain unharmed by soil compaction.

Stein Tree Service’s Trained Professionals Will Safely Care for Your Trees

We all love our trees and want the best care for them. For family and property safety, homeowners should call Stein for regular and hazardous tree care activities. We offer residential and commercial shrub and tree trimming and pruning services, tree removal, inspections, insect treatment (including emerald ash borer and spotted lanternfly) in Delaware, and Pennsylvania. For a free consultation, contact Stein today!

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Five Common Questions about the Emerald Ash Borer in Wilmington

An invasive insect species that made its way to the United States years ago is causing significant damage to the nation’s forests. Already discovered in 35 states, the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a substantial threat to residents and businesses in Delaware.

FAQs about the Emerald Ash Borer in Wilmington

Certified Arborists in Wilmington, and across the country, are deeply concerned about the rapid spread of the emerald ash borer, so we at Stein Tree Service have put together a small FAQ to let people know about this new insect threat.

What is the Emerald Ash Borer?

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The EAB is a small species of beetle native to Asia but accidentally brought to America sometime in the late 1990s. The insect is about the length of a dime, around 8.5 millimeters or 1/3 of an inch, and notable for its extremely brilliant metallic green shell and wings.

EABs lay their eggs (around 60 to 90 eggs a lifetime) beneath the bark of ash trees, which hatch into larvae that quickly begin consuming the flesh of the tree underneath. As the larvae feed on the ash tree and grow into adults, the beetles make their way to the exterior of the tree before mating and laying more eggs. The end result is an unhealthy, or even dead, ash tree, and more beetles that can spread quickly throughout a forest or urban environment.

Why Should I Care About The EAB?

In one sense, Delaware is lucky: we have relatively few ash trees, only around 2% of the population. However, while ash trees make up a small portion of Delaware’s native forests, urban areas can have ash trees as the prominent large street tree. So if you own any ashes – or white fringe trees – you absolutely should care because EABs can be deadly to any American ash species.

How Does The EAB Spread?

Like many infesting insects, emerald ash borer in Wilmington spreads via firewood, timber, or transplanted saplings. One of the sea venues likely brought them to America in the first place. The insects also have wings and are capable of migrating under their own power. While EAB can spread to other trees by flying, its rapid spread along the east coast is mainly due to being transported by those external means mentioned earlier.

How Do I Spot Signs Of EAB Infestation?

An emerald ash borer infestation can take a long time to show visible signs. Here are the main symptoms of an EAB infestation to look for:

  • Unexplained die-off on the upper canopy
  • Small tufted shoots on the trunk, called epicormic branching
  • Distinctive D-shaped holes left by emerging larvae
  • Vertical bark splits
  • Excessive woodpecker damage, from woodpeckers eating larvae

How Can My Trees Be Saved If They Have EAB?

Left untreated, EAB will eventually be fatal to ash or white fringe trees. If more than 30-40% of the tree’s canopy is already gone, chances are the tree is too damaged to survive. Otherwise, it can be possible to save the tree. Sustained pesticide usage is the normal course of action, and advance use of treatment may prevent an infestation.

Call Wilmington’s Stein Tree Service for Professional Tree Care and Emerald Ash Borer Concerns

Stein Tree Service has been providing skilled care of trees in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Maryland for over 35 years. If you believe you have seen emerald ash borer in Wilmington, or signs of damage, contact one of our tree care specialists immediately to discuss your options.

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Can You “Train” a Tree? Stein Tree Service Discusses Tree Training

Many people believe that trees should be able to thrive just fine without human interference, such as trimming shrubs and trees in Newark, DE landscapes. After all, trees and other plants have been doing so for centuries. However, when people add trees to their home and business properties, some expect them to flourish in less-than-hospitable environments. On average, for every 100 trees planted along town streets, only 50 will survive to 13-20 years. One method that can help ensure tree health if done is tree training. When you train or practice trimming shrubs and trees to guide their growth and well-being, you enhance their appearance and improve their health and lifespan.

What is Tree Training?

