We have been warning our customers that the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is coming and to start protecting their trees before it’s too late. This is the last call for preventative treatments! If you have an Ash tree as a primary landscape tree, it is imperative you begin our annual protection program or you will lose your Ash tree over the next few years.
Many of you are already seeing the dead and/or dying trees lining many of the highways, city streets, and homes in all surrounding areas. Those trees are too far gone for us to be able to help them. If your tree is healthy and it is one that is a primary landscape tree then it is worth setting up an annual treatment plan to keep it protected since all the surrounding Ash trees are eliminated by the Emerald Ash Borer.
A good thing to note is, if you start to see the crown of your tree thinning, the borers have been working on the tree for some time. Given this scenario, when we start treatment (if it is not too far along) more damage will become evident before the tree gets better. This is due to all the vascular damage under the bark. Success of treatment is greatly reduced once a tree is showing signs of decline.
Is the EAB here to stay? For now yes, however there is a glimmer of hope as USDA officials are working hard breeding and releasing three types of wasps that will attack the EAB at different stages of its life cycle. The good news is all three species of wasps do not have stingers and will not harm humans. They are brought over from Asia as natural predators to EAB. In Asia, these wasps control an estimated 74% of native EAB populations. We will see how it all plays out over the coming years until established. Until the EAB populations are controlled, the recommendation for treatment remains the same. Contact our Tree & Shrub Care division today to schedule your consultation appointment.