The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an invasive beetle species in the United States which attacks and devastates native ash trees. EAB is native to Asia and was introduced into the United States in 2002 and has since destroyed millions of Ash trees in fifteen states from Michigan to Missouri. To date (1 Jan 2018) EAB has been found in 8 Kansas counties (Atchison, Doniphan, Douglas, Leavenworth, Jefferson, Johnson, Shawnee, and Wyandotte County) but the insects are on the move to other countries (including the Topeka and Emporia areas) and establish before they are noticed.
The Emerald Ash Borer will attack all species of Ash trees, except the Mountain Ash.
EAB symptoms can be confused with native ash borers. To know the difference click here.
Wellnitz Tree Care offers a line of systemic insecticide applications to treat or prevent not only EAB but also native ash borers. We do soil injections for preventative measures because they are effective and are non-invasive to the tree. If EAB is already present we can inject directly into the trunk for quicker results. We can also remove trees that have become too heavily infested to save.
EAB is spread through the transport of infested firewood. Firewood should never be transported more than 50 miles and 10 or less is best. Wood should be burned where it was purchased or harvested.
For more information about EAB, click here.
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