Emerald Ash Borer

The emerald ash borer is a major problem in Minnesota and many other areas around the country where ash trees grow. To protect against this destructive and potentially deadly insect, insecticides are sprayed in many communities to preserve the valuable ash trees that these bugs prey upon.

Unfortunately since the emerald ash borer was discovered near Detroit in 2002, it has spread to approximately 16 states and has also made its way into eastern Canada. When the beetles are adults, they cause very little damage to the trees, as they simply nibble on the leaves. It is the larvae that cause the severe damage because they feed on the tree’s inner bark, affecting the trees ability to transport nutrients and water.

How the insects got here is a mystery, but it is believed that these destructive beetles made their way to the United States on cargo ships and planes that came out of Asia. By 2009, the beetle had made its way to Minnesota. Since the insect was first discovered, it has killed millions of Ash trees and caused a number of state regulatory agencies to enforce quarantines. This infestation has cost nurseries, property owners, and municipalities tens of millions of dollars.

Treatment Services

The moment you notice issues with the ash trees on your property, it is important to address it as soon as possible. Our Minneapolis tree service can perform the following:

  • Pruning, fertilization, watering, and mulching
  • Insecticide treatment
  • Soil and trunk injections
  • Inspection and diagnosis

The Department of Natural Resources implements measures to prevent the spread of the emerald ash borer. If you have ever seen purple boxes hanging in trees, then you know it is the time in which measures are being taken. Nonetheless, this mostly covers trees along roadways and other public areas.

What You Can Do

There are several things that you can do to prevent the spread. First, you can have your trees inspected by a professional to ensure they have not been infected. The moment you notice a problem, such as the D-shaped exit holes in the bark or dead branches or sprouts, you can save the tree and prevent the spread to neighboring trees. Second, firewood should be local. If you cut your own, you should cut it in the same place you are going to burn it. You may also want to save ash tree seeds so new trees can be planted. This will ensure the survival of the tree species.

Contact A Professional Tree Service

The emerald ash borer has claimed many ash trees in the U.S. and Canada, so make sure you do all you can to keep your trees alive and prevent the spread. To take the first step, call us at 1-800-311-3919 to schedule your free quote.