The Emerald Ash Borer: Signs, Treatment, & Response

The Emerald Ash Borer: Signs, Treatment, & Response

The Emerald Ash Borer has finally made its way to Colorado. Since its introduction to the United States in 2002, the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive pest species, has slowly made its way across the United States — moving East to West from its first infestation that is believed to be located in Michigan.

Since the discovery of the Emerald Ash Borer, over 26 states have been plagued with heavy tree loss. The Emerald Ash Borer does not have any natural predators, so when it is transported from point A to point B (usually by infested firewood), the pest has no problem plaguing and destroying local ash tree populations.

Northern Colorado is home to a large ash tree population — meaning that the Fort Collins, Greely, and Loveland areas are all at high-risk of infestation — especially after the Emerald Ash Borer was detected in Larimer County for the first time recently.

As a Northern Colorado homeowner, you might be wondering what you should know about the Emerald Ash Borer. In today’s blog, we will be discussing some of the general information that you should know about your trees and the Emerald Ash Borer in the event that the pest makes its way farther North in the coming months.

Signs Of Infestation

If you have an ash tree on your property, it is important that you are able to recognize the signs of infestation. Ash trees might be able to be saved by your local pest control provider if the infestation is caught early enough. Below, we have listed some of the telltale signs that you’re dealing with an Emerald Ash Borer infestation.

  • Thinning crown (very top of the tree)
  • Canopy dieback
  • Excessive sprouting at the tree base
  • Small D-shaped holes
  • Splitting bark
  • Woodpecker activity (feeding)

If you notice any of the above signs, it might be worth it tom contact your local Emerald Ash Borer Specialist, here at Schra Tree Care. Even if it is a false alarm, it is worth scheduling an inspection for your ash tree.


Taking Action

So your trees have been infested by the Emerald Ash Borer. What can you do now?

When it comes to dealing with the Emerald Ash Borer, it is important to note that the most effective way to avoid serious tree loss is to take preventative measures. One of the ways that you can do so is to contact your local tree services provider, here at Schra Tree Care to schedule preventative inoculation treatments. Other than preventative measures, all other protective actions are responsive — meaning that an infestation has already occurred.

If an infestation has occurred, you have two options — treatment or removal. While it is always our intent as your Loveland Emerald Ash Borer specialists to save your tree by treating it and removing unsalvageable sections, sometimes the most effective option is full removal.