What Is An Emerald Ash Borer and Why Is It Harmful?

In the past years, ash trees have fallen victim to a certain insect, the Emerald Ash Borer. It has been named the “most destructive forest pest ever seen in North America.” A website named ‘Emerald Ash Borer Info’ has made a report on these insects.

An Emerald Ash Borer is a beetle that most likely comes from Asia. This beetle was discovered way back in 2002 where people found the destroyers in southeastern Michigan near Detroit. It’s believed to have arrived in the United States will stowing away on wood packaging coming from Asia where it then began its reign of terror against ash trees.

We can look back to October 2018 where it had been found in 35 states including New Jersey, Arkansas, Ohio, and Michigan. It doesn’t end there, the tiny tree terrors have also been found in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and the Canadian provinces of Ontario, Quebec.        

The EAB only attacks ash trees. As stated by Emerald Ash Borer Info, it has so far killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in multiple North American states. It has caused regulatory agencies and the USDA to enforce more quarantines to prevent moving ash trees and firewood out of areas where the EAB is occurring.

It has also caused property owners and nursery operators millions of dollars from the EAB’s terror. The adult beetles nibble on ash foliage which doesn’t cause too much damage. Once they’ve eaten away at the ash trees foliage, it begins to chew holes in the ash bark where they go in and lay eggs.

When the eggs hatch, they go through the same cycle. They eat away at the tree and continue to lay eggs. This cuts out the essential supply routes that trees need to continue to live. This was discovered by the people at Newstalk on their article about Emerald Ash Borers.        

When the larvae continue to eat the tree’s bark and cut off supply routes, the trees ability to transport water and nutrients gets disrupted. Water and nutrients are the most important things a tree can have. Without those, the tree dies or suffer tremendously in quality. If trees continue to die, that means that we suffer.

Trees are a very important part of the ecosystem.  But how do you know if you have an infected tree? According to Emerald Ash Borer, the adult beetles have a color similar to that of metallic green. They also leave a D shaped hole in the tree’s bark when the arrival of spring season occurs. \

Woodpeckers are also a sign. If your trees have severe woodpecker damage or if you see a lot of woodpeckers surrounding your ash trees, it might mean you have an Emerald Ash Borer infestation.         

With all this information, it’s natural to be worried about your ash trees. Home Guides article “How to Kill Ash Borer Beetles” has a solution. They suggest spraying your trees with insecticide. A hand pump spray would suffice for small ash trees, however, if you need to take care of bigger ash trees it’s better to call an arborist.

Drenching the soil in insecticide also helps. The tree absorbs the insecticides through its roots causing the beetles to die.It’s always good to make sure your trees are in the best shape possible. If you take the right measures and precautions, then your ash trees won’t be the victim of an Emerald Ash Borer infestation.