What’s Up With This Pesky Little Bug?Jun 28, 2016 | By: KM Landscaping
It’s amazing to think a ½ inch long bug can cause so much commotion, but the Emerald Ash Borer seems to be doing just that. Ultimately, all of our ash trees are in danger of becoming victims of this small metallic-green beetle. The EAB has now been confirmed in Omaha which means everyone needs to be doing their due diligence to educate themselves to help slow down the infestation.
“The larvae of this wood-boring insect tunnel under the bark of ash trees, disrupting the flow of water and nutrients, ultimately causing the tree to die. EAB infested ash trees will exhibit thinning or dying branches in the top of the tree, S-shaped larval galleries in the bark, D-shaped exit holes and suckers (along the trunk and main branches).” From the NDA New Release 6/8/16.
The EAB is not a surprise to most in the area; even though the wood-boring pest is slow to move on it’s own at only one to two miles by itself the wide transport of trees, firewood and other ash wood products is the main culprit for the speed of the infestation. Nebraska is the 27th state to confirm an EAB infestation since it’s first appearance in 2002.
There are some ways to help slow the EAB infestation. One, stay informed on which counties are under the NDA issued quarantine. Two, use local firewood only; a good rule of thumb is to purchase or cut your firewood in the same county you are burning. Three, treat all Ash trees within a 15 mile radius of all EAB confirmed infestations.
If you are reading this, you are most likely in our area, and you should really consider treating your ash tree now since it is not a matter of if but when your ash tree will be effected. There are a couple of systems currently on the market, one of which actually drills a hole in the tree and then needs to be plugged which causes more damage to the tree and unsightly blemishes especially since you will need to continue to treat the ash trees to remain effective against the EAB.
Our system is known as the ArborSystems Direct-Inject and is like a flu shot for a tree. It causes almost no noticeable hole, requires no drilling or plug and places the chemical where the EAB does the damage in the cambial zone under the bark. You may be wondering if your ash is worth treating; our chemical is highly effective with a nearly 90% effective rate and can treat a tree that is at least 50% alive. Another plus to our product is that we only need to treat every two years instead of once a year.
If you are interested in having us come out to treat your ash find out the number of injections needed by measuring the circumference of each tree about 8” from the base and divide by four, this will give you the number of injections needed, call us at 402-625-2500 and we can give you an estimate.