There continues to be a surplus of Ash tree removals in our region! This is due to the continuous infestation of the emerald ash borer (EAB). According to the New York State Department of Conservation (DEC), “The emerald ash borer (EAB) (Agrilus planipennis) is an invasive beetle from Asia that infests and kills North American ash species (Fraxinus sp.) including green, white, black and blue ash. All of New York’s native ash trees are susceptible to EAB.” As the EAB population climbs, the more susceptible our Ash trees are.
Why is this such a large problem? It becomes a problem because cutting down Ash trees can be extremely dangerous. According to the National Deer Association (NDA) “ If someone is sawing down diseased ash that has been hit by EAB, the top could potentially break off and fall before the rest of the tree, or in a different direction. It could end up falling on the chainsaw operator.” This means that it is highly advised to have professional help with the removal of an Ash tree.
How can you tell if your Ash tree is at risk and needs to be cut down? Make sure to check these warning signs as advised by the DEC: Dieback, yellowing, and browning of leaves. An increase in the woodpecker activity is an early sign of EAB infestation as well. This will lead to large strips of bark falling off the tree, which can reveal an S-shaped larval gallery. Finally, look on the truck for small D-shaped holes which are formed when a beetle emerges. If left for too long, the tree will be susceptible to falling on its own. Typically, the top of the tree will fall first without warning, causing danger for those who may be around the tree.
What should you do if you have found EAB? Do not take the tree down on your own. You can contact the DEC to confirm an EAB infestation. You can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org. or (866) 640-0652. They will not be able to help you remove the tree, so this is where you must contact a professional. Here at Six Diamonds, we will be able to serve you as we have extensive experience with EAB and Ash Tree removal.
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