Emerald Ash Borers Are A Threat. Consider Treating Your Ash Trees Now!

What is the Emerald Ash Borer?

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a beetle impacting Ash trees across the United States and Canada. The beetles were first recognized in Michigan in 2002 and since then have been found in nearly 30 states across the country, including Kansas. Trees become infected when adult beetles lay eggs on the bark of an Ash tree. Once the eggs hatch, the larvae tunnel between the bark and the wood, disrupting the tree’s water and nutritional movement, eventually killing the tree.

An adult Emerald Ash Borer pictured up close. Photo Source: David Cappaert, Michigan State University, bugwood.org

An adult Emerald Ash Borer pictured up close. Photo Source: David Cappaert, Michigan State University, bugwood.org

Emerald Ash Borers are here in Kansas.

All Ash trees are susceptible to infestation and Kansas is home to both the White and Green type Ash. In Kansas specifically, EAB were identified in Wyandotte County in 2012, Johnson County in 2013, Leavenworth County in 2014, and Douglas County in 2015. Not sure if you have Ash trees? Use this guide to help you identify them.

Green Ash tree that has not been infested with Emerald Ash Borers.

Green Ash tree that has not been infested with Emerald Ash Borers. Photo Source: kansasforests.org

Be proactive and let Topeka Landscape treat your Ash trees today!

It is possible to treat against Emerald Ash Borers, though it is not possible to cure an already infested tree. Reach out to us today to learn more about treatment for the Ash trees you love. Call us or email us at maint@topekalandscape.com

If you fear that your trees are already showing signs and symptoms of EAB, contact the Kansas Department of Agriculture immediately.