Emerald Ash Borers first arrived in Georgia in 2013. The state of Georgia and local certified arborists has been working hard to combat their expansion, but have had difficulty containing it. During its 15 years in the US, this invasive species has become responsible for the death of hundreds of millions of North American Ash trees. The Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) has been quarantining sections of Georgia for the past several years to contain the spread of the EAB. According to a recent announcement, the GFC has decided to expand the quarantine to encompass the entire state. The winter months are a particularly important time for property owners to understand the significance of this quarantine, as the sale and exchange of firewood is one of the primary reasons for their proliferation. At 404-CUT-TREE, our arborists are dedicated to reducing the negative impact of the Emerald Ash Borer in Atlanta, Suwanee, Milton, Johns Creek and other metro area neighborhoods. We have discussed this ongoing issue with our customers on our website many times in the past and want to update Atlanta, Georgia property owners about the new quarantine, so you can properly protect your trees from these destructive beetles.
What is the Emerald Ash Borer?
The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an exotic beetle native to Asia. More than likely, it was carried over to America via wood packing materials from cargo ships or planes entering the United States. It was first discovered in 2002 near Detroit, Michigan, but has since spread rapidly across the country, killing millions of trees along the way. The EAB life cycle lasts 1 to 2 years depending on the climate of the region they inhabit. Though the mature adult beetles only live for approximately 6 weeks, the females can lay up to 200 eggs, which are embedded in the bark of the Ash tree. The hatched larvae then use the nutrients within the tree to grow, boring their way through the wooden layers of its trunk. If enough larvae exist within a tree, the nutrient supply will decrease and eventually the EAB starves the tree. They rapid breeding and resilient nature make them difficult to restrain.
Symptoms that Your Tree Has Been Infested with EAB
If your Ash tree’s exhibit any of the following symptoms, there’s a good chance it has suffered an Emerald Ash Borer infestation.
- Yellow Leaves
- D Shaped Holes in the Bark
Are you suspecting that your trees have been compromised? Call the experts at 404-CUT-TREE immediately for a thorough inspection and tree risk assessment.
Protect Your Ash Trees with Help from a Certified Arborist
The first measure of protection should be to avoid purchasing firewood from out of state sources. Try to buy all firewood from local, reputable businesses that are trained to check for Emerald Ash Borer infestations. Basal root drenching with systemic pesticides has been an effective way to control EAB populations (if it is discovered that your trees have been contaminated with larvae). Call an arborist who is trained to control and eliminate the Emerald Ash Borer species for best results.
Do You Need a Tree Inspection or Treatment for EAB in Atlanta, GA? Call 404-CUT-TREE
Are you searching for a tree care company with experience in treating Emerald Ash Borer related problems? If so, call the specialists at 404-CUT-TREE today. Our customer care team is available now to answer all your questions and can schedule a convenient appointment with one of our reliable certified arborists.