The emerald ash borer infestation has taken the east coast by storm. To help stop the spread and devastation of the area’s ash tree, there are strict regulations enforced by the USDA on infected ash tree removal and destruction.
To properly treat and remove your infected ash trees it is important to use a professional, licensed and insured tree service like Ed’s Tree Service.
Signs of Emerald Ash Borer Infestation
There are telltale signs that you need your Bethesda ash tree removed. Watch ash trees closely for any of the following signs:
- Dead branches, beginning at the top of the canopy
- New branches and leaves growing at the base of the tree
- Vertical bark splits
- Woodpecker feeding
- D-shaped holes or S-shaped holes in the tree bark, from where the larvae emerge or from them feeding
About the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle
The emerald ash borer (EAB) usually has a 1-year life cycle but the adult phase only lasts about 3 weeks. This is when the beetle is most easy to identify. Adult beetles begin emerging in May or early June, with beetle activity peaking between mid-June and early July. Beetles generally are most active during the day, particularly when it is warm and sunny, making it more difficult to identify them during the winter months.
According to the USDA, the polar vortex this past winter has presented some hope, killing off a large percentage of EABs. However, that means that some are still alive and active so be sure to look for the signs of an infestation so you can help stop the spread.
Ash Tree Removal in Bethesda, Maryland
The proper removal and disposal of the ash tree is the only way to treat this infestation as it limits the spread of the emerald ash borer beetle to other ash trees. Removal is particularly important for trees that are at a later stage of infestation because it makes the trees much more vulnerable to falling. It is important to properly dispose of these trees once removed, which is why hiring an experienced firm like Ed’s Tree Service is important.
If you need ash tree removal in Bethesda, Maryland, contact a professional tree service like Ed’s Tree Service today.