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Emerald Ash Borer

The Emerald Ash Borer, commonly known as EAB, is a highly destructive wood boring insect pest. The adult beetle (pictured below) causes little damage, as it only nibbles on the foliage. The larvae, however, can devestate your Ash trees by feeding on the inner bark.My Girl Rose

Cities in the Des Moines area are already implementing plans to treat or remove Ash trees on city property.

But all hope is not lost! There are treatment programs that are showing very encouraging results - so you don't have to give up on your beautiful Ash trees!

At Iowa Outdoor Products, we will initially evaluate your Ash tree for signs of the EAB pest. If treatment is an option, we will implement a plan using the Arbor Jet injection system. This treatment has been very effective in the treatment of EAB, and has been used in many cities already affected by this destructive pest. For more information on this system, please click on the video below:

 

Here's more to know about the Emerald Ash Borer:

* It attacks ONLY Ash trees

* Adult beetles are metallic green and about 1/2" long

* Adults leave a D-shaped exit hole in the bark when they emerge in the spring.

* Woodpeckers like EAB larvae; heavy woodpecker damage on Ash trees may be a sign of infestation

* EAB most likely was transported to the United States from Asia, from Ash wood used for packing material or crates. Before June of 2002, it had never been found in North America.

* All Ash trees are susceptible to EAB, although beetles may prefer to lay eggs or feed on stressed Ash trees. Without treatment, small trees may die within 1-2 years of becoming infested, and large trees can be killed in 3-4 years.

 

Call us today at 515-277-6242 to schedule a time for our experts to evaluate your Ash trees, or click here to contact us.