KAUKAUNA — As the snow melts away, trees should begin to wake up for spring. But what if a property owners ash tree doesn’t show the signs of a healthy start to the new year?

It may be infected with the destructive emerald ash borer.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection urges property owner’s to be vigilant for the pest.

The emerald ash borer was first found in Appleton in February of 2015, according to the Bureau of Plant Industry of the DATCP. Outagamie County already had been under quarantine for EAB because of its proximity to an infestation in the Village of Sherwood in Calumet County.

tap hereThe most common treatment option for smaller trees is to drench the soil around the ash tree with Bayer Advanced Tree and Shrub Insect Control, available at most home and garden centers.

The treatment works on trees up to 50 inches in circumference.

Details are HERE.

DATCP recommends that property owners who have ash trees in quarantine counties:

• Keep a close watch for possible signs of EAB infestation: Thinning canopy, D-shaped
holes in the bark, cracked bark, branches sprouting low on the trunk, and woodpeckers
pulling at bark.

• Consider preventive treatments if your property is within 15 miles of a known infestation.

• Consider planting different species of trees that are not susceptible to EAB.

• Call a professional arborist, and visit emeraldashborer.wi.gov for detailed information.

Emerald ash borer is native to China and probably entered the United States on packing material,
showing up first in Michigan in 2002. It was first found in Wisconsin in 2008 in Ozaukee
County. Other quarantined Wisconsin counties are Adams, Brown, Buffalo, Calumet, Columbia,
Crawford, Dane, Dodge, Door, Douglas, Fond du Lac, Grant, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Juneau,
Kenosha, Kewaunee, La Crosse, Lafayette, Manitowoc, Milwaukee, Monroe, Oneida, Ozaukee,
Racine, Richland, Rock, Sauk, Sheboygan, Trempealeau, Vernon, Walworth, Washington,
Waukesha and Winnebago.

EAB adults lay eggs on the bark of ash trees in mid- to late summer. When the eggs hatch a
week or two later, the larvae burrow under the bark for the winter and feed, forming the
characteristic S-shaped tunnels and destroying the tree’s ability to take up nutrients and water. In
summer, the adults emerge through D-shaped holes in the bark.

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By staff