How can I tell if my tree is already infected?
Common signs of infestation include:
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Thinning leaves or branches.
S-shaped larval galleries just beneath the bark.
D-shaped exit holes through the bark about 1/8 inch wide.
Damage from woodpeckers trying to get the borer at its larvae stage.
Unusual shoots sprouting from the main trunk
Vertical splits in the bark
What is emerald ash borer?
Emerald ash borer is an invasive beetle that belongs to the metallic wood-borer family. It infests and destroys all species of North American ash trees.
How does emerald ash borer affect the tree?
Emerald ash borer beetles kill the tree by starving it of nutrients and water. Once the female lays her eggs on the bark of an ash tree, they pupate and become larvae. The larvae tunnel under the bark and disrupt the tree's vascular system by chewing on soft tissue that transports water and nutrients throughout the tree. After a couple of years, the emerald ash borer population grows exponentially inside the tree, and the combined damage will eventually kill it.