Emerald Ash Borer Treatments MN

eab-treatments-mnA confirmed presence of EAB (Emerald Ash Borer) was discovered in St. Paul Minnesota in the year 2009. Since then, it has been killing ash trees and costing millions of dollars. YTS is dedicated in the fight against the deadly Emerald Ash Borer. Our licensed arborists are qualified to handle the treatment and removal of infected ash trees, which needs to be completed immediately, to ensure EAB doesn’t spread to other ashes. If caught in time, the tree may not need to be removed, YTS has industry leading techniques that can save you and your ash tree/s.

What is Emerald Ash Borer?

Emerald Ash Borer is an exotic beetle, originally from Asia, which feeds off ash trees both in the adult and larvae stages of life. The adult beetles are bright green, with a purple stomach, smaller than a penny and are often times hard to spot. Matured Emerald Ash Borers have some impact on the tree’s life, but the larva stage is what causes the most detriment. The EAB larvae feed off the inner nutrients, taking all of the trees food and water and feeding themselves, while starving and damaging the tree. An infested ash tree dies within three years of an infestation.

Emerald Ash Borer in Minnesota

Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN is home to many ash trees and with Emerald Ash Borer present, there have been regulations set in place to keep our trees safe and healthy. The U.S and Minnesota Department of Agriculture have placed a quarantine on Anoka, Ramsey, Hennepin, Olmsted, Winona and Houston counties and is steadily growing. This quarantine is an effort to limit the spread and devastating effects that Emerald Ash Borer has on Ash trees. It is important that you contact a qualified licensed arborist the instant you suspect your ash tree may be housing these insects. The sooner it is identified, the less at risk your tree, finances and area is.

Environmental Impact of EAB:

Emerald Ash Borer pays no mind if you are a municipal, residential, commercial, industrial or any other property type. They find an Ash tree and consume its resources. Even an Ash at the peak of health can be completely destroyed. The beetles have cost millions of dollars and killed countless Ash trees. They threaten our yards, woods, neighborhoods, parks and entire environment.

The most important aspect of an Emerald Ash Borer infestation is to document it and take immediate action. If the insects are left alone they will kill the host tree and fly to surrounding trees, spreading the damage and increasing in population. The cost of removing one tree is enough but if you let the infestation go, they will spread to any more Ash trees you have on your property, your neighbors and can fly to any more within a half mile.

Signs of Emerald Ash Borer:

  • ‘D’ shaped holes in the bark of an Ash tree
  • ‘S’ shaped designs that indicate the feeding trail under the bark
  • Increased Woodpecker activity (they eat EAB)
  • Metallic green beetles
  • Canopy Thinning
  • Dying Branches

How is EAB Spread?

  • Local spreading by beetles flying within a half mile
  • Through transport of infested firewood, wood chips, logs, etc.

It is important to understand that just because a tree has been chopped down or cut up, doesn’t mean the insects are dead. They can still develop, thrive and hide in ash wood that is no longer rooted into the ground.

EAB Advanced Treatment Options

YTS is a Minnesota state certified commercial pesticide applicator and are highly qualified to treat or remove an Ash tree that has become a host of Emerald Ash Borer beetles. With early detection our licensed arborists can offer industry leading tree injections, which have proven to be the most effective way of eradicating EAB. It is critical for the life of your ash trees and many other in Minnesota to treat Emerald Ash Borer infected trees immediately.

For possible EAB infestations at your St. Paul or Minneapolis, MN municipal, industrial, or utility company properties contact YTS at (612) 331-1133; we can identify and successfully treat or remove the Ash tree in question.