When I moved into my house, I noticed that there were a few trees that were significantly overgrown. I knew that I had to do something to make things right, so I started looking for tree trimmers in the area with the kind of experience I needed. I worked with them to figure out what needed to be done, and after they offered a fair quote, I had them begin work. The difference they were able to make was amazing, and I was really impressed with their contribution. This blog is here to help people to make their trees like new with the help of a professional arborist.
If you live in the northeastern U.S., then there is a good chance you've noticed a lot of dead trees while driving down the road lately. These trees are probably mostly ash trees that have succumbed to an infestation of the emerald ash borer. A fearsome insect indeed, this green beetle eats away at the vascular tissue inside the tree, causing deadly damage. As prevalent as these insects have become, however, most homeowners do not know much about them. The following are some common questions you may have about the emerald ash borer.
What trees are affected?
These insects only seem interested in infesting ash trees. They do not discriminate between white, green, and black ash, so any ash trees that you have on your property are susceptible.
Where did the emerald ash borer come from?
If this seems like a problem you never heard about until recently, that's because these insects only became a serious problem in the last couple of decades. They originated in northeast Asia. Nobody is quite sure how they made their way to North America, but they did so in the early 2000s and have been expanding their habitat ever since.
Can you protect your ash trees?
There is nothing you can do to guarantee that your ash trees won't become affected by the insects. However, it seems that weak trees are more appealing to the emerald ash borer. If you keep your ash trees strong and healthy, you will reduce their risk of trouble. Do so by watering the trees at times when rain is scarce, fertilizing them once a year, and having them pruned. (Make sure whoever trims your trees sanitizes their equipment to prevent spreading infection.)
What are the signs of emerald ash borer infestation?
If your ash tree's tallest, most central branches start dying, then it is probably infested. The other branches will soon begin dying, too. If you peel back some of the tree's bark, you may see some of the insects burrowing around. They are bright green in color and about 1/2-inch long.
What should you do if your tree is affected?
Sadly, there is no treatment for the effects of the emerald ash borer. Your tree will die. What you can do, however, is have it removed sooner rather than later. This will help prevent the spread of the insects to other nearby ash trees, both on and off your property.
For more information, reach out to an emerald ash borer treatment and prevention service.