Emerald Ash Borer Treatment
The Emerald Ash Borer has arrived in Iowa and has been spotted as close as Cedar County, immediately to the east of Linn County. The bug is green in color with a metallic sheen. The beetles are the adult stage, measuring only 10-15 mm in length and about 3 mm wide. It damages trees by boring into the wood of the ash tree and laying eggs. The eggs hatch into larvae that feed under the bark of the tree as they develop into the adult beetle form. As they feed, they destroy the vascular cambium, effectively choking the tree's circulatory system.
Prevention is Possible
There is an insecticide that will kill the ash borer, but it is important to begin treatment before infestation occurs. Once the canopy is compromised by larval damage, the chances of preserving a tree diminish greatly.
The insecticide can only be sold to and applied by a state-certified applicator like ULTRALawn. We've had training on the use and application of the material and have the insecticide in stock for application.
To learn more, visit the Arborject website at http://arborjet.com/post/emerald_ash_borer/