Ash Trees and Emerald Ash Borers
Grouped in the family of Oleaceae, ash trees grow in both warm or cold climate. The adult tree can go as high as 120 feet and as wide as 50 inches in diameter. One may find ash trees in some parts of Europe, Asia and in the United States.
Ash trees serve as excellent firewood for heating because its bark is elastic and durable. Manufacturers of sporting equipment such as paddles, boats and bats, as well as furniture, have used the wood in production. Due to the wood’s characteristics, it became a popular choice for residential areas of Ridley Park in Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, with the introduction of the Emerald Ash Borer, the ash trees have become a vulnerable target.
The Emerald Ash Borer
EAB is the ultimate culprit of ash tree destruction across many states in the US. The first ash borer incident was tracked to 2002 in southeastern Michigan through infected wood bark in open trade shipments. Since these wood-boring beetles live in a different ecosystem and different climate, they prey on ash trees for breeding and survival.
Treatments created years ago to control and prevent EAB damage. However, the systemic insecticides do not cure the infestation. The pesticides can only act as a preventive measure to contain the growth of Emerald Ash Borers.
Ash Borer Damage Signs and Symptoms
If you are a resident of Ridley Park and happen to own an ash tree, be alert to the standard signs of Emerald Ash Borer to control its proliferation. Among the common signs and symptoms is the thinning of the tree’s canopy or bark splits that are vertical in nature. Woodpecker feeding, S-like formation along the trunk area, and metallic green beetle visibility also serve as strong signs of EAB infestation.
Treatments for Control and Prevention of EAB
As EAB has become more prevalent, treatments have become more available as local hardware stores stock pesticides for DIY application. Be aware that the use of a pesticide may differ from state to state depending on governing policies. You are best advised to coordinate with the local agencies involved or seek professional help of a certified arborist in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania.
An arborist can identify and assess the overall health of the ash tree and apply a systemic insecticide to serve as treatment and control for Emerald Ash Borer damage. However, when the ash tree is severely damaged, treatment may be non-beneficial. In this situation, tree removal is the only choice. The removed tree should be replaced with a non-ash tree species. If the ash tree is treatable, here is a list of insecticides you can use to control future EAB damage:
- 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)
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