In 2002, the landscape changed for owners of ash trees. It was then that the tiny beetle known as the Emerald Ash Borer was discovered in Michigan.
By 2009, according to the USDA, it is estimated that the Emerald Ash Borer had killed 58,000,000 ash trees across thirteen states.
Like many other ailments that once meant certain death, new treatments mean hope for the owners of trees afflicted by Emerald Ash Borers.
You probably have several questions about Emerald Ash Borer treatment, we hope to address them all below:
IS EMERALD ASH BORER TREATMENT EFFective?
For a tree to be a good candidate for EAB treatment, it needs to be free of other pre-existing conditions. Unfortunately for tree owners, if EAB is one of many issues, it is likely the tree cannot be saved.
Once an examination for pre-existing condition is complete, and the tree is otherwise healthy, the tree can be evaluated for EAB treatment.
If everything checks out, the treatment needs to be applied at the proper time, in the proper manner, by an experienced tree service provider.
Assuming the application was done properly, you can expect an 85%-95% effectiveness.
WHAT ARE THE Options for Emerald Ash Borer TREATMENT?
EAB can be treated four different ways: canopy spray, bark spray, trunk injection, and soil injection.
Soil injections and trunk injections are by far the most common treatment options. There involve injecting the treatment directly into the tree. The treatment then works its way through the trees entire internal structure, much like water or fertilizer would. The most destructive phase of the beetle’s life cycle is the larval phase, which is targeted with these injections.
Occasionally extremal sprays are used to prevent the adult insects from laying eggs or feeding. Proper application helps to limit the environmental impact of the treatment.
Can I treat EAB myself with a diy solution?
Several factors need to be considered for an Emerald Ash Borer treatment to be effective. These include dose, timing, product quality, and health of the tree.
Although a homeowner can purchase a high quality product with the same active ingredients as those the pros use, not all contain a high enough concentration of the active ingredient, and a homeowner may not effective consider the other factors required for an effective treatment.
Because Emerald Ash Borers can kill your tree, it is strongly recommended that you hire a professional.
When Should I TREAT FOR EMERALD ASH BORER?
As soon as possible! If you learn Emerald Ash Borer is in the area, do not wait. Your tree’s chances of survival are greatly improved if treated early and properly.
Even if you haven’t seen any signs of this annoying little beetle, get your tree inspected by a professional if you learn of EAB in the area. Emerald Ash Borer has been confirmed in 25 states, including: Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Missouri, Virginia, Minnesota, New York, Kentucky, Iowa, Tennessee, Connecticut, Kansa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Georgia, Colorado, New Jersey, Arkansas and Louisiana. For a current list, visit the USDA.
If you have ash trees in the Brainerd Lakes Area, and are concerned about EAB, call today for a consultation.