Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an ash tree-killing insect from Asia that was unintentionally introduced to southeastern Michigan several years ago. In 2003, it was first found feeding on ash trees in northwest Ohio. Now, it is suspected to have made its way to Minster.
EAB larvae feed on the living portion of the tree, directly beneath the bark. This eating habit restricts the tree’s ability to move essential water and nutrients throughout the plant. In three to five years, even the healthiest tree is unable to survive an attack.
The main symptoms of an EAB infested tree are branch dieback, sprouting around the base of the tree, and unusual woodpecker activity. Signs of an EAB infestation are very unique. These include 1/8-inch, D-shaped exit holes, and if the bark is peeled back, a serpentine pattern of tunnels packed with sawdust.
Village crews have treated all ash trees located on municipal property with the Safari insecticide. For more information on EAB and available insecticides to treat your ash trees visit http://ohiodnr.com/tabid/5066/Default.aspx