The Emerald Ash Borer is an Asian beetle that feeds on ash trees. Ash trees are common in the U.S., with 12 different species. While the tree is prevalent, it is prone to infestation of the Emerald Ash Borer. These beetles invade ash trees, leaving their larvae to infiltrate. This is the most detrimental state for ash trees, as the larvae will feed on the trees’ nutrients, essentially killing them in time.
Currently, the Emerald Ash Borer has infested the state of Missouri, and the Kansas City Metro area. The infestation is spreading quickly, and when that happens, it is difficult to get it under control, especially because of the unawareness and lack of knowledge about the Emerald Ash Borer.
When the beetle first infiltrates, it isn’t really noticeable. It can take years before it becomes a noticeable issue. The ash trees will then begin to die, and it is then that many finally start to take notice. It has already killed nearly 100 million trees, and it is predicted that it will become billions if not quarantined. The U.S. has spent billions of dollars trying to get the problem under control.
The state of Missouri has already restricted residents from the movement of firewood in an attempt to stop the beetles from spreading. Kansas is also taking preventative measures, as any live ash trees are now prohibited from transporting to new areas.
There are other ways to help prevent the Emerald Ash Borer from infiltrating any ash trees. Insecticidal sprays can be used to provide some protection. There are various types of sprays that can be used to control this wood-boring pest. Also, keep an eye out for the health of ash trees. If any D-shaped holes are apparent, or winding tunnels made under the bark, the tree has more than likely been infiltrated, and will eventually show signs of deprivation.
Prevention of the spread of Emerald Ash Borers is crucial. Ash trees make up a large portion of the trees throughout the U.S., and the spread has caused the death of many trees already. The best way to prevent the Asian beetle from infiltrating further is by keeping ash trees healthy, guarded with insecticidal sprays, and as far as possible from infected trees. Emerald Ash Borers can only fly a few miles at a time; the main way for them to spread is by the relocation of ash trees and firewood infected with larvae.
It’s important to become knowledgeable of the Emerald Ash Borer and other wood-boring pests. This will help prevent the spread of the beetle, as well as the death and destruction of trees throughout the U.S., particularly the common shade tree, the ash tree.