This time of year is a lovely time to connect with nature. The trees are green, birds are chirping, and the sweet smell of summer is in the air. The last thing you want to be dealing with as you enjoy the warmth is any tree disease or insect contagion! Unfortunately, your trees may fall victim to insect tree infestation, especially from emerald ash borers.
If you are concerned about the health of your trees but do not know how to properly monitor them for potential insect invasions, we are here for you!
What are emerald ash borers?
These tiny green insects are notorious ash tree killers. When many of them present, your tree may be lost within 1-4 years, depending on how big it is. Emerald ash borers target stressed trees that are more susceptible to disease, but can also attack a healthy tree.
This invasive species feeds on ash trees and reproduces inside of them, eating at them until they can no longer fight. These tree infestations are common in North America, though the insect is native to northeastern Asia. Emerald ash borers hide on pieces of wood, which is how they are believed to have migrated to the area. Though they are not considered an invasive species in their original homeland, they are certainly pests in Illinois.
What are the signs of a tree infestation?
Some signs of tree infestation include visible changes in the leaves or needles, including thinning, holes, or discoloration. Signs on the bark include holes or abnormal loose bark. Additionally, if you can see any lifting roots, it may be time to call your local tree doctor at Tree Services Peoria!
Can an invaded tree be saved?
It is possible to stop an emerald ash borer tree infestation. If caught early enough, treatment is effective up to 95% of the time. If an infestation is found, the area needs to be quarantined. The wood cannot be transported out of the area due to the possibility of spreading the tree infestation.
In some cases, infested trees need to be cut down. If the infestation is too serious and cannot be eradicated, the dying tree must be removed in order to save any other at-risk trees in the area. Though this is a possibility, our goal is to prevent this occurrence entirely.
How can I prevent tree infestations?
We can help you prevent these unfortunate events. When you employ our services, our team will periodically monitor your trees for signs of a thinning canopy, discolored or undersized leaves, or a sawdust-like material. We also look for small holes in tree bark and other signs of tree disease and tree insect problems.
We have the tools to contain and treat tree infestations. Possible invasive species include aphids, borers, Japanese Beetles, Lace Bugs, Leafhoppers, Leafminers, bagworms, mites, scale, and ants. We are here to help you monitor your trees for any potential damage, as well as take preemptive measures and administer any necessary treatments. Many of our customers choose to spray their trees with insecticides to prevent any problems from occurring.
If you see signs of an insect infestation, need treatment, or want to implement preventative measures on your greenery, give Tree Services Peoria a call at 309-273-1100.