Summer Tree Care: Inspecting for an Emerald Ash Borer Infestation

As the cold weather fritters away and the damage from winter storms is cleared, it’s the perfect time to have your trees professionally inspected for unusual pest activity, such as an Emerald Ash Borer infestation.

Why Summer?

Summertime is the best time of the year to inspect your trees for unusual pest activity, including Emerald Ash Borer Infestations. It is important to consult a trained arborist as Emerald Ash Borer infestations can be difficult for the untrained eye to detect.

What Are the Symptoms of an Emerald Ash Borer Infestation

Emerald Ash Borer Infestation

  • Dead branches- The ash tree starts to show dead branches, beginning at the top of the canopy
  • New branches- The ash tree begins to grow new branches and leaves at its base or around the trunk
  • Vertical bark splits- Underneath the bark splits, you may be able to see the Emerald Ash Borer beetle larvae
  • Woodpecker feeding- The Emerald Ash Borer beetle is known to attract woodpeckers
  • D-shaped holes- The ash tree will have D-shaped holes in its bark, from the larvae emerging
  • S-shaped larvae galleries- The ash tree will exhibit larvae galleries on its bark, from the larvae feeding on the inside of the tree

What is the Treatment for an Emerald Ash Borer Infestation? 

The treatment for an Emerald Ash Borer Infestation is professional tree removal. In order to stop the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle, the USDA has imposed strict regulations for quarantining and disposing of infected Ash Trees. With professional Ash Tree removal, you can be sure that these regulations are adhered to. This is important because Emerald Ash Borer Beetles will continue to live in the wood of a dead tree.

If you believe you may have an Emerald Ash Borer infestation this summer, contact a licensed and insured tree service company, like Ed’s Tree Service.