EMERALD ASH BORER ARRIVES IN PHILLY AREA
May 2, 2012
An invasive tree borer that has been marching throughout the Midwest for the last 10 years has been discovered on the doorstep of Philadelphia. The Emerald Ash Borer, first discovered in Michigan in 2002, has been found infesting Ash trees in Warrington. An arborist from a tree service in Sellersville discovered the infested Ash trees while doing tree pruning work in Warrington.
There are several tell-tail signs to look for to determine if your Ash tree may be infested with Emerald Ash Borer:
Thinning foliage in the upper canopy of an Ash tree.
Bark splits on tree branches or on the tree trunk.
Sprouts growing from the lower trunk of an Ash tree.
Woodpeckers peeling bark from the Ash tree while searching for larva.
D-shaped exit holes on Ash tree branches or the tree trunk.
Tree services have several options available to control Emerald Ash Borer. Depending on the size and location of your Ash tree, a tree service can use tree spraying, insecticide soil injections, or trunk injections to control Emerald Ash Borer. Some of these Emerald Ash Borer control treatments need to be done annually, while others provide control for more than one growing season. If you have a medium or large Ash tree it's probably cheaper in the long run to control Emerald Ash Borer than it is to remove and replace your Ash tree.
Bucks County homeowners will need to decide if they are going to save their Ash trees with insect control treatments or remove their Ash trees. With Emerald Ash Borer in the area it's not a question of if they will find your Ash tree, just when they will find your Ash tree.