In one of our recent blog posts, we discussed everything you need to know about the emerald ash borer. You should hopefully know by now that this small bug can wreak major havoc on your trees. We will use this post to explain what you can do about an EAB infestation and what to look for specifically.
Through the end of the month, emerald ash borers lay eggs in ash bark. Don’t be mistaken by their inch-long size, as the larvae tunnel their way into the tree. Between about mid-summer and October, the larvae feed under the bark and create S-shaped grooves in the process. Interestingly, emerald ash borers don’t have the ability to fly more than a half mile from where they emerge, giving them the freedom to impact an entire neighborhood within a few years if not properly managed.
Is the Emerald Ash Borer Affecting Your Trees?
It’s not all that difficult to tell if your tree is being attacked by the emerald ash borer. Here are some symptoms to look for:
- Vertical splits and de-shaped exit holes in the tree’s bark
- S-shaped channels underneath the bark, which show that the larvae have found a home in the tree’s tissue
- Dieback of leaves that begin in the upper third of the tree and progressed downward over time
- Heavy woodpecker activity that’s especially noticeable during the colder months
- Water sprouts that appear at the tree’s trunk
- Worm-like larvae founder under the tree’s bark
Unfortunately, the emerald ash borer continues to spread throughout Colorado and the rest of the country. A whopping 30 states and some Canadian provinces are currently wrangling with emerald ash borer. As a homeowner, it can be frightening to watch your trees fall victim to this nasty beetle.
What You Can Do to Prevent the Destruction of Ash Trees
Boulder County remains under quarantine with diseased ash trees. This essentially means that it’s illegal to transport ash wood outside of its boundaries. Homeowners in Loveland are always asking us what they can do to prevent the spread of emerald ash borer. Here are some basic tips:
- Avoid taking matters into your own hands and trying to come up with a solution on your own. With EAB, it’s crucial to allow an experienced arborist to tackle the problem.
- Hold off on having your tree removed. Though ash tree disease is serious, it doesn’t necessarily lead to tree removal.
- Schedule a free tree assessment by Schra Tree Care’s certified arborists
Get to Know Our Tree Disease Experts
Locally owned and operated for more than three decades, Loveland homeowners continue to rely on the experts at Schra Tree Care. Unlike other tree care companies in the area, we do so much more besides tree trimming/pruning and tree removal. Our seasoned team is led by licensed and insured arborists, providing customers with uncompromising care in tree health. From deep root fertilization to pest and disease control, you can feel confident that we will get to the root of your tree dilemma.
We are more than happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the emerald ash borer. Call us today to schedule your consultation.