Delaware residents may have heard of the proposal to deregulate emerald ash borer (EAB) quarantines. However, this is no indication that we have eradicated the pest. In fact, this destructive insect is still spreading its presence in our state. The first time EAB was discovered in Delaware was in 2016. Since then, additional infestations have been found in Middletown and Seaford, according to an article on Delaware.gov. The deregulation of quarantines is actually just an effort to move funding from quarantine services to research on how this threat can be eliminated.
If left alone, these insects can cause significant damage to ash trees in particular and have killed millions of ash trees across the U.S. If you notice any signs of problems with ash trees on your property, immediate action is recommended. To know what the best course of action is, contact an arborist who is licensed to treat EAB in Delaware, such as Stein Tree Service. Currently, the Delaware State Department of Agriculture recommends that homeowners with ash trees as close as 5 miles and as far away as 15 miles from an emerald ash borer infestation take action and treat those trees that are vulnerable.
What is the Emerald Ash Borer?
If you have been unaware of the emerald ash borer threat, you may need a little more information about this invasive beetle. The emerald ash borer is a small with a metallic emerald color, as the name suggests. The wood boring insect originally traveled here from Asia and is can be spread via lumber and firewood, which is the reason we have state quarantines. A nationwide campaign is in place to discourage people from using firewood from other areas. If you believe your ash trees are being affected look for these signs and consult with a tree specialist.
How To Spot An Emerald Ash Borer Infestation
If you notice canopy dieback on your ash trees you may be dealing with emerald ash borer. This type of evidence only occurs after extensive damage and you should contact an arborist who is certified to treat for EAB to determine if the tree can be saved. Other signs of EAB presence include:
- S-shaped galleries under tree bark
- D-shaped holes where adult beetles have emerged
- Unusual woodpecker presence
- Abnormal sprouting near the base of the tree
Call Stein Tree Service for Treatment of Emerald Ash Borer in Delaware
If you suspect your ash trees are being infested by these destructive insects, contact Stein Tree Service. We are certified to treat for emerald ash borer in both Delaware and Pennsylvania. Contact us today for a free consultation or to learn about our other tree care services.