Tree training is a process that helps trees or shrubs grow into specific shapes. Through careful, selective pruning cuts, one can have more influence over how a tree grows to the benefit of themselves and the tree. Training a tree can help make a tree more aesthetically pleasing and attractive, but also prevent future health issues such as helping branches grow farther apart to prevent blocking each other out.

What Is The Difference Between Pruning And Training?

You may think training a tree is the same as pruning, but training a tree is slightly different in the approach compared to pruning. While pruning can be used to enhance the beauty of a tree, pruning is most often used to maintain tree health and appearance. For example, pruning would be making pruning cuts to sides of a tree because the branches are too close to a building.

Tree training, on the other hand, is about altering the shape of a tree rather than adjusting or maintaining the shape when problems arise. Tying branches down or propping them up from the ground are examples of techniques used to train trees.

Common Tree Training Methods

The following is a quick look at some different types of training methods and recommendations:

Pollard

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Pollard is when upper tree branches are removed to create a fuller topping of foliage and smaller branches. This encourages more vigorous growth at the top, and helps maintain trees at a specific and desired height.

Espalier

This trimming technique trains trees and shrubs to grow up trellises, walls, and other flat surfaces. You may have seen apple and pear trees against walls or fences on farms. While often used for decorative purposes, espalier is also helpful for increasing production on fruit trees as the process exposes plants to more sunlight (and makes fruit picking a lot easier).

Pleach

Pleaching is a technique that weaves branches together to create a seemingly cohesive wall. Pleaching is a time-intensive process that makes hedges stronger and thicker, a good option for protection, privacy, and animal control.

Topiary

You have likely seen this tree training technique in people’s houses or gardens. Topiary is a popular pruning technique that involves training plants and trees by clipping foliage and twigs to create defined shapes. If you have ever seen a hedged transformed into animals or a a maze, you have seen an instance of topiary.

Bonsai

Bonsai is the Japanese art of growing and pruning a tree or shrub in a pot to have the specimen stay small but mimic the tree’s mature form. A beautiful example is the Copper Beech tree that makes for a colorful addition to anyone’s private bonsai collection. However, this delicate tree can also be planted outside and allowed to grow to its mature size as long as the tree is carefully and gradually pruned by a professional with a long-term plan in mind.

Trimming Shrubs and Trees in Newark, DE? Call Stein Tree Service

Stein Tree Service focuses foremost on tree health, but we often do train trees to keep their proper shapes and stay within desired boundaries (i.e., keeping a mature tree from growing its branches into electrical lines). Proper planting is important, which includes choosing the right specimen to ensure the tree or shrub has room to mature to its natural full size.

We are eager to help ensure your trees reach their full potential. For more information about tree training and other best tips and practices for trimming your shrubs and trees, contact us today.

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Spotted Lanternfly Facts That You Need To Know

One of the fastest spreading insects in Pennsylvania has been the spotted lanternfly. This insect was discovered in Pennsylvania in 2014. Since then, many households in multiple counties have reported seeing this insect on their properties and the resulting damage. To keep residents informed about this destructive pest, we have many spotted lanternfly facts that you need to know to keep your trees safe, healthy, and beautiful.

Spotted Lanternfly Facts: Appearance & Behavior

As a homeowner, you will need to keep an eye out for these insects on or around your property. To do so, you need to know what spotted lanternfly looks like and what their behavior is. Here are spotted lanternfly facts to help you identify their presence on your property.

What Are Spotted Lanternflies & What Do They Look Like?

As said earlier, spotted lanternflies feed on the sap from various plants, though again, their preferred choice of plant is the tree of heaven. That sap provides much-needed nutrients to trees, and by feeding on that sap, the spotted lanternfly makes trees weaker and more vulnerable to other harmful insects or diseases. In addition to feeding on the sap, spotted lanternflies also excrete a sugary substance called honeydew, which can attract other insects and promote a fungus called sooty mold.

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What Is The Impact of Spotted Lanternfly?

The overall impact of spotted lanternflies has been enormous. In Pennsylvania alone, their damage to trees could cost the state roughly $325 million annually. As of March 2021, 34 Pennsylvania counties are in quarantine for the spotted lanternfly, primarily the eastern, southeastern, and south-central PA counties. One reason why spotted lanternflies have been so devastating to many peoples’ trees is the way the pest spreads and migrates from tree to tree.

