Sunday, April 5, 2015

How to Keep EAB at Bay BEFORE It Eats the Heck Out of Your Tree!

Emerald Ash Borer, AKA EAB, will burrow its way into your tree and kill it quickly. They've killed millions of ash trees across the United States.  Ash trees have no natural defense to ward off these bugs.  If you live in an infested area, you need to protect your trees BEFORE they become infested.  

What should you do to protect your trees from this nasty bug? Contact your local Certified Arborist. The best time to do so is in the spring. T
Their job is to identify your trees and apply the EAB treatment if necessary.  If you get start with an insecticides in the spring, you will have the best chance of saving the ash trees on your property. 
If your tree is already showing signs of EAB damage, treatments may not be effective. It is unlikely that systemic insecticides applied as trunk injections, soil drenches, or soil injections will move very well in trees with extensive tunneling injury. Trees with more than 20% canopy die-back usually have extensive damage that will be difficult to overcome, even if the trees are protected from further attack by trunk and foliage sprays. 


Trees "R" Us, Inc. recommends any of the following to try to ward off the EAB: (1) trunk injections in the spring, (2) soil injections in spring, and (3) trunk and foliage sprays in spring and early summer.

There are two products that are generally rather effective in treating EAB; bidrin and imidacloprid. Only those holding certification to use these products may use them on trees. You can not find these products in the big box stores or nurseries. By law, homeowners can not handle the more effective chemicals.  A special license is needed in order to apply these. Your local Certified Arborist should hold this certification and be able to treat EAB for you.

Trees "R" Us, Inc. has personnel that is licensed and highly qualified to treat EAB and apply the most effective insecticide treatments on the market.  These treatments will only effect the infected tree while keeping your other plants, animals and family safe.

For something as serious as EAB is for your trees, leave it to a professional tree service, like Trees "R" Us, Inc. to get the job done safely and correctly.

Trees "R" Us, Inc. services the north shore area of Chicago and its surrounding suburbs.

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