Tree Pests: Emerald Ash Borer Beetles
The Emerald Ash Borer is a non-native species of beetle that was first discovered in Michigan in 2002. The adult beetle eats the tree’s foliage while the larvae feed on the inner bark of the trees, disrupting the plant’s ability to transport water and nutrients, essentially killing the tree from the inside out. Once the beetles have taken up residence in a tree there is no treatment, so prevention is key in stopping the invasive pests.
In Colorado, Ash trees account for nearly 15 percent of urban forest’s so stopping the spread of the invasive beetle is vital.
Signs of Infestation
- Missing leaves or branches in the upper part of the tree.
- D-shaped holes, measuring roughly 1/8 of an inch wide.
- Wood deformities such as vertical splits in the bark or winding S-shaped tunnels under the bark.
- Increased woodpecker activity at the tree.
What to Do With Infested Trees
If you find a tree on your property that has been infested with Emerald Ash Borer beetles, it’s important to call a professional right away to properly handle the situation and prevent the beetle from infesting more trees.
For those living in the Metro-Denver area, including the surrounding suburbs, prevent an Emerald Ash Borer infestation before it consumes your trees by calling the professionals at FitTurf. There is no treatment for Emerald Ash Borers, only prevention. Protect your trees from the invasive pests by calling a professional today.