What to do about emerald ash borer

The emerald ash borer is a lethal threat to ash trees, and has been found just 20 miles from Whitewater. This is bad news for anyone (like me) who has an ash tree in their yard.

screen shot of web site Wisconsin's emerald ash borer information sourceBill McNee from the WI Dept. of Natural Resources will talk about what we can do at an emerald ash borer forum on Thurs., Oct. 4, at 6:30 p.m. in Hyland Hall’s Timmerman Auditorium.

There’s also “Wisconsin’s Emerald Ash Borer Information Source” online with a lot of information, including how to identify an ash tree and whether it’s infested, suggestions for homeowners, and maps and a list of communities where EAB has been confirmed.

Andersen Library has additional resources. A search of HALCAT will find a few titles, such as Emerald ash borer: The green menace (online federal government document). Searching article databases will find articles including “Economic Analysis of Emerald Ash Borer (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) Management Options” (2012, Journal Of Economic Entomology, vol.105:no.1, pp.196-206), “Alternatives to Ash” (2012, American Nurseryman, vol.212:no.2, pp.6-9), and “…The Bug That’s Eating America” (2011, July 11, Time, pp.56-59).

If you would like assistance with finding additional materials, please ask a librarian.

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One Response to What to do about emerald ash borer

  1. BobbyJo says:

    Another speaker, Dr. R. Chris Williamson from UW-Madison’s Dept. of Entomology, spoke about management options for homeowners. He was very clear that those of us in Whitewater with ash trees we’d like to save should treat our trees in the spring because the borer has been found in the county. There were a variety of effective treatment options, which can be reviewed online. But when conditions are dry the root drench method is not advisable. Also, any tree with more than40-50% canopy deterioration is not a good candidate for treatment (at that point just remove and destroy).

    There were many, many handouts, and the homeowner fact sheet is online: http://labs.russell.wisc.edu/eab/eab-news-and-resources#Management_Factsheets

    http://www.emeraldashborer.info/ is a highly recommended site, and there you’ll find the online publication “Insecticide Options for Protecting Ash Trees”

    If you suspect your ash might be infested, they recommended contacting the city forester, and there’s also a Wisconsin EAB hotline 1-800-462-803.

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