How Does Spotted Lanternfly Spread?

The spotted lanternfly has spread across the United States for many reasons. These insects can lay eggs on nearly any surface, from trees to wooden decks and patios to even cars or pipes. This ability to lay eggs on different surfaces means that some people can inadvertently transport the eggs across counties or even states. Below are some of the objects spotted lanternfly has been known to lay eggs on:

  • Firewood
  • Construction or landscaping materials
  • Outdoor equipment or furniture
  • Crates or boxes

Because the spotted lanternfly is an invasive species, none of the natural predators that would keep its population in control in its native environment are present in the U.S. This factor means the insect can spread more quickly.

What Can You Do To Help?

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As a homeowner, you can do a few things to help slow down the spread of spotted lanternfly to keep your trees safe and beautiful:

  1. Be diligent and watch for any signs of spotted lanternflies, whether they are adults, nymphs, or egg masses.
  2. Take measures to prevent transporting any of the items listed previously that spotted lanternfly lay their eggs on, and always check for egg masses before traveling.
  3. Reach out to a professional, certified arborist who can examine your property for any signs of this invasive species and who can advise you on the best course of action to keep your trees healthy and safe.

Contact Stein Tree for Spotted Lanternfly Treatment & Tree Care

If you are interested in more spotted lanternfly facts or want to keep your property safe, call Stein Tree Service. Stein provides various plant and tree care services for commercial and residential properties, including plant health care (PHC), tree removal, pest control, and more. Our team of arborists and plant health care specialists is certified to treat in areas of spotted lanternfly infestation in Delaware and Pennsylvania. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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Tree Care Tip: Proper Watering is Important All Year and Especially in Summer

As part of good tree care, proper watering is important, especially during the summer months when less rain falls and other seasonal growing plants compete for the available water. Stein Tree Service offers some watering tips for optimal tree health.

Proper Watering Tips for Ideal Tree Care and Health

Watering best practices vary with the season and with a tree’s growth phase. A newly planted tree needs to be handled differently than an established tree; they may require a different watering schedule or need different amounts of water. Other factors, such as climate, soil, and the type of tree can all determine the best methods and times to water. For example, leaves can get scalded by the sun if one waters during the wrong part of the day.

Generally, the only parts of a tree that need water are the roots. While you can directly water your flowers or a vegetable garden, tree root systems absorb water from the soil and distribute it throughout the rest of a tree. A good practice is to water deeply and slowly, giving the roots enough time to soak up enough water.

Checking for soil moisture is a good way to see if your trees need watering. However, merely looking at the surface soil is inadequate. Check for moistness by feeling the soil about two inches under the surface. You can use a spade or your hands to push topsoil away for this purpose. If the soil feels dry, you need to water.

Proper Watering Tips

Thorough, proper watering once a week (or more often in summer) is better than small, frequent watering. A good guideline is about 5 minutes of hose watering at medium pressure. Too much water is as bad for tree health as too little, so be careful to avoid over-watering your plants and trees.

Watering Newly planted trees

If you have newly planted trees in your landscape, be aware that those trees need special nurturing, so proper watering is crucial. For the first few months, you only need to be sure the area around the root ball is kept moist. Once the roots begin to spread out, you will want to spread out the watering circumference. The area within the tree’s dripline (the area from the tree trunk to the ends of its branches) should be sufficient.

For new trees that are still being established, check the soil condition often. Regular watering should be done for at least the first two growing seasons, including fall, as this time helps prepare trees to survive the winter. Mulch can help hold in the moisture, aiding in healthy tree growth.

Watering Established trees

Trees that have weathered at least two growing seasons should be established enough that you can somewhat relax your vigilance. The tree will become accustomed to the area’s normal precipitation levels and adjust accordingly. However, when an area has a drought period or even a shorter period where rainfall is less than expected, you may need to water trees to maintain health. Be proactive, and water before the tree begins to show signs of distress. If watering is necessary, water the soil within the tree’s dripline and keep the soil moist up to 12” deep. This watering is required for the duration of a drought, every 10-14 days.

Stein Tree Service is Passionate About Good Tree Care and Health

Stein Tree Service has been nurturing trees in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Maryland for over 25 years. We know how to care for trees, and we encourage residents to learn about proper watering and other best practices to keep a healthy landscape. For information about our services, such as tree trimming and pruning, tree removal and pest management, contact Stein Tree Service today. We offer free consultations.

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Will Insurance Pay for Hazardous Tree Removal in Wilmington, DE?

We all love our trees. From branching maples and red oaks to colorful dogwoods, trees provide a myriad of benefits and improve the look and feel of a property. However, even the hardiest tree can fall victim to disease and old age, and what once was a beautiful addition to your property may now be a hazardous object. If you have a dead, dying, or dangerously placed tree, you may be wondering about tree removal in Wilmington, DE, and whether your homeowner’s insurance will pay for the service.

Insurance Guidelines for Tree Removal in Wilmington, DE

As Delaware and Pennsylvania residents and property owners prepare for summer storms, where vulnerable trees could fall, the worry about those trees may be in the forefront of their minds. In general, most homeowners insurance companies are unwilling to pay to have a dead or dying tree removed from a property unless the tree has already fallen and caused damage. Even then, they may only pay for part of the costs.

Why You Should Avoid Waiting

Homeowners should avoid waiting for nature to take its course with hazardous trees. Waiting for dangerous trees to fall on their own may save you some removal costs, but waiting is a dangerous game as a falling tree can seriously injure people and pets or cause massive, expensive damage to property that can take a long time to repair. Injuries due to a lack of tree maintenance are worrisome, as you are likely to become legally liable if a tree injures a neighbor or damages their property.

For example, if a homeowner has a tree with an overhanging branch that has been dead for years, but the homeowner has neglected to remove it despite complaints from neighbors, and that branch falls onto the neighbor’s property or injures them, the homeowner can be held liable.

These liabilities and legal disputes can cost people thousands of dollars, even tens of thousands of dollars depending on the damage, while the damage itself could have been prevented with proper tree care.

Insurance Guidelines for Tree Removal in Wilmington

Therefore, the best advice we offer Wilmington and surrounding Delaware residents is to have any suspicious-looking trees properly inspected by a certified arborist as soon as possible. Tree trimming and the removal of dangerous trees are considered by insurance policies to be a part of routine homeowner maintenance. In some cases, our team may be able to trim back or prune away parts of a diseased or overgrown tree to reduce the risk of harm to people or property. In cases where emergency tree removal in Wilmington, DE, is necessary, Stein Tree Service is available 24/7 and responds quickly.

Contact Stein Tree Service for Emergency Tree Removal in Wilmington, DE

Diseased and dying trees can have catastrophic impacts should they fall on your property. If you are unsure about the health and well-being of any tree on your property, contact us for an inspection by a certified arborist. Our team is skilled in various tree care services, from the mitigation of hazardous trees via bracing or pruning, to the complete removal of dead or dying plant life via tree removal and stump grinding. Our innovative TreeFall program could save you thousands in the event of a need for emergency tree removal.

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Spring Tree Stump Removal and Stump Grinding Aids Summer Safety

Tree stump removal and stump grinding are common requests in the spring and summer months. With several heavy snowstorms, this past winter, many Delaware and Pennsylvania residents experienced trees falling in their yards. Some had to be removed immediately due to impacts with structures or due to blocking road or walkways, but others may have remained where they fell or may have been cut up by residents for firewood. Those trees have likely left unattractive hazards behind, namely, unsightly stumps. Now that spring is upon us, many homeowners are thinking about spending more time in their yards, and tree stump removal may be an important factor.

Why Do I Need Stump Removal?

As mentioned, tree stumps are unattractive, but beyond that, they can cause other issues. Tree stump removal can help you avoid:

Pest Havens

Tree stumps are ideal places for insects and fungus. Some pests attracted to the rotting wood are termites, carpenter ants, beetles, and other wood-boring insects. These pests can cause problems if they branch out and target your home or other structures. Certain fungi that grow on tree stumps can be harmful to your plants, pets, and family.

Trip Hazards

Tree stumps, and especially tree roots, also pose tripping hazards. Stumps can hide behind clumps of overgrown grass or weedy areas. Children running around and playing may miss them and fall, which can lead to injuries. Individuals performing yard work may also miss the stumps and run into them with mowers or other equipment. Depending on the location of the stump, tripping incidents could also subject homeowners to liability cases. Stumps may also have roots that continue to grow underneath sidewalks or the foundation of your home. Roots can even lift a sidewalk, which can be dangerous for bikers or people just walking by.

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Irate Neighbors

Tree stumps can cause problems for you and also your neighbors, unless you have a substantial property. Spring is when many homeowners list their homes for sale, and any reduction in curb appeal can impact them financially. The pests that may be harboring in your tree stump could also infest your neighbors’ trees or homes.

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What Happens to the Stump?

A couple of options exist for disposing of tree stumps. Smaller tree stumps can be dug out, leaving relatively small holes in the landscape. Some tree service providers, including Stein, will remove the debris from the site for the homeowners’ convenience.

Larger trees may require heavy equipment for removal, or tree professionals may recommend stump grinding instead. Using a stump grinder, the professional arborists will grind the stump down to the roots so that no new growth takes place. In this case, the sawdust is often used to refill the hole so you can landscape over it.

Call Stein Tree Service for Timely and Professional Tree Stump Removal and Stump Grinding

Stein Tree Service has been providing excellent tree care for nearly 40 years. Our certified arborists and tree care specialists will evaluate your unique situation and recommend the best course of action so that other vegetation remains undisturbed. Contact us today for a free consultation regarding tree stump removal and stump grinding, trimming and pruning, pest infestation, and other tree care services.

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Emerald Ash Borer – Invasive Species Highly Destructive to Ash Trees

The emerald ash borer (EAB, or Agrilus planipennis) is a green beetle native to Asia and Eastern Russia. Outside its native region, the emerald ash borer is an invasive species, and emerald ash borer infestation is highly destructive to ash trees, having infested millions of ash trees in its introduced range. The Emerald Ash Borer was first discovered in the United States in Michigan in 2002. It is believed to have been brought to North America unintentionally in ash wood used to stabilize crates during shipping. Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week is May 23 -29 in 2021, so Stein Tree Service offers information about this invasive pest.

Life Cycle of the Emerald Ash Borer

A key part of emerald ash borer awareness is knowing the emerald ash borer life cycle. Understanding the life cycle will help you understand what to do when you see any activity on or around your property. Below are the different life cycle stages of this highly destructive invasive species.

Signs of Emerald Ash Borer

Adults

The adult emerald ash borer is a dark metallic green, bullet-shaped beetle, and about 1/3 inch long (8.5 millimeters), and 1/16 inch wide (1.6 mm). The body is narrow and elongated, and the head is flat with black eyes. After emergence, adults fly into the ash canopy, where they feed on leaves throughout their lives. EAB adults start mating one week after emergence, and females begin laying eggs 2–3 weeks later. A typical female will lay approximately 100 eggs during her 2-month life; 56% of these eggs, on average, will be female. EAB adults are readily observed mating and egg-laying on the trunks of ash trees on warm, sunny afternoons and evenings in the field. The adults of both sexes are strong fliers.

Eggs

A female EAB may lay more than 100 eggs in her lifetime, depositing them individually or in groups on the bark of ash trees along the trunk and portions of the major branches. Eggs are laid in areas where the bark is rough and between bark layers or in bark crevices. 

Eggs are approximately 1.0 mm long x 0.6 mm wide and creamy white when laid; fertile eggs gradually turn amber after a few days and hatch after about two weeks.

Larvae 

Newly hatched larvae bore through the bark to the phloem and outer layer of new sapwood, where they feed until the weather gets too cold in the fall. There are four stages of larval development (instars). As they feed, the larvae create long serpentine galleries filled with frass, which enlarge in width as they grow.

Larvae are creamy-white and dorso-ventrally flattened. When fully mature, fourth-instar larvae are 26 to 32 mm long. Their head is mainly retracted into the prothorax with only the dark brown mouth parts visible. The prothorax is enlarged, with the mesothorax and metathorax narrower. Larvae have 10 bell-shaped abdominal segments and a pair of small brown structures called urogomphi, which are characteristic of all larvae in the genus Agrilus.

