Emerald Ash Borer info & Invasive Bug poster

Via the TCIA,

“Yesterday, the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was found in two eastern New York counties that lie within 25 miles of both Massachusetts and Connecticut.

This small but destructive beetle is notorious for infesting North American ash tree species, including green, white, black, and blue ash. Once infested, the mortality rate for infested trees is 100 percent and the only certain treatment is cutting down and destroying the ash trees.

Both New York counties have already placed traps that should attract and trap adult EAB’s and are conducting a thorough survey of trees to assess the extent of beetles in both areas.

This outbreak has been linked to the introduction of firewood from an infected source, so please remember to buy firewood locally and help control the human-assisted spread of this pest.

Please watch for signs of EAB while working to prevent the spread of this non-native insect. New signs may be difficult to detect because damage may not surface for up to three years and old signs may include branch dieback in the upper crown, excessive epicormic branching on the tree trunk, vertical bark slits, and woodpecker damage. If you suspect your ash tree could be infested by EAB, please call the US Department of Agriculture at (866) 322-4512.

“Buying firewood locally” means don’t bring firewood from your area to anywhere else. Don’t Move the Firewood has lots of great information on this topic, I urge you to read up and educate yourself on this.

The TCIA has kindly provided this great Invasive Bug Identification Poster to help with identification. Print it out, put one in each fleet vehicle, in your shop, in with your camping gear, etc. Should you find one of these bugs, identify them using the poster, and email the TCIA, TreeBugs@tcia.org.

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