The emerald ash borer in the Twin Cities
The emerald ash borer, an invasive insect that destroys ash trees, has been found in Minnesota. The emerald ash borer can devastate huge numbers of beautiful ash trees. Minnesota has one of the largest populations (900 million) of ash trees in the U.S. The ash borer was discovered in the Twin Cities, in St. Paul, in May, 2009.
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Where is the emerald ash borer in Minnesota?
Find the most current EAB locations in Minnesota.
Will the emerald ash borer spread?
Yes! It can and is spreading.
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Quarantines will slow down the spread, as long as they’re respected. Quarantines restrict the transporting of infested limbs and branches to eliminate the use of these trees as firewood or using un-composted ash chips outside the quarantine area. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has quarantined the counties listed above.
Signs of the emerald ash borer
Telltale signs can include D-shaped exit holes in the bark, S-shaped tunnels under the bark, vertical cracks in the bark, sprouts around the base of the ash tree, canopy thinning and heavy woodpecker activity on the ash tree.
Do I need to treat my ash tree?
It’s best to consult with an arborist. S&S Tree and Landscaping Specialists employs more than 20 certified arborists who can help you diagnose or treat your tree. In many cases, if you’re not within 15 miles or so of an infected area your ash tree may not need treatment.
S&S arborists are fully qualified to help you diagnose and treat your ash trees, or answer any tree questions you have.