|Emerald ash borer is a small, metallic-|
green bullet-shaped beetle.
If you are one of the many in our industry who has heard little or nothing about this insect, let me enlighten you. The emerald ash borer, Agrilus planipennis (EAB), is a wood boring beetle that attacks trees in the genus Fraxinus, which we know as ash. Since it was first discovered in SE Michigan in 2002 it has spread with alarming speed throughout the midwest. In 2017 the first beetle was found in east Texas.
The EAB is probably the most devastating forest pest since chestnut blight. In areas where it has been in place for 10+ years it has virtually wiped out every ash tree. Some fear that certain ash species may be on the edge of extinction thanks to the borer. We have every reason to think the same thing will happen in Texas.
Ash is not as common in Texas compared to Michigan and other parts of the Midwest; but it is an important tree, especially in areas along streams and river bottoms. And it's a very important tree if you have one in your backyard.
Not every one of you provide lawn or tree care services, but if you do you should keep your eye on this beetle. Even if you don't "do trees" you can still provide a service to your customer by alerting them to the risk of this beetle if they have ash trees on their property.
|Emamectin benzoate is an effective|
treatment applied by certified applicators.
A handful of insecticides can provide protection of an ash tree at reasonable cost. If you are interested in being on the leading edge of how to treat ash trees for EAB in Texas, there are three workshops coming up, sponsored by the Rainbow Treecare company (Rainbow makes one of the leading insecticides for EAB management). Two of the workshops focus on community EAB management strategies, and one will provide a general introduction to EAB.
These workshops are webinars. If you've never attended a webinar, it's a pretty cool, and easy, way to learn. You sit at home or in your office, link up to a website, and watch and listen. You will also have the chance to submit questions and interact with the speakers. To read about the webinars and register, go to https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2236702821873051149
Other places to learn more about EAB include:
- The USDA Emerald Ash Borer website is a great source of authoritative information about EAB.
- The EAB Information Network is a multinational effort to assemble information about the borer including blogs and general information.
- EAB University is part of the EAB Information Network and has recorded webinar sessions on a wide variety of topics from top researchers and arborists in the country. All classes are free.
- Emerald ash borer found in Tarrant County. Citybugs blog. Story of EAB discovery near Fort Worth.