Emerald Ash Borer
A metallic green beetle native to Asia that showed up in the Great Lake region of the United States in 2002 has killed millions of Ash trees across 22 states. Its affects on urban and forest Ash cannot be overstated and can be likened to the scrouges of Chesnut Blight, Dutch Elm Disease and Wooley Adelgid that have devastated our forests in the past.

The larvae of the beetle bores its way beneath the bark of Ash trees and winds around, cutting off the water and nutrient conducting tissue just below that bark. As populations of the beetle increase, the tree begins to die. Decline and eventual death is usually 3 to 5 years from the intial infestation and once trees are affected, treatment efficacy becomes substantially reduced.

In 2012, Emerald Ash Borer was found in Bucks County and in 2014 found in several New Jersey counties including Someset, Mercer, and Burlington. We are advising our clients that are within 15 miles of these beetle locations (almost all of our service area) to consider the treatment options that have been quite effective in other parts of the country. Below is a common sense approach that homeowners can use along with an arborist consultaion.

"Treat, or Not to Treat"
1.  Do I have Ash trees?
2.  How important are these Ash to my landscape?
3.  What would be the cost to remove the Ash trees if they die? Replcement costs?
4.  What is the cost of treatment? How long might I need it?

Our certified arborists can help you with these important questions.
Top: Size of EAB adult compared to a penny

Above: EAB galleries and exit holes

Right: EAB Larvae