Ash trees are undeniably beautiful. The large ash leaves, branches, and beautiful flowers give broad shade along our streets and the wood of the ash tree provides excellent firewood. Ash trees are prominent in several areas of the United States including the town of Malvern, Pennsylvania.
Unfortunately, the introduction of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) into the United States caused massive destruction to ash trees. Tens of millions of trees in North America have been severely damaged since 2002 as this wood-boring invasive species has preyed upon ash trees.
The battle against EAB damage continues as we look for a way to cure the problem. Scientists have formulated a systemic insecticide that aids in restoring the ash tree’s health. Insecticides only provide a way to prevent the spread and control the damage of EAB but a ‘cure’ is still elusive.
Emerald Ash Borers originate in the warm climate in Asia. These beetles are capable of living in both hot and cold weather. Their natural habitat is a warm climate, but in their native regions, a parasitic wasp preys upon them and prevents proliferation.
The EAB damage starts when the adult beetles lay eggs on the ash tree’s bark. The incubation occurs during the summer when the climate is warm. As spring comes, the eggs hatch and turn into larvae. The larvae feed on the ash tree’s insides to survive. They act as parasites and suck the water and nutrients out of the ash tree. As the green metallic beetles become adults, they are capable of breeding and invading other healthy trees.
Community involvement and knowledge are crucial in helping prevent further Emerald Ash Borer damage. Residents are advised to work hand-in-hand to educate and watch vigilantly for any signs or spread of infestation of the emerald ash borer in Malvern, PA.
As an ordinary citizen, here are some things you can do to help control the spread of EAB:
If your ash trees show signs and symptoms of infestation, call a professional arborist to give you a full diagnosis and treatment options for your tree. You may also coordinate with the leading forestry agency to further assist you with any of your questions.
Call 610-723-8056 or 302-731-1718 to get your ash tree consultation.
Stein Tree Service is licensed in Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland.