Emerald Ash Borer in Monmouth County, NJ
The destructive pest known as the emerald ash borer (EAB) has now made it’s way into Monmouth County, NJ. Ash trees in towns such as Rumson, Fair Haven, Little Silver, Red Bank, and Middletown will soon be attacked and killed by this invasive insect. Emerald ash borer will attack and kill every single ash tree throughout Monmouth County, NJ. The good news is there is a treatment that has proven to be extremely effective in preventing emerald ash borer from infesting a tree in the first place!
Dying Ash Trees
Emerald ash borer was accidentally introduced from Asia into the United States in 2001. Since then, the destructive beetle has traveled throughout at least 20 states, killing tens of millions of ash trees. It has now made it’s way into New Jersey and was recently found in Monmouth County. Emerald ash borer will kill your ash trees. Entire neighborhoods, counties, and cities have seen their ash tree populations completely wiped out.
Ash Tree Treatment in Monmouth County, NJ
There is a treatment option available to Monmouth County homeowners and municipalities. Frontier Horticultural Services offers trunk injections with a specific insecticide that have proven to be extremely effective in preventing emerald ash borer from infesting a tree in the first place. The insecticide is injected directly into the trunk with a specialized piece of equipment (no spraying necessary!). The insecticide is quickly absorbed by the tree, preventing future emerald ash borer infestation and killing small amounts of larvae that may already be present. The key is to have the treatment done prior to heavy infestation! Once an ash tree has been infested by emerald ash borer, the odds of saving the tree drop dramatically.
How Does Emerald Ash Borer Kill Trees?
Emerald ash borer is a unique pest in the sense that it attacks both stressed and healthy ash trees. The pest identifies an ash tree and lays its eggs underneath the bark. Those eggs then hatch and the larvae bore through the bark of the tree. The larvae tunnel throughout the inside of the tree, disrupting the flow of water and nutrients within the ash tree, ultimately leading to decline and death within a couple years.
What Does an Ash Tree Look Like?
Identifying an ash tree is easier than you think. There are distinct characteristics that differentiate an ash tree from other types of trees. If you are trying to identify what you think may be an ash tree on your property, look for these characteristics:
- Branches are opposite each other
- Compound leaves with 5-11 leaflets
- Diamond shaped ridges on bark (mature ash trees)