Wilmington, DE – May 10, 2018 – Homeowners across the United States need to be wary of an emerald green invasive pest that could destroy their ash trees. Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week, being recognized May 20-26, 2018, helps increase awareness of the threat and advises homeowners of the signs that trees could be infested.
What is the Emerald Ash Borer Threat?
The emerald ash borer (EAB) is a metallic green insect that has been attacking the white ash tree in the US since 2002, when the insect found its way here in some shipping materials. Awareness of the emerald ash borer’s presence has been steadily growing, as ash tree populations have been decimated. EAB was only discovered in Delaware last year, but tree care specialists and Departments of Agriculture have been attempting to prepare for the possibility of spreading infestations. Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week is one effort to help manage the risk.
What is the Treatment for Emerald Ash Borer Infestations?
The treatment for emerald ash borer is typically pesticide applications. The treatments may be surface sprays, soil saturations, or trunk injections. Some of the chemicals are regulated and must be administered carefully, in part to avoid risk to bee populations. Tree care companies must be trained and certified to treat for EAB using these chemicals.
Trees that have extensive damage to the tree canopy may be impossible to save. In such cases, careful removal is necessary to avoid spreading the infestation.
Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Tips
If you and/or your tree care specialist discover EAB, you should report the finding. In Delaware, contact the Department of Agriculture’s Plant Industries Section at (302) 698-4586. In Pennsylvania, call (866) 253-7189. Other tips that could help prevent or control the spread of EAB are:
- Avoid moving firewood or using non-local firewood when camping. Collect firewood onsite, buy local, or use specially treated firewood.
- Watch for signs of infestation. Signs include D-shaped exit holes in trunks, S-shaped galleries under bark, and thinning tree canopy.
- Inform family and other homeowners of the risks. When more people are aware of the threat and the signs of EAB, the chances are better that any EAB presence will be caught early enough for trees to be saved.
About Stein Tree Service
Stein Tree Service is the oldest independently-owned tree service company in Delaware. The certified arborists and other tree care specialists of Stein Tree are passionate about the care of trees. The company offers free inspections and performs all types of residential and commercial tree care, including trimming and pruning, right of way management, tree removal, and treatment of illness and insect infestation. Stein Tree Service is certified to treat for emerald ash borer infestation in both Delaware and Pennsylvania and has been working to increase emerald ash borer awareness in local communities.
To learn more about the company or its services, call 302-478-3511, or visit the company website: https://www.steintree.com/