Emerald Ash Borer Threats in West Chester, PA
The Emerald Ash Borer damages ash trees in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and surrounding areas at an alarming rate. The emerald ash tree borer is an invasive ash tree beetle accidentally imported to North America in 2002 through wood packaging. The wood-boring beetles have destroyed tens of millions of ash trees across different states in the US. These states have been in a constant battle to control the invasion attacking the ash tree species. With the help of an appropriate emerald ash borer treatment, the proliferation of EAB can be limited.
Emerald Ash Tree Borer Pesticides
The use of any pesticide may differ from state to state as controlled by its policies. Homeowners should contact their state Department of Agriculture to seek guidance in selecting the appropriate pesticide. Use this list of approved insecticides in treating damaged ash trees:
- ACECAP 97 Systemic Insecticide Tree Implants (acephate)
- Amdro Tree & Shrub Care Concentrate (imidacloprid)
- Bayer Advanced Tree and Shrub Insect Control II (imidacloprid)
- Bayer Advanced Tree and Shrub Protect & Feed (imidacloprid)
- Bayer Advanced Tree and Shrub Protect & Feed II (imidacloprid + clothianidin)
- Compare N Save Systemic Tree & Shrub Insect Drench (imidacloprid)
- Ferti-lome Tree and Shrub Systemic Drench (imidacloprid)
- Monterey Once a Year Insect Control II (imidacloprid)
- Optrol (imidacloprid)
- Ortho Bug-B-Gone Year-Long Tree & Shrub Insect Control (imidacloprid)
The common denominator for these specified insecticides is the ingredient imidacloprid. Apply this insecticide through soil trenches around the base of an ash tree. Before purchasing the chemicals at the local hardware stores, check the label and understand the treatment. For thorough and knowledgeable tree care, homeowners may also contact a certified arborist to treat their trees.
Things You Can Do to Prevent the Spread of Emerald Ash Borer:
- Buy local and burn local firewood as infested firewood can spread the EAB to new locations.
- If you have an ash tree on your property, look for signs of Emerald Ash Borer infestation twice per month. Some of the common signs are woodpeckers feeding, holes that are shaped like letter “D,” S-shaped formations on the trunk, and of course, the presence of adult green beetles.
- Spread information to your family, friends and community to educate them. Help your West Chester community be aware of the effects of EAB on ash trees.
- Check the origin of any purchased firewood. Larvae deposits on trees may develop into Emerald Ash Borers.
- Lastly, be in the know! Read the policies, rules and regulations governing your area.
Call 302-478-3511 or 302-731-1718 to get an ash tree Consultation.
Stein Tree Service is licensed in Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland.