Ash trees are being devastated by the Emerald Ash Borer in Aston, Pennsylvania and other local communities. The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is known as the culprit of the massive destruction of ash trees across 27 states in the United States. The state of Pennsylvania first detected the highly destructive wood-boring insect that attacks ash trees in June of 2007.
The green metallic beetles originate from Asia, but the Emerald Ash Borer arrived in the United States through wood packing materials. The threat and battle against these wood-boring beetles is prevalent in Pennsylvania. Even in Aston, EAB damage is a common problem in the community.
With a thorough assessment, one can identify if ash trees are infected with Emerald Ash Borer. Common symptoms of EAB infestation include the thinning of the upper portion of the tree’s canopy. The formation of sprouts along the bark or trunk also indicates the development of ash borer larvae. When you see holes or a woodpecker feeding on the bark of the tree, it could also serve as a sign of infestation. Holes in the bark shaped like the letter “D” indicate the later stages of infestation of the Emerald Ash Borer.
The life cycle of the Emerald Ash Borer includes the beetle laying eggs in the top of the tree in the summer. These eggs hatch in the spring turning to cream-colored larvae that feed beneath the bark creating “S-shaped” patterns under the bark. The larvae turn into the metallic green ash-boring beetle as adults.
Pesticides and insecticides are readily available in hardware stores to help control and treat Emerald Ash Borer infestation. However, only some ash trees can recover from an EAB infestation. Carefully inspect the severity of the infestation and consider the tree’s overall health. If you are unsure of your tree’s condition, you can contact a certified arborist in Aston to perform a diagnostic examination. The arborist will be able to determine whether the tree needs to be removed or can be treated to preserve its life. Consider long-term costs as the treatment requires maintenance and yearly insecticide expense.
Before going to the local hardware store, make sure to double check Aston and Pennsylvania’s guidelines and policies as pesticide use may differ from state to state. Every homeowner should refer to his or her state Department of Agriculture to seek guidance in selecting the appropriate pesticide for EAB. Finally, the complication of the treatment may well be worth the cost of hiring a tree service professional.
Call 302-478-3511 or 302-731-1718 or contact a certified arborist for a consultation.
Stein Tree Service is licensed to treat for emerald ash borer in Delaware and Pennsylvania.
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