Without question, our environment is a complicated ecosystem. All aspects are connected and intertwined in so many ways. As each part of the ecosystem has evolved, so have opportunistic insects and diseases. When this happens it is time for intervention with some control measures.
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Emerald Ash Borer
We have been warning our customers for several years that a new insect is coming to Connecticut. The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is here and confirmed in 15 towns in Fairfield, New Haven, Litchfield and Hartford counties. This insect will kill all untreated ash trees in our state; it is that devastating. So far the Emerald Ash Borer has killed nearly 100 million ash trees in the northeast U.S. and Canada.
The arrival of invasive pests is not a new experience. Hemlock wooly adelgid arrived in 1985. Even gypsy moth caterpillars were an introduced pest. As the world’s economy grows the sharing of insects will continue. This is the current reality.
We should be able to maintain individual ash trees just as we do with residential hemlocks. Proper annual treatments to ash trees will be effective in controlling EAB. The two main methods for controlling EAB are bark sprays and soil injections of specialized pesticides. Both methods are effective, safe and easy to implement. Let us know if you have an ash which you value and want to keep.
For excellent, detailed info from the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) click here.
Above, we are spraying the trunk with a systemic insecticide to treat Emerald Ash Borer. This is however only one of the ways we can treat it. There are many other ways which we are aware of as well.
Take a close look at this picture and you’ll see baby caterpillars emerging from their eggs. Gypsy moth caterpillars found hatching April 23rd in Branford, CT. Certainly the earliest gypsy moth we’ve ever seen! As these little guys grow they’ll munch their way through leaves of their favorite host trees such as oaks, beeches, and some maples.