Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)
The long and reluctantly awaited Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been officially detected in Omaha. Whether you are looking to prolong the life of your ash tree, or make plans to replace it in your landscape, we can help you!
What are my treatment options?
We offer two treatment options: Trunk injections and systemic trunk sprays. We will help you determine the best solution based on the size and location of your tree, your budget, and the current season.
Our treatment recommendations:
Trunk injections are proven to be the most effective method of protection for your tree. We inject the trunk of your tree using a solution of Emamectin Benzoate (4%). We offer these trunk injections spring through early summer in order to coincide with the lifecycle of the beetle. Trunk injections are effective for two years.
We also offer trunk spray treatments of dinotefuran for very small trees, or trees that will be treated late in the summer (mid-July through August). Trunk sprays are effective for one year.
How often and for how long will I need to treat my tree?
To protect your tree, you will need to treat it every other year, HOWEVER, research shows that once EAB populations spike and decline, homeowners may choose to treat every three or four years. Generally speaking, this population decline occurs around 10 years following the discovery of EAB in a specific area.
Should all ash trees be treated?
Not all ash trees are ideal candidates for treatment. Consider the factors below before treating, keeping in mind that it may be more wise to plant its replacement now so that by the time you need to remove your ash tree, you've got a sizable stand-in ready to go. Looking for ideas on what to plant? Here is a great list of suggested trees from the Nebraska Forest Service.
I can't decide! What do I do?!
We will evaluate trees on a case-by-case basis and help you determine whether or not it is in your best interest to treat the tree or plan for its replacement. Beware of fly-by-night companies that tell you every tree should be treated! Remember: we are dealing with toxic chemicals that wipe out a wide array of insects, some of which are beneficial - not just EAB. For the sake of the environment and your pocketbook, we are taking a more reasonable approach.
How do the treatments work?
Treatments target EAB in two ways: The adult beetles that eat the leaves, as well as the larvae that feed on the live wood beneath the bark in August. The larvae then die before they are able to eat enough wood to disrupt the flow of water and nutrients up into the canopy.
When should I treat the trees?
Treatments must be performed by the end of July in order to be most effective in killing the larvae that feed on your tree. Larvae activity peaks in August, so we must perform the treatment within this time frame so the insecticide has time to be distributed throughout the tree.
Trust an arborist!
We cannot urge you strongly enough to be proactive and to get a plan in place if you have a valuable ash tree that you would like preserve. Aside from the chemical treatments themselves, hiring a professional, certified arborist will be the strongest tool in your arsenal!