Originally from Asia, the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an invasive metallic green beetle that causes significant harm to ash trees.
This beetle was first discovered in Michigan in 2002 and likely entered the US via wooden crates holding products from Asia.
Since 2002, EAB has spread to 20 states and killed tens of millions of trees throughout the US. Yes, you read that right – tens of millions of trees are gone because of Emerald Ash Borers. This pest feeds on the transportation tissue of ash trees, which causes death by preventing the ash tree from absorbing water and nutrients. Unfortunately, EAB has no natural predators here in the US.
In recent months there has been a steep increase in the Emerald Ash Borer population across North Carolina. As such, North Carolina’s four species of ash trees (Green Ash, Pumpkin Ash, White Ash, Carolina Ash) are now officially at risk.
If ash trees in the Triangle are not treated soon, we will likely lose all of our ash trees within the next five years.
The good news is that it is possible to save your ash trees.
There are several highly effective treatments for EAB, including Emamectin Benzoate applied directly into the trunk of the tree.
Concerned about the cost of treatment? You can protect your trees from Emerald Ash Borers for over 20 years for less than it would cost to remove a dead ash tree.
If you have ash trees on your property, now is the time to start thinking about preventative treatments. Send us a message to schedule a free consultation.
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