Residential and commercial property owners value their well-maintained landscapes and foliage. It is important to most property owners that their trees are healthy and appealing. On top of tree trimming, pruning, fertilizing, and other common tree care, eliminating infestation threats is equally important for a tree’s health. Continue reading to learn about the Emerald Ash Borer, as well as, the signs and symptoms of an Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) infestation.
Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus Planipennis)
The Emerald Ash Borer has been infecting North American trees and foliage for as long as man has been around. These beetle-like insects are easily identifiable and somewhat beautiful, in a way. They are a bright green, metallic looking insects with a half inch long flattened back and purple abdominal sections beneath their wings. Although quite beautiful, Emerald Ash Borers are extremely detrimental to the well-being of our trees.
Emerald Ash Borers were originally found in the Eastern parts of the world, such as Russia, Japan, Korea, and China. It wasn’t until 2002 that Emerald Ash Borers were discovered in North America. They most likely came from ash wood being transferred into the states. They mostly affect Ash trees, but can cause implications to other surrounding foliage as well. Emerald Ash Borers usually attack stressed or dying trees, but can also invade perfectly healthy Ash tree too.
How to Spot an Emerald Ash Borer Infestation
There are several ways to identify an Ash Borer infestation in Ash trees and other foliage. Their activities and behaviors leave clues behind that can only suggest an Ash Borer problem. Here is a list of common signs and symptoms of a tree infected and overcome with Emerald Ash Borer colonies:
✅ Splitting Bark
✅ Canopy Thinning and Die-Back
✅ Foliage Bareness
✅ Vertical Fissures on Bark
✅ Callous Tissue Formation
✅ Exposed Galleries under Bark Split
✅ Snake-Shaped Larvae Feeding Galleries in Bark
✅ Frass Accumulation (Mix of Saw Dust and Excrement)
✅ D or L-Shaped Holes in Trunk
✅ Increase Woodpecker Activity
✅ Sprout Growth from Roots and Trunk
✅ Larger-than-Normal Leaves
EAB Treatment and Prevention
A property owner has various options when it comes to rehabilitating trees infected with Emerald Ash Borer colonies. The only possible treatments and options for Emerald Ash Borer infestations is insecticides or tree removal. By hiring a tree care company, proprietors can learn methods to preventing pest problems and infestations in their trees. Prevention and routine maintenance are the best ways to protect trees from Emerald Ash Borers and other tree ailments.
Licensed and Insured Tree Service in Indianapolis, Indiana
Call Timberland Tree Care at 317-348-0811 for Emerald Ash Borer tree service in Indianapolis, Indiana. We are licensed and experienced tree care contractors who offer a wide range of professional-level tree work at all scopes. Whether you need a stump removed, or an entire lot cleared, we are the pros to trust for quality work at the right price.