How to Properly Remove Your Dying Ash Tree

Ed’s Tree Service are experts in Ash Tree removal and can help you remove your dying Ash Tree to prevent any further damage from the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle.

An outbreak of the Asian Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) beetle is causing Ash Trees to die. Dying or infected Ash Trees often require immediate professional Ash Tree removal services to prevent fallen trees and the spread of infestation to healthy Ash Trees in the area.

What are the Symptoms of a Dying Ash Tree?

  • Dead branches on your Ash Tree, often beginning at the top of the canopy
  • New branches growing at the base of the Ash Tree
  • Ash Tree bark splitting vertically
  • Woodpecker presence, as they feed on Emerald Ash Borer beetle larvae
  • D-shaped holes in the Ash Tree bark, where the larvae emerge
  • S-shaped larvae galleries on the Ash Tree bark, winding back and forth

What Does the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle (EAB) Look Like?

Adult beetles are metallic green, about the size of a grain of rice. Larvae are found only underneath the bark of Ash Trees, so they may be difficult to identify- they are cream-colored and up to 1.5 inches long.

Why Is the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle Causing My Ash Tree to Die?

The Emerald Ash Borer(EAB) beetle originated in Asia and likely migrated here on a solid wood packing material used to carry cargo to the US. While the beetle has not been harmful to any trees or foliage native to Asia, the recent introduction of the Emerald Ash Borer beetle to the U.S. is infecting Ash Trees and causing them to die, as the beetles feed on and live inside our Ash Trees.

While adult Emerald Ash Borer beetles cause little damage to Ash Trees, their larvae feed on the bark of Ash Trees from the inside, preventing the Ash Trees from collecting and transporting water and nutrients to their branches. Although the adult beetles do not cause damage, they are sometimes easier to detect, and they are still an indication of the presence of an infestation. If you believe you may have Emerald Ash Borer Beetles infecting your Ash Tree, you may need Ash Tree removal. It is important to catch an infestation early, as it can easily be spread to your other Ash Trees in your yard or anywhere within several miles of the infected tree, as adult beetles have been known to fly long distances.

Do I Need to Remove My Ash Tree?

Infected or dying Ash Trees need to be removed immediately, to stop the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer beetle. Any dying tree that could fall poses a hazard to you, your house, your family, neighbors and others, but Ash Trees in particular are known for having very brittle wood, and they are more susceptible to falling than other trees.

It is important to have a professional remove your Ash Tree because the USDA has imposed strict regulations for removing and disposing of infected Ash Trees, to stop the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) beetle. This is because the beetle can continue to live in the wood of a dead tree, so even if a dead Ash Tree is standing in an area where it could not cause damage by falling, it needs to be removed. It is also important not to use or move firewood from an Ash Tree that could still be infected with the Emerald Ash Borer beetle.

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