How far has the emerald ash borer spread?

How is this pest spread? We know EAB adults can fly at least 1/2 mile from the ash tree where they emerge. Many infestations began when people moved infested ash trees from nurseries, logs, or firewood to other areas that did not have infestations.

How does the emerald ash borer spread today?

Since its discovery near Detroit, MI, and Windsor, ON, in 2002, the emerald ash borer (EAB) has continued to spread through natural dispersal and movement of infested firewood, logs, and nursery stock into 25 states and 2 provinces as of March 2016. Ash material may also be moved within regulated areas.

What is the emerald ash borer invasive to?

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an invasive forest pest that devours all three species of Vermont ash trees but you can help find early infestations of EAB by reporting woodpecker damage observed on ash trees. Early detection of EAB in newly infested trees can prove very difficult.

What is the natural predator of the emerald ash borer?

Predators. Because they are a non-native species, emerald borers have few natural predators in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. However, woodpeckers do prey on emerald ash borer larvae. Heavy woodpecker damage on an ash tree might be one sign that the tree has been infested.

Are dead ash trees worth money?

Although Ash is not the most valuable hardwood by any stretch, prices for standing Ash timber as well as cut Ash lumber have crept up and will likely to continue to do so as supplies dwindle further.

How fast does emerald ash borer spread?

What else can I do to help prevent the spread of EAB? Adult (beetle) Emerald Ash Borers typically only fly short distances of about one-quarter mile, so the natural spread of the destructive insect is slow.

How do you stop the spread of emerald ash borer?

Homeowners can protect ash trees against EAB with the systemic insecticide imidacloprid, applied to the soil at the base of the tree. It is most effective when applied in spring but can also be applied in fall. It is less effective on trees over 50 inches in circumference. Follow label instructions carefully.

Do bats eat emerald ash borer?

Remember how I mentioned that bats eat insects? Well, that includes tree-destroying insects like the emerald ash borer. And while scientists have been working on solutions to this devastating problem, the bats have been doing what they do best: chowing down on insects … like the ash borer.

Do emerald ash borers eat other trees?

Does the emerald ash borer affect other trees? In rare cases, EAB has been found on other trees, such as fringe trees, but EAB mostly feeds on ash trees. In its early stages, EAB tunnels into trees and feeds on the area just underneath tree bark. As adults, the pests eat ash tree leaves.

What is the emerald ash borer in Michigan?

Emerald Ash Borer. The emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) is a destructive wood-boring pest of ash trees (Fraxinus spp.). Native to China, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and the Russian Far East, the emerald ash borer beetle (EAB) was unknown in North America until its discovery in southeast Michigan in 2002.

Should ash trees with EAB be treated with insecticide?

Since the presence and infestation level of EAB is quite difficult to determine at early stages of an infestation, insecticide treatments may be merited to mitigate damage by EAB. However, not all ash trees should be treated as some may be too extensively compromised or in poor condition to receive treatment.

What is the emerald ash borer (covid-19)?

USDA FAQ’s and resources about coronavirus (COVID-19). LEARN MORE The emerald ash borer ( Agrilus planipennis) is a destructive wood-boring pest of ash trees ( Fraxinus spp.).

What is an example of ash borer?

Examples are easy to find and may be outside your front door: American elms that once dotted streets across America succumbed to Dutch elm disease. Now all colors of ash species – black, green, white, pumpkin, and blue – are threatened by emerald ash borer.