Emerald Ash Borer: What You Need To Know

Emerald Ash Borer: What You Need To Know

It is important for residents in Littleton to focus on learning about and preparing for the potential impact of the invasive species Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). The first confirmed case in the area was identified in June 2023, emphasizing the need for residents to be informed and ready

What is EAB?

The emerald ash borer is a small, metallic-green beetle, originating from Asia. While the adult beetles cause minimal damage, it is the larvae that wreak havoc on ash trees. These larvae feed on the inner bark, disrupting the tree’s ability to transport water and nutrients, ultimately leading to its decline and death over three to five years. Eventually, all ash trees must either be treated for EAB or removed.

Signs of EAB

Early detection is key to managing an EAB infestation effectively. Look out for the following signs:

-D-shaped exit holes: Adult EAB beetles create distinct D-shaped exit holes in the bark when they emerge.

-S-shaped tunnels: Larvae create serpentine galleries underneath the bark, which can be seen during advanced stages of infestation.

-Crown dieback: Infested trees exhibit a loss of foliage at the top, known as crown dieback.

-Epicormic shoots: Sprouts emerging from the trunk or branches, often near the base of the tree, may indicate an EAB infestation.

What are my options?

It’s recommended that residents with ash trees either remove them or treat them with insecticide. To set up a free consultation, text us at 720.213.5957 or email us at [email protected].

2 thoughts on “Emerald Ash Borer: What You Need To Know

  • July 25, 2023 at 8:06 pm

    We have 8 large ash trees in our yard. You have trimmed them several times after storms, etc. Will you please put us on your schedule to look at the trees? I don’t see any damage yet, but we would feel better if you looked at the trees. 303-791-7239 home, 303-550-7239 cell phone. We live at 10862 Sunshine Drive, Littleton, CO 80125.

    Thank you.
    Jim and Jacque

    • July 25, 2023 at 8:23 pm

      Hi Jim and Jacque! Thank you for leaving this comment. To schedule an appointment, please text or call us at 720.213.5957, and we’ll be sure to set something up.

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