Overwintering Larvae, Pre-pupae, Pupae, and Adults

In the fall, mature fourth-instar emerald ash borer larvae excavate pupal chambers in the sapwood or outer bark where they fold into overwintering “J-shaped larvae.” In the spring, the J-shaped larvae shorten into prepupae then shed their cuticle to become naked pupae. Pupae are initially creamy white, but the eyes turn red, and the bodies begin to darken as they develop.

Another critical aspect of emerald ash borer awareness is identifying signs of infestation. Adults chew D-shaped exit holes through the bark to emerge from infested trees and can immediately fly upon emergence. EAB larvae that are immature as cold weather arrives in the fall will overwinter in their larval gallery. Larger larvae complete development the following spring, whereas smaller larvae may require another summer of feeding to complete development.

Emerald Ash Borer Larvae

Effect on trees

The most significant damage to a tree by EAB infestation occurs when the insect is in its larval stage. The larvae feed on the conductive tissue of the tree. This tissue transfers nutrients and water from the roots to the leaves, and when this is disturbed, the infested ash tree begins to die. At the onset of winter, the larvae relocate to the tree’s bark, effectively cutting off the tissue more. This ultimately results in the death of a tree. This can take place over several years, and the first noticeable sign is usually some die back in the crown of the tree. The tree will usually be dead by the following year or soon after. In areas where the insect is invasive and has no natural predators, it can and usually does have a devastating effect on the local ash tree population.

Treatment

Prevention of the emerald ash borer infestation is possible by injecting a systemic insecticide into the base of the tree. This treatment can prevent damage to the tree for up to two years. Note that arborists must reapply application every two years. Soil injections are another option for the prevention of EAB. These insecticides are injected directly into the soil surrounding the tree’s base and are then transported through the rest of the tree via the roots. For these treatments to have the greatest effect, the soil must be moist when applied. Waterlogged or dry soils will result in less insecticide being absorbed into the tree.

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Arborists can use two insecticide spray treatments. The first is a spray that is applied to the trunk and absorbed through the bark. This treatment is less invasive to the tree and soil. However, if the tree has thick bark, absorption is slow and limited. The second spray treatment is a protective cover spray applied to the branches and trunk of the tree. This treatment kills adult beetle and newly hatched larva; however, it will not kill eggs.

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If you want to keep your trees safe during emerald ash borer awareness week and all year, contact Stein Tree Service at (302) 478-3511 to request your free, no-obligation consultation with one of our ISA Board Certified Arborists.

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Stein Tree Corrects Spotted Lanternfly Myths

The spotted lanternfly is an invasive species that has caused massive damage to the east coast of the United States. As home and business owners try to keep their trees safe, myths about this treehopper have formed. Some myths, such as the spotted lanternfly being luminescent, are harmless, but others can cause real damage to one’s plants and property. Other myths are about the pest’s behavior and can lead people into thinking their trees are safer than they are. Below are 3 spotted lanternfly myth debunked by the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences. Learn the facts and what you can do to keep your trees safe.

Myth #1: Pressure Washing Trees Destroys Spotted Lanternfly Eggs

One of the common spotted lanternfly myths among homeowners is that by pressure washing egg masses on trees, the eggs will be destroyed and prevent the spread of Spotted lanternflies on their property. This thought is false and has two major issues:

  1. Pressure washing may remove egg masses from trees, but the eggs can still hatch.
  2. High-pressure sprays can harm trees, remove their outer layer of bark, and damage the cells under the bark.

The better way of removing egg masses is to scrape them off trees with plastic or some other instrument that will do no damage to the bark. The egg mass can be put into a bag with rubbing alcohol, and disposed of.

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Myth #2: The Spotted Lanternfly Can Only Reproduce with Tree of Heaven

Another one of the common spotted lanternfly myths is that the pest needs Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) to reproduce, which may lead to homeowners who lack these trees in their landscape to think that spotted lanternfly will be unable to spread on their properties. Tree of heaven is an invasive species of tree native to China, introduced to the U.S. in the 1700s, and is the preferred host of the spotted lanternfly. But the pest can reproduce and spread without this tree.

