Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a small, narrow, emerald-colored beetle about the length of a penny. It smuggled itself into the country along the St. Lawrence Seaway hiding in untreated crating and shipping material. Native to Asia, it has hitched a ride to America where our native species of Ash trees have absolutely no resistance. It lays its eggs into the bark of the tree, which hatch into larvae that burrow into the tree’s conductive tissues. This burrowing activity creates unique “S” shape galleries into these important tissues resulting in tree death.
As you probably know, EAB was found in Warner Park in 2013 and is advancing through the Dane County area. Currently, Maple Bluff and Middleton are the worst hit with McFarland, Waunakee, Oregon and Sun Prairie close behind. The average seems to be that eight years after a county is quarantined, all the non-protected trees will be dead. 2017 will be the most important year to get Ash trees injected with Treeage as we are entering year five.
The most important thing to know is that you do not need to lose your ash trees. Emergency registration of Treeage, an injectable insecticide, now enables us to absolutely protect your trees for two full seasons against this invasive scourge. Treeage insecticide can be injected into Ash trees as soon as leaves emerge in the spring, typically early May, until the end of the growing season. Any Ash trees not treated will die.
Your trees don’t have to die – call or email us for a free evaluation of your Ash trees today!