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Is Winter a Natural Pesticide? The Threat of Emerald Ash Borer in 2018

Small but Mighty: The Harmful Effects of Emerald Ash Borers

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What Is It?

A relatively new threat, the Asia native insect was first discovered in the U.S. in 2002. The Emerald Ash Borer appears during warmer weather, typically around mid-to late-May throughout the Midwest. The name is derived from its emerald-green appearance and its behavior of boring into ash trees.

Why is it Harmful?

Females lay eggs on ash trees. The larvae bore into the tree and feed under the bark, disrupting the tree’s water and nutrient transport system. This insect has destroyed tens of millions of ash trees throughout the U.S. and Canada.

How Does the Weather Affect It?

While cold temperatures can kill off Emerald Ash Borer insects, it can also kill off their predators, parasitoids, creating fewer natural defenses against the species. While cold weather can influence the population in a season, it is not lethal to the species. Over a few years, the population will resume its baseline figures, creating a consistent volume over time. We can expect the Emerald Ash Borer to be a threat this year, just like any other.

How Do I Treat it?

We use our Integrated Pest Management containing high-quality, slow-release products for fewer, more effective treatments against insects. Our free lawn and pest analysis will allow us to develop a treatment plan specific to your lawn care and pest prevention needs. Scheduling preventative insect control applications in early spring can help deter your ash trees from being damaged this summer.

We offer lawn and plant care with insect and grub prevention for beautiful landscapes all year round. Contact Portage Turf Specialists LLC at (330) 296-8873 for a free consultation to discuss your insect and lawn care needs this spring.

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