The Emerald Ash Borer, an Asian beetle that feeds on and destroys ash trees, has already killed millions of trees and homeowners are looking for ways to save them.
Signs of Emerald Ash Borer:
· Increase in woodpeckers.
· Dead limbs at the top of the tree.
· Squiggly lines running down the bark; D-shaped holes in the tree.
Caught early enough and treated, most trees can be saved. Do nothing, though, and the tree will die after several years.
Treatment options for Emerald Ash Borer:
· Truck injections
· Soil injections
· Treatment options depend on the size of the Ash tree, its location, and its condition.
· Treatment cost varies on what treatment is needed. Soil injections take a month to work and trunk injections work pretty quickly.
Angie's List Tree Care Tips:
· Consult an arborist: Insects and disease can threaten a tree's health. If you suspect your trees may have the emerald ash borer, consult a company with a certified arborist on staff. An arborist can help determine what special care you might need to keep the trees and your yard in good shape.
· Check certification: International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborists are experienced individuals who have passed an extensive examination covering all aspects of tree care. Equally reputable are companies with Tree Care Industry Association accreditation. They have at least one ISA-certified arborist on staff and are audited for trade licensing compliance. They're also evaluated for trained personnel, proper insurance, and reliable and ethical customer service.
· Check licensing: Many states require tree service employees that use pesticides to be licensed. Be sure to check out the company before you sign off on treatment.
· Regular inspections: A tree inspection will call attention to any change in the tree's health before a problem becomes too serious. Schedule an inspection with an arborist once at least ever two years.
· Be informed: Learn about the species of trees are in your yard. If you're not sure if you have ash trees, consult with an arborist so you'll know what to look at for.
· Ask for proof of insurance: Make sure the company's policy adequately covers property damage and injuries that could occur on your property.
· Put it in writing: Read the fine print of the contract before signing and before any work is done.
· Keep it safe: What types of safety measures does the company take, both to protect workers and your property? What safety gear and equipment will the workers use?