The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a tiny beetle that is not native to New Jerse. It traveled from northeastern Asia and was probably brought into the US from cargo ships or airplanes carrying solid wood packing material from Asia around 2002. It is now present in over 30 states and killing our Ash trees and an alarming rate.
Treatments for emerald ash borer primarily rely on the tree taking up insecticides or treatments through the tree. The xylem distributes water to the rest of the tree and when the EAB starts to eat that part, the tree can not get the nutrients it needs, eventually resulting in death.
The entire state of New Jersey has been quarantined to prevent the movement of infected trees, ash tree firewood or wood chips in order to prevent the transportation of these beetles as they can be completely devastating to landscapes across Morris County, New Jersey. They have also proactively cut down all their Ash trees in order to prevent safety concerns when it comes to dying trees that could potentially fall on pedestrians.
Wherever EAB infestations spread, researchers have found that these beetles will kill virtually all ash trees. It has already killed hundreds of millions of ash trees across New Jersey. So, what can you do?
First, determine whether or not you have ash trees on your property. If you are unsure if you have an Ash tree, just email us a picture of your tree and we will identify it for you and, if needed, treat your Ash tree to prevent it from dying.
Waiting is no longer an option. Untreated trees WILL be dead within 2 to 4 years. Dead EAB-infested ash trees pose a serious hazard in the landscape as they’re unstable, prone to failure.
If you have an Ash tree, we will come to your property with our treatment, drill small holes at the base of the tree and inject it with insecticide that will protect your tree for 2 years. It is important to know that this treatment will need to be continued for the life of the tree in order to keep it protected. We’ve got you covered.