It’s hard to imagine a small, green jewel beetle being responsible for the destruction of millions of ash trees in the U.S. The Emerald Ash Borer continues to get the attention of arborists throughout Northern Colorado and for good reason. In this post, we thought it would be beneficial to answer some of the more frequently asked questions about this dreaded pest.
- What does the EAB look like? – The Emerald Ash Borer has a dark, metallic-green body and a coppery-red or purple abdomen under its wings. Despite being just ½-inch long, this pest proves that even the smallest of creatures can wreak havoc on the environment. We encourage you to check out the “Be A Smart Ash” resource for images of the EAB.
- How can I differentiate EAB from other insects? – This is a tough one, as there are several insects native to Colorado that could be easily mistaken for EAB. If you can’t decipher the aforementioned physical traits, you may want to contact your local arborist. The sooner you get in touch with a professional, the easier it will be to manage this ash tree disease.
- What are signs that an ash has been attacked by the EAB? – First, be sure to read “How to Identify Emerald Ash Borer Damage.” Then look for any S-shaped tunnels on the trunk and tiny, D-shaped exit holes. Trees impacted by EAB also show signs of thinning and bark shedding. What’s tricky here is that it can take up to four years for trees to show signs of infestation.
- What’s the plan of action if my tree has been attacked by the EAB? – Frankly, every situation is different. If you want to keep your tree, then work with a certified arborist on a treatment plan. It’s important to know that treatment must be repeated every few years.
- Do I have any options besides treatment? – Unfortunately, there are some cases in which tree removal is the only sensible option. Depending on the location and size of the tree, your tree doctor may deem replacement the best choice. Avoid trying potentially dangerous insecticides and other sprays on your ash trees.
Your Resource on the Emerald Ash Borer
It’s already been five years since the EAB was first discovered in Colorado. At Schra Tree Care in Loveland, we take this destructive pest very seriously. That’s why we use only the most proven and highly effective pest control methods.
You can count on our tree service to eradicate this pest, protecting the long-term health and beauty of each tree in your yard.
It’s no secret what sets Schra apart from local competitors. For one thing, we are a family owned and operated business. Customer satisfaction is always our number priority, regardless of the scope of your project.
With more than three decades of industry experience, you can feel at ease knowing we will get to the root of your tree’s problem.
Call now if you have any suspicion that the EAB has made its way to your trees.