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The Emerald Ash Borer is a destructive, invasive pest that targets ash trees. The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a wood-boring pest originating from Asia, first found in America in 2002. This invasive species has destroyed tens of millions of ash trees across 30 states, killing off trees within three to four years of infestation. Learning how to control and limit pest infestations is essential to what Scientific Plant Service can do for our clients. Our lawn care company has served our Baltimore clients well since our founding in 1957. The Scientific Plant Service staff is licensed to provide excellent care and belongs to many local associations. If you are in need of Baltimore Emerald Ash Borer control services, contact Scientific Plant Service today

How to Spot Emerald Ash Borers

What does the Emerald Ash Borer look like? The EAB is a beetle that completes its life cycle of one to two years by moving through four distinct stages: egg, larvae, pupae, and adulthood. Adults are ⅜ to ⅝ of an inch long, with metallic bright green outer wings. 

The eggs are tiny (1/25 of an inch) and reddish-brown. Larvae are white and grow to be about an inch long. The EAB’s larval stage is responsible for the damage that kills its host. The larvae’s feeding under the tree bark damages the tree’s ability to move moisture and nutrients from the soil to tree leaves, which causes ash tree decline and death. 

The Signs and Symptoms of an EAB Infestation 

If you suspect your tree is infested with the Emerald Ash Borer, there are a few telltale signs. Look for the following: 

  • Yellow, thin, or wilted foliage 
  • Unusual woodpecker presence as they peck holes and search for EAB larvae and pupae
  • S-shaped larval galleries in the wood
  • D-shaped exit holes in the bark. The exit holes are ⅛ inches in diameter and produced by the adults leaving the infested tree. 
  • Shoots growing from the roots or a tree’s trunk, often with larger-than-normal leaves. 

Finally, the ultimate sign of an EAB infestation is tree canopy dieback. Canopy dieback, initially in the upper third of a tree indicates an infestation. Trees with severe or untreated infestations die within three to five years, while small trees may die within one to two years. Emerald ash borers can attack healthy and distressed trees.

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When Emerald Ash Borers invade native trees, there is no comprehensive cure, but there are actions that can prevent the spread of infestation. Treatments include quarantines, infested tree removal, insecticides, and biological controls. The biological controls include using pests or insects to kill off the EAB populations. Insecticides are usually injected directly into the tree or soil drench to reduce damage to the ash trees. If you notice Emerald Ash Borer infestation symptoms you may also have to contact your state agriculture agency to alert them of the invasive species. 

Additional Invasive Species Control Services in Baltimore

Scientific Plant Service is here to help control any invasive species you may encounter in your landscape. Invasive species are non-native plants, pests, or animals that destroy ecosystems. They can lead to the extinction of native plants and animals, eliminate biodiversity, and reduce wildlife habitat. A healthy landscape depends on a thriving, balanced ecosystem, so invasive species must be managed as soon as they are spotted. Call Scientific Plant Service for the Baltimore Emerald Ash Borer control services you require. 

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Scientific Plant Service, located in Baltimore, is a privately owned corporation, chartered in Maryland in 1957 by Frank J. Burke. We started as a full-service Arborists specializing in the care of shade trees and ornamental shrubs, but today we are a Lawn Care company that is a huge part of the community. From aquatic environments and snow management to deer and mole control, SPS has services tailored specifically for your lawn and landscape.

We offer services in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia, including: Harford, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Howard, Anne Arundel, Montgomery, Prince Georges, Talbot, Queen Anne’s, Calvert counties in MD, as well as Loudoun County, Fairfax County, Arlington, Alexandria, and Falls Church in VA. For more information, contact us online, or call us at 410-321-0970. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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