Emerald Ash Borer Treatment
The Emerald Ash Borer in Connecticut
The emerald ash borer (EAB) was first found in Connecticut during the week of July 16, 2012. Since that first find in Prospect, EAB has been found in many other parts of the state, particularly in towns in central and western Connecticut.
What is the Emerald Ash Borer?
The emerald ash borer (EAB) was first found in Connecticut during the week of July 16, 2012. Since that first find in Prospect, EAB has been found in many other parts of the state, particularly in towns in central and western Connecticut. EAB feed on ash trees almost exclusively. While the larvae feed on the phloem and cambium, the adults feed on leaves. In Connecticut, there are three species of ash trees – the white ash (Fraxinus americana), the green or red ash (F. pennsylvanica) and the black ash (F. nigra ).
Emerald Ash Borer Symptoms & Signs
The first symptom that an ash tree is infested with EAB is often thinning and dieback in the tree’s upper canopy. This is because EAB infests the top of the tree first. However, there can be many causes for thinning and dieback in the crown of an ash tree, That symptom alone cannot be considered as diagnostic.
A definite sign of the EAB is the presence of a D-shaped exit hole in the bark of an ash tree. This hole is left by the emerging adult, as it chews its way out of the tree. There are several other borers that attack ash. None of them produces that same D-shaped hole. On other trees, other buprestids, such as the bronze birch borer and the two-lined chestnut borer, do produce D-shaped exit holes. These insects are not found in ash trees. The combination of a D-shaped exit hole and an ash tree is unique to EAB, and a sure indication that the insect is present.
Emerald Ash Borer Treatment & Control
- Know what an ash looks like and keep a close eye on ash trees those ash trees that you are responsible for, that are in your neighborhood or that you see on a regular basis.
- Act quickly to report any ash trees that are declining and may pose a danger to people or structures. Call Mighty Oak Tree & Lawn Care if you have concerns about an Emerald Ash Borer infestation.
- Be especially careful when moving any firewood or young trees.
Do you need help with Emerald Ash Borer control & treatment in Connecticut? Give Mighty Oak Tree & Lawn Care a call today at (203) 816-8040 to learn more. We look forward to hearing from you!
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