In order to slow the spread of EAB, the State of Minnesota has banned moving all hardwood firewood, and any parts of ash tree including logs, branches, or ash wood chips from Hennepin, Ramsey, Houston, and Winona Counties.
If you own an ash tree, you will want to start looking for signs of EAB on your tree and in your neighborhood; common signs include:
• Increased woodpecker activity (they feed on EAB larvae under the bark)
• Vertical cracks through the bark
• Dying branches in the upper canopy of the tree
• Sprouts emerging from the trunk or base of the tree.
If EAB is discovered near your home, you may want to take action. If you own a young ash tree, consider removing it and planting a different type of tree. If you have an older tree, you can protect your tree from EAB with insecticide treatments. If you decide to start applying an insecticide treatment, you will have to continue to apply it for the remainder of the tree’s life to properly protect it. Insecticide treatments, especially for trees 48 inches in circumference or greater, should be handled by a professional arborist. Smaller trees can be treated by a homeowner with products from a home or garden store.
General information on EAB:
EAB: Homeowner’s Guide to Insecticide Treatment:
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