Category Archives: Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald Ash Borer; the War Continues

Meet The Emerald Ash Borer

It has been fourteen years since the discovery of the Emerald Ash Borer in the U.S. To date, it has killed over twenty-five million ash trees in twenty-one states and caused millions of dollars in tree loss. Known for its iridescent green body, the Emerald Ash Borer only preys on ash trees.

How do I tell if my Ash Tree is Infected?

The signs of an Emerald Ash Borer infestation are fairly easy to recognize. The distinct signs of an infected tree are:

“D” shaped exit holes Canopy die-back Volunteer growth at the base of the infected ash tree “S” trails left by the Emerald Ash Borer located underneath the bark

Unfortunately by the time these signs are noticed, the Emerald Ash Borer has already caused extensive damage and the health of the tree has been compromised.

How do I Protect my Ash Trees?

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Battling Spring Pests

It’s spring and flowers are starting to pop up, trees are beginning to leaf out and insects are starting to invade your landscape.

What is attacking my landscape?

Chiggers, fleas and ticks can be found throughout your landscape. The most threatening of these insects are ticks. Ticks can carry Lyme disease, which can cause devastating health issues in both people and pets. Experts recommend a pesticide treatment which can help control ticks in your landscape.

While chiggers and flea bites rarely result in health problems, their bite can cause extensive itching, redness and tenderness at the bite mark. Fleas can be brought into the house via pets and lay eggs in your carpet. A pesticide application to your landscape will help control the flea population in your yard and keep them out of your home!

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Spring Is Right Around the Corner

Spring is Just Around the Corner

With the exception of a few cold days and a few snow falls this year, the Midwest has had a warmer than usual winter. Hopefully spring is not too far behind!

While it is still too early to start planting, you can prepare your landscape for spring growth.

Late February and March are the ideal time to prune fruit trees, shrubs and ornamental grasses. Pruning trees and shrubs now while trees are still dormant will promote new growth and allow pruned areas to heal before the tree starts to bloom in spring. Prevent weeds such as crabgrass, foxtail and broadleaf from overtaking your lawn with an early pre-emergent application. A pre-emergent works on the weed seeds that may over winter in your lawn and prohibits them from germinating in the spring. Maintain the health of your ash trees and … Read More »

Emerald Ash Borer on the Move

The Emerald Ash Borer remains one of the most destructive insects attaching residential and commercial properties. Believed to have originated in Asia, it was first discovered in Michigan in 2002, continues its destructive path across the United States. To date, it has been found and destroyed trees in Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin and shows no sign of slowing down.

How do I Know if my Ash Tree is infected with the Emerald Ash Borer?

It is important to note that the Emerald Ash Borer only attacks ash trees. While you may not see an Emerald Ash Borer on your trees, there are telltale signs of an infestation:

The adult insect is a bright metallic green and only about ½ long. Thinning or … Read More »

Japanese Beetle or Emerald Ash Borer?

The Japanese beetle can be mistaken for the Emerald Ash Borer beetle. Both share the iridescent green coloring and brown markings on their body and both are destructive to your landscape. However, their targets are different.

While the Emerald Ash Borer targets only Ash trees, the Japanese beetles will go after ornamental, shade and fruit trees as well as rose bushes. This destructive insect starts its life in the larvae stage. More commonly known to frustrated gardeners as grub worms, they are famous for dining on the roots of grass, leaving large bald patches in their wake. In late June, the larvae emerge as a beetle and quickly seek out a nearby food source. Japanese Beetles feed on the leaves and fruits of trees. Their destructive feeding can cause severe leaf defoliation. While a few beetles are not a cause for … Read More »