Emerald Ash Borer Mitigation
Going camping is a great way to unwind in our beautiful state of Iowa, and with so many great parks there’s a long list of vacation destinations for you and your loved ones to navigate. Upon arriving to one of these wonderful destinations, you may have seen a sign warning you against bringing your own firewood into the park, followed by a picture of a small, green bug with a shimmering coat. What could this tiny insect have anything to do with trees or park regulations?
This aforementioned insect is none other than the Agrilus planipennis, or Emerald ash borer. This small bug is a big deal, especially to Iowa parks and homeowners. Having never made its home in our state before 2002, the ash borer made its way into the states and began terrorizing tree. It is still a problem today, and many tree service companies have been on the hunt to remove these pests from our presence.
Most Emerald ash borers starts their life cycles inside the bark of an ash tree. Once they emerge, they dig their way towards the inner part of the tree where the bark meets the wood. This place contains high levels of nutrients which the insect feeds off of up to a month’s time. The ash borer feeds from late summer to fall and spends its winter buried in the outer layer of the tree before emerging as an adult the following spring. By this point, a large population of ash borers have put hundreds of holes through the tree’s circulatory system, causing it’s leafy covering to diminish greatly. Eventually the stress on the tree can be so great that it will die from a lack of nutrients and need to be removed from the ground.
Do you have an Ash other species of tree infected by EAB (Emerald ash borer)? If so, now may be a good time to call in a tree service professional. Waterloo Tree Services has the ability to treat pesky ash borers through a variety of methods, whether by granular, spray, injection and other treatments. If your tree is in the early stages of infestation, chances are it might be salvageable as long as the proper treatment and care is initiated.
Unfortunately in some cases, your tree may be beyond the point of saving. For starters, be sure the tree does not travel outside of the infected zone. You should always assume the tree is infected, even if here is no visible sign of ash borer infestation. Our tree removal team can cut the tree down for you and take the responsibility off your shoulders. We will also use our wood chipper to mulch the wood at your request. Perhaps you would like to burn the wood yourself or use the logs for a woodworking project. This is just fine because the ash borer only affects the bark and first layer of wood, leaving the lumber usable for any project your imagination can think of.
Emerald ash borers are nasty insects and can cause some serious damage, but with our team on you side you can rest easier. Even if your tree doesn’t live through the plague, you still have many options to keep your tree useful for years to come.
Free Quick Quote