Research has shown that the spotted lanternfly reproduces faster when using tree of heaven as a host, so homeowners who do have the tree species on their properties should consider removing them, if possible. The pest feeds on over 70 different plants, so if your property lacks a tree of heaven, your landscape is still at risk of spotted lanternflies feeding, reproducing, and spreading among your plants.

Myth #3: Homemade Remedies Are Safe and as Effective as Professional Methods

Some homeowners may be tempted to remove spotted lanternflies on their own through home remedies and sprays. Dish soap, glass cleaner, vinegar, and chili/cayenne peppers are a few of the ingredients people use to remove spotted lanternflies. Contrary to what some people think, these home sprays are less safe and effective than professional methods and are dangerous to trees and plants. Dish soap, for example, removes protective, natural oils and waxes on plant leaves, leaving the plant more vulnerable to damage and disease.

Other methods such as removing tree of heaven or using cards or knives to remove egg masses (as previously mentioned above) are more effective methods to manage pests. For chemical-based methods, a certified arborist and pest management specialist will have the proper training, experience, and chemicals to use if needed. As always, reach out and consult with a tree care company to remove and manage pest populations on your property.

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If you want to keep your trees safe from spotted lanternfly, contact Stein Tree today. Our team of tree care specialists is certified to treat in areas of spotted lanternfly infestation in Delaware and Pennsylvania. Stein performs commercial and residential plant and tree care services, including plant health care (PHC), tree removal, trimming, and pruning. For more information on spotted lanternfly myths or our services, contact us today.

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Inspecting for Emerald Ash Borer: Learn the EAB Life Cycles

Spring is here again, and Stein reminds residents that inspecting for emerald ash borer  (EAB) is essential for Pennsylvania and Delaware residents, especially if you have ash or fringe trees in your yard. A professional knows just what to look for, but homeowners should proactively inspect their trees for signs of illness or infestation throughout the year.

Unsure what to look for? Well, the signs of emerald ash borer infestations could vary from season to season based on the emerald ash borer lifecycle. However, once the damage has occurred, you should be able to see the evidence. The emerald ash borer has three distinct life cycle phases. Stein Tree offers a look at the three seasonal stages

Emerald Ash Borer Life Phases

A key part of inspecting for emerald ash borer involves understanding and identifying the pest’s distinct life phases. Depending on the season, emerald ash borer will be in different life cycle stages, and inspecting and treatment at each stage is different. To help you better understand what to look for, below is some information on the various life phases of emerald ash borer beetle.

Spring

Adults emerge from winter slumber in the spring, about ½ an inch long. Their exit leaves D-shaped holes in the bark of the tree. The adult beetles begin consuming the canopy leaves, which could start to show signs of thinning.

Summer

During warm summer months, the emerald ash borer mates and lays eggs between the layers of the outer bark and the infested tree’s crevices. The eggs hatch within about two weeks, and the larvae begin tunneling through the bark. As the larvae tunnel throughout the tree, they feed on the phloem, the tissue that conducts nutrients to all parts of the tree.

Winter

Fully grown larvae spend the winter wrapped in a pupation cell before emerging as adults in spring. Younger larvae spend the winter months feeding in galleries within the tree. The galleries are among the most destructive aspects of the emerald ash borer’s impact and eventually lead to the tree’s death due to lack of ability to circulate nutrients and water.

The emerald ash borer has been devastating to the United States’ ash tree population as an invasive species. In order to protect our trees, we need to be aware of the signs of infestation, do regular inspections for infestation and general tree health, and take corrective measures when necessary.  Certified arborists like those at Stein Tree Service are trained to know the signs, and we are certified to treat emerald ash borer.

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The treatment of emerald ash borer is regulated, and companies must be certified to perform the treatment. Stein Tree Service is licensed for inspecting for emerald ash borer and providing appropriate treatment in Delaware and Pennsylvania. We are also certified to work in areas that are under spotted lanternfly quarantine. Our professional tree care specialists are passionate about helping trees thrive.  Contact us today for information about our tree care services or to schedule a free consultation.

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