Be on the lookout for emerald ash borers. The emerald ash borer (EAB) is a serious threat to ash trees in Missouri. This invasive pest will eventually kill unprotected ash trees. Many trees can be saved with the careful use of systemic insecticides. However, not all ash trees should be treated, and for many locations the start of treatments should be delayed. This guide will assist you in making decisions about protecting your trees from this invasive pest. Find more information at eab.missouri.edu.
In the Ozarks, we are proud of our trees. But a small insect is putting our beautiful ash trees at risk. The emerald ash borer is an invasive pest that will eventually kill unprotected ash trees. Treating your tree early can help save it.
Here are a few signs to know if emerald ash borers have affected your tree:
- D-shaped exit holes about 1/8″ wide.
- Winding, s-shaped tunnels just under the bark.
- New sprouts on the branches and lower trunk.
- Increased woodpecker activity on the tree.
- Sparse leaves and/or branches dying in the upper part of the tree.
To identify when is the best time to treat or cut your ash tree, check out this PDF from the Department of Conservation.
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