English: Agrilus planipennis, the emerald ash borer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It has been reported that the Emerald Ash Borer has now been spotted on the East Coast. Before 2002 this native of Russia, Korea, and Japan had never been sited in the United States. No one knows for sure how it got here, the best guess is in wood used to support cargo in ships.
So far, it appears the EAB only attacks ash trees in the US. They have been found in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Ontario and Quebec, and now Connecticut and other New England states.
You can prevent the spread by refraining from buying ash wood or trees from a supplier in another state. So far, there are confirmed cases in Naugatuck and Prospect. There are around 22 million ash trees in the state, make up 4 to 15% of trees, and are a common urban tree. Use caution, and call the Dept. of Agriculture if you spot any of these creepy critters at 1-866-322-4512.
While we at Algiere’s Landscaping do not commonly use ash trees in our designs, we feel an obligation to pass on important information on invasive species to our customers and fans. If you spot a beetle and think it might be an EAB but want to make sure before calling the DOA, give us a call and we’d be happy to check it out. If we see one while working in your yard, we will let you know. We cannot, however, help you treat your trees, you’ll need to call an arborist for that. You can find a reputable arborist here: http://www.kellysolutions.com/CT/