Getting Rid of the Emerald Ash Borer
The Emerald Ash Borer is a small beetle which has become the biggest pest in North American history. In infects healthy or unhealthy trees. Originally from eastern Russia, northern China, Japan, and Korea, this insect has cost North America hundreds of millions of dollars in damage. It’s the single most destructive insect in history. Trees usually are destroyed within two years of infestation.
There is one known chemical which kills the Emerald Ash Borer and that’s a chemical known as TREE-age. The chemical name is emamectin benzoate. Tree-age is applied every other year and is known to kill off the beetle in infected trees. There is a chemical that offers preventative treatment. Imidacloprid is used to pre-treat trees, but it does not kill the Emerald Ash Borer once it’s infected the tree.
The problem with the Emerald Ash Borer is a tree owner isn’t aware of infestation until the tree begins to show symptoms. By this time, if 20% or more of the tree is affected, the tree should be considered a candidate to be cut down. This is the reason it’s very important for tree owners to pre-treat their trees in order to prevent this highly corrosive insect from destroying your prized possession.