Protecting Your Trees From the Emerald Ash Borer

The Emerald Ash Borer is a highly-damaging, lethal pest that has caused over $50 billion in damages within the United States since its introduction in 2002. Slowly traveling across the country for nearly two decades, the Emerald Ash Borer has finally found its way to Larimer County.

Larimer County is known for having rich tree biodiversity — and the many variations of ash make up a large part of the total tree population. The presence of the Emerald Ash Borer now threatens ash trees in the Loveland and Fort Collins area — meaning that now is the time to schedule an Emerald Ash Borer Treatment. 

What You Need to Know About the Emerald Ash Borer

The Emerald Ash Borer is not to be confused with other invasive pests. In fact, the Emerald Ash Borer is much more of an issue than other pests — for both damages and the extent of treatment. Below are a few key things that you should know about the Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald Ash Borers Kill Trees Quickly

When the Emerald Ash Borer infests your tree, your tree will likely die within three years if treatment is neglected. The beetles lay their eggs on the leaves of the upper canopy to manifest their infestation. Once this is done, the larvae quickly take over the tree — moving around under the bark and essentially strangling the tree. A large, healthy ash that has gone untreated is no match for the Emerald Ash Borer.

Some ashs Can Be Saved 

Being that the Emerald Ash borer is here, now is the time to protect your trees. Before the ash tree is infected, and sometimes shortly after the tree has been infected, the tree can be treated by using injectable pesticides. The pesticides create a toxic environment for the borers under the bark and prevents the pests from being able to do much damage to the tree. 

Areas With Emerald Ash Borers Are Quarantined 

If emerald Ash Borers are identified in an area, that area is subject to a federally administered quarantine. But why?

It is believed that infested firewood that was brought from another part of the country is what introduced the Emerald Ash Borer to Colorado in 2013. The federal quarantine ensures that wood is not transported to any other Emerald Ash Borer-free parts of the state and country. 

Schedule an Emerald Ash Borer Treatment for Your Northern Colorado Home Today!

If you live in Larimer County and have ash trees on your property, we urge you to get in touch with your local Loveland arborist at Schra Tree Care today. Contact us today to request an Emerald Ash Borer consultation or to schedule a treatment.