Emerald Ash Borer
Originally from Asia, the emerald ash borer (EAB) was first discovered in the Detroit area in 2002. It is believed to have entered the country on wooden packing materials from China. The bright metallic-green beetle may be smaller than a dime, but it is capable of taking down ash trees thousands of times its size. Adults are typically ½ inch long and ⅛ inch wide.
The saga of the EAB epidemic continues, and municipalities, villages, private communities are scrambling how to deal with Decaying Ash trees that tower into the sky in every community. Some are going as far as attempting to prevent folks from doing tree work in live trees in their communities.
Know the symptoms of EAB: thinning or dying of ash tree crowns, suckers at the base of the tree, splitting bark, tunneling under the bark, D-shaped exit holes and woodpecker activity.
Ash Tree Takedown From the Top Down
Invasive Species From ‘Asia’
Emerald Ash Borer
Since its discovery, EAB has:
Killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in North America.
Caused regulatory agencies and the USDA to enforce quarantines and fines to prevent potentially infested ash trees, logs or hardwood firewood from moving out of areas where EAB occurs.
Cost municipalities, property owners, nursery operators and forest products industries hundreds of millions of dollars.
Are There Other Invasive Species?
The gypsies are back in town!
Like the wandering groups of old, a band of colourful characters have quietly moved in to the neighbourhood and set up camp in the nearby woodlot. However, rather than provide fortune telling services, these gypsies are busy defoliating the oak trees.
I refer, of course, to the gypsy moth caterpillars which have appeared in high numbers this year and have shown up across the County on trees, patio decks and furniture, walkways, and hitching a ride on your jacket.
They may be tiny when they first begin their ‘walk about’, but in no time at all they can become as big as your little finger. And the forest canopy will diminish at a similar rate.
Gypsy moths are foreigners to North America when looked at from a natural establishment point of view. This species, which is native to Europe, Africa and southern Asia, first arrived on this continent in 1869 being noticed at that time in Massachusetts. It probably arrived as an egg mass stuck on a wood pallet.
So that’s their back story… why be concerned about then now?
During the larval part of their life cycle (more commonly known as a “caterpillar”) they, like all caterpillars everywhere, eat a lot. Some species of moths eat very specific plants, others like these gypsies eat a variety of both hardwood and conifer trees.
Now that’s too bad in itself, the trouble begins when there is a year when their population explodes and they number in the hundreds per tree. All that nibbling and munching soon has the tree looking a tad naked.
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