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Beware the Emerald Ash Borer This Fall

Cole Pest Control tells you how to avoid the destructive and invasive Emerald Ash Borer

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Fall brings with it a new host of pest problems, and one of the most problematic is the emerald ash borer. Read on to find out why.

What is the emerald ash borer?

Emerald ash borers originated in Asia and was transported to North America via wood packing material in the early 2000s.  It was first discovered in southeastern Michigan in 2002 and has since killed tens of millions of ash trees.

The insect itself is about a half an inch long, bright, metallic green with purple segments under its wings.  Because of its size and preferred habitat of the forest, it can be difficult to spot in the wild.

Why is the emerald ash borer a problem?

The larva of the emerald ash borer tunnel under the ash trees bark and block the systems that transport food and water.  Without those systems working, the tree eventually starves to death.  When this happens, the damage caused to cities, property owners and industries can range in the millions of dollars, and our ecosystems can be damaged permanently.

What can I do to prevent emerald ash borer infestations?

Emerald ash borers can only fly about half a mile, so most infestations happen from people transporting wood across longer distances from an infested area to an uninfested area.  The emerald ash borer can hide in trees themselves (prior to it damage being completely visible), mulch or firewood.

This is why it is imperative that you do not move firewood.  Only buy local firewood, mulch and trees.  Missouri and Kansas currently do not have firewood certification programs, but you can always ask the seller where the wood in question came from.  It’s best to stick as close to home as possible, but in general, try to stay under 10 miles, and never exceed 50 miles from home.  To see where Emerald Ash Borers have been detected, check out this quarantine map to make sure you’re not buying wood from infected locations.

Get Safe Pest Control from Cole Pest Control

Cole Pest Control is family owned and operated and has been since 1981, so you know we’re dedicated to creating healthy homes and environments for your family.  In addition to being a nuisance, pests can spread disease, but we don’t believe in replacing one health hazard with another. You can trust our dedicated service professionals to use the safest pest control tactics on the market to keep you and your family safe.  Give us a call today at 816-875-9310, or visit our website for more information.

15 Comments
  1. I had heard about not traveling with firewood, but wasn’t really aware what it could mean. Thank you for providing a great map that shows how quickly the Emerald Ash Borer has spread.

  2. It is nice to see awareness being raised on this topic. Hopefully we will develop the means to combat them, rather than just avoid them.

  3. I had know idea these little bugs were tearing up the forests. Thanks for letting us know how important it is to get local wood.

  4. What a nasty little bug. It’s great to get wood for the fir but now we have to make sure it’s not spreading this problem bug.

  5. Very interesting. This is an example of an instance where a creature has been introduced to a environment that they’re not naturally found in and are destructive in it.

  6. It seems these bugs have found a way to completely secure itself from predators. Hopefully a local predator develops a taste for them.

  7. This seems to be a trend around the world. A foreign species is introduced and does damage to a native species then we carry this new species all over destroying the natural habitat.

  8. Ashes are among my favorite trees; I hope that people heed the advice in this blog.

  9. Hope these things start dying down. They are a real problem for sustaining forests.

  10. These guys are destroying ashes at an alarming rate. It is good that awareness is being raised in this pest.

  11. I haven’t heard of these bugs until now, I hope we are able to get them under control before they destroy more of our forests.

  12. It’s sad to hear that such a little bug can do so much damage. I wish more people would take into account the environments that they are spending time in and follow the rules.

  13. I have never heard of these guys. This is good information to have on hand. Thanks!

  14. It seems like a small thing to pay attention to but is so important to keep our woods healthy.

  15. Great information on a topic I have never heard of. Thanks for posting!

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