Treatment

We recommend and use TREE-age pesticide and arborjet system because we believe it is the best option right now.  It may provide multiple years of protection.

Emerald Ash Borer has been found in Rochester, MN

The Emerald Ash Borer has been found in Rochester, MN. Contact us about an Emerald Ash Borer Treatment. 

What is Emerald Ash Borer

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an invasive pest introduced from Asia that attacks ash trees (Fraxinus spp.) The adult is a small, metallic green beetle only 10-15 mm in length and about 3 mm in width. The larvae live under the bark of the tree and feed in the vascular cambium. The adults typically emerge around June, leaving D-shaped exit holes in the bark. This ash tree insect briefly feeds in the canopy before reproducing and laying eggs in the twigs and branches.rg.

Symptoms

EAB larvae live under the bark and feed on the vascular tissues. Larvae create meandering galleries through the phloem, vascular cambium and etch the xylem, effectively girdling the tree. The tree responds by sprouting new (epicormic) branches below the disrupted tissues. Dieback of the canopy is a symptom of EAB larval infestation as many as one half of the branches may die back as infestation progresses. The bark will split over dead vascular tissues, and trees may die within only two years of the onset of symptoms.


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When to Treat

Treat ash if EAB is reported in your area. Do not wait for visible dieback in the canopy, as there is a significant delay between disruption to the vascular tissues and expression of symptoms in the canopy. Delaying Emerald Ash Borer treatment could result in canopy dieback or tree loss.

Spring

Injections can be made in the spring during the growing season, about 30 days prior to expected adult emergence. Uptake of formulation is fastest when trees are actively transpiring, after they have developed a full canopy. Emerald Ash Borer treatment in the spring will prevent the adult beetles from feeding and laying eggs in the tree.

Summer

Injections in the summer will kill the larval stage of EAB feeding under the bark. Make summer treatment applications in the morning when temperatures are moderate. If soil is dry, water trees prior to treatment.

Fall

Injections in the fall (before or after leaves color) can protect the tree now and the following season. The larvae are feeding now so they are doing a lot of damage to the vascular tissue. Proactive treatment is important since EAB larvae damage won’t exhibit symptoms until next year. The treatment will remain in the tree tissue and protect the tree through the next season.