The Threat of Emerald Ash Borer in Iowa

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Emerald Ash Borer has been a hot topic for many counties in Iowa over the last couple of years. And for good reason.

EAB has already caused much devastation across the country.

Check out the image below of a street in Toledo, Ohio that had an Emerald Ash Borer infestation.

EAB before & after

All this damage happened within just 3 years.

Iowa is currently under a state-wide quarantine which was issued in February 2014 by the Iowa DNR and IDALS.

Residents are being asked not to transport firewood across county or state lines. This helps reduce the chance of spreading the EAB beetle or other pests.

What is Emerald Ash Borer?

Emerald Ash Borer beetles are wood boring insects that attack and kill ash trees. 

Adult EAB beetles live on the outside of the tree and feed on the leaves during the summer months.

The larvae, which look similar to white grubs, feed on the living material under the bark of ash trees.

Ultimately, trees are killed by the tunnels created by the EAB larvae, which disrupts the tree’s vascular flow.

According to research, Emerald Ash Borer beetles can only fly for a few miles. This helps slow the natural spread of EAB in ash trees.

The Effect of Emerald Ash Borer Devastation in Iowa

According to the Iowa DNR, Iowa has an estimated 3.1 million ash trees in urban areas with an additional 52 million in woodland areas.

Consider the effect this could have on your community.

With EAB imminent for all of our services areas (including Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, and Des Moines) we are helping homeowners prepare for and treat ash trees for Emerald Ash Borer.

Emerald Ash Borer Treatment for Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, and Des Moines

The best thing to do is treat Ash trees before they become infested or in the earliest stages of an infestation.

Also, treating affected trees will need to continue every 2 years once the insects have reached your locale.

Lawn-Tek can treat ash trees in the spring, once the tree begins to bud.

We use a proven and effective product called Tree-Age, an insecticide developed by Aborjet. It is applied by drilling small holes in the trunk of the tree and injecting the insecticide into the vascular system.

Pricing for Ash tree treatments start at $100 per tree.

Please give us a call at Toll Free (877) 220-4404 to set up an appointment for Ash Tree diagnosis and Emerald Ash Borer treatments.

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