Adult Emerald Ash Borer
Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus Planipennis), an ash tree-killing insect from Asia, was identified in Ohio in 2003. The department has been battling the pest through detection, regulation, and public outreach in an attempt to protect the state’s more than 3.8 billion ash trees over the past decade. The pest has since spread from the initial detection in near Toledo to nearly all other parts of the state. Because the pest is established throughout most of Ohio, including Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and the Wayne National Forest, Emerald Ash Borer kills ash trees within three to five years of infestation. Adults are dark metallic green, 1/2 inch in length and 1/8 inch wide, and fly only from mid-May to September. Larvae spend the rest of the year developing beneath the bark.
If you believe your trees are infested and would like to learn more about treatment. Call out trained arborist today (740) 687-5408.
What options do I have for treating my ash trees?
If you elect to treat your ash trees, there are several insecticide options available and research has shown that treatments can be effective. Keep in mind, however, that controlling insects that feed under the bark with insecticides has always been difficult. This is especially true with Emerald Ash Borer because our native North American ash trees have little natural resistance to this pest. In university trials, some insecticide treatments were effective in some sites, but the same treatments failed in other sites.
I know my tree is already infested with Emerald Ash Borers. Will insecticides still be effective?
If a tree has lost more than 50 percent of its canopy, it is probably too late to save the tree. Studies have shown that it is best to begin using insecticides while ash trees are still relatively healthy. This is because most of the insecticides used for Emerald Ash Borer control act systemically — the insecticide must be transported within the tree. In other words, a tree must be healthy enough to carry a systemic insecticide up the trunk and into the branches and canopy.
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