Emerald Ash Borer Treatments
The Emerald Ash Borer is a small metallic green beetle that has made its way from Asia to our continent. Originally found in Ontario and Detroit, Michigan, it has killed millions of Ash trees in Canada and the U.S. It has steadily worked its way south and west and recently reached the Kansas City region. Don’t be fooled by its size (about a half inch long and an eighth inch wide). It is systematically destroying Ash trees everywhere it goes. To learn more, watch this video or visit BioForest Technologies
Top 4 Signs of Emerald Ash Borer Infestation
The larvae feed under the bark cutting off water and nutrient flow. Because they are hidden, they are hard to detect. Look for these signs:
- Dieback in the upper canopy of the tree – one third to half of the branches may die in one year.
- Smaller branches sprouting on the lower trunk
- Splits in the bark
- Tiny (1/8th inch across) D-shaped exit holes in the bark
Ash Trees That Are Untreated Will Die
There’s really no escaping this tiny intruder. The sad and alarming truth is that if you have Ash trees that are left untreated, they will die. The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) attacks and kills all 16 species of Ash trees. Hundreds of thousands of Ash trees have already died in the United States.
Our Emerald Ash Borer Treatment Is Safer for the Environment
At Heritage Lawns, we believe in using environmentally friendly lawn care and tree care products whenever possible. We use an organic treatment called TreeAzin. We use an organic treatment called TreeAzin. This product is very effective in killing Emerald Ash Borers but, unlike other commonly used treatments, it is environmentally responsible.
TreeAzin is a systemic insecticide injected directly into the base of trees. TreeAzin is registered by the Environmental Protection Agency as a bioinsecticide. It is also listed by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) for use in organic crops. While the active ingredient kills EAB beetles, it degrades naturally and poses minimal risk to humans, pets, bees, birds, and mammals. It’s even safe for soil and aquatic ecosystems. When the leaves fall, the active ingredient in TreeAzin will have dissipated from them making them safe for a child to play in or to be composted and used in a garden. TreeAzin is injected under a tree’s bark, which also means there’s no overspray or off-target contact.
The Timing of Treatments Is Important
The liquid goes directly into the conductive tissues, and moves upwards with the flow of water and nutrients. For that reason, it is best to treat trees when they have leaves and are actively taking up nutrients. May & June are the best months because the trees are actively taking up nutrients, but are not under heat stress yet. Treatments provide up to two years of protection. To continue to protect your trees, treatments must be repeated every two years. This is also true of other, less environmentally friendly treatments as well. Until the Emerald Ash Borer’s numbers dwindle, continuous treatment will be necessary to protect our remaining Ash trees.
Do you Have Ash Trees?
Don’t wait until you see signs of damage to get treatments. If you think you may have Ash trees on your property, the first step is identifying them. Ash trees have compound leaves with 7 to 9 leaflets. Don’t confuse Ash trees with Mountain Ash (Sorbus spp.). Although the name is similar, these trees are not related to ash trees and EAB does not attack them. They are small trees or bushes with compound leaves, typically having 13 to 17 leaflets and display clusters of red berries in the fall.
This video will further help you know what to look for when identifying Ash trees. If you are not sure, call Heritage Lawns and Irrigation and we’ll send a tree expert to confirm or refute your suspicions. This video will help you identify Ash trees.
If you suspect you have Ash trees or Ash trees infested with the Emerald Ash Borer, don’t wait.
Call 913-451-4664 and start Emerald Ash Borer treatments with our environmentally friendly TreeAzin right away.