The professional arborists at Menchhofer Tree Care are trained to recognize trees that have been affected by the Emerald Ash Borer in Indianapolis, IN. We are also aware of techniques and applications that can be used to protect your trees from this pest as well as how to treat them if they have been infested.
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Recognizing the Emerald Ash Borer
A fully grown Emerald Ash Borer will appear to be a bright metallic green beetle. They are approximately one third of an inch long, with a rounded abdomen and a flat back. Adults are most active during the summer months from mid-May through late July. The larvae are quite long, growing up to an inch and are a creamy white color with flat, segmented bodies. The larvae will be found under the bark of the ash tree from mid-summer to spring.
How to tell if an Ash tree is infected by the Emerald Ash Borer
According to Purdue University, there are a number of signs that may indicate that Emerald Ash Borers have infested one of your trees or a tree in your neighborhood:
- Woodpeckers – if you notice a lot of woodpeckers in your neighborhood ash trees during the winter months, there is a possibility those trees may be infested.
- Dieback – an infested tree will experience leaf dieback over the upper third of the tree that will slowly progress downward.
- Bark splits or holes – if you begin noticing vertical splits in the ash tree’s bark, or or small, D-shaped holes, your ash tree may be infected. These holes are the results of newly grown adults emerging from underneath the tree’s bark, where the larvae live and feed.
Menchhofer Tree Care’s Emerald Ash Borer Treatment in Indianapolis, IN
At Menchhofer Tree Care, we are proud to offer micro-injection treatments that will protect against Emerald Ash Borer infestations for up to two years. This treatment is injected into the vascular system of the tree, preventing adults and larvae from feeding. Those insects that do feed on the tree will be killed by the pesticide. It is our hope that treatments such as this will completely eradicate the Emerald Ash Borer from the city. Contact our tree risk assessment in Indianapolis team today for your consultation.