Posted: September 28, 2022

Emerald ash borers (EABs) continue to wreak havoc across Minnesota from early spring through fall. Though their active season only tends to last from May until October, the damage they can do in that time frame is significant. Part of being a responsible tree owner in Winona, MN, is keeping an eye out for the invasive tree pests that inhabit our state and contacting tree pest experts when you think your trees may be at risk. At Maier Tree and Lawn, we recommend taking active steps to limit the spread of borers and provide timely and comprehensive support for impacted ash trees and properties that have had contact with any damaging tree pests.

Emerald Ash Bores

The tree pests we get in Minnesota range from fairly harmless to impressively destructive with emerald ash borers falling far along the destructive side. Emerald ash borers are an invasive species that are in active quarantine; the bugs can kill ash trees rapidly and after attacking one tree, they will quickly move on to the next. Limiting the spread of these bugs requires a collective effort on the part of tree-owning Minnesotans—especially if you have ash trees on your property.

How To Identify Bugs

Some steps you can take to prevent the spread of borers include learning how to identify the bugs, ensuring that you are not moving infested wood around the state, and alerting professionals in your area if you spot emerald ash borers in the wild.

Using A Visual Guide

The bugs are unique in their appearance and can be identified on sight if you know what to look for. Using visual guides like this can help narrow your search if you have suspicions or concerns. Even if you don’t see any borers on the surface of your trees, you can still watch for other signs such as surface damage and declining ash tree health as potential warning signs that borers may be present.

If you suspect that your ash trees or trees in your neighborhood have been impacted by emerald ash borers, be sure to contact a tree care professional before the damage can spread further. The tree pest professionals with Maier Tree and Lawn can help identify emerald ash borer damage and develop a pest removal plan that will make every effort to save and preserve your trees.

If you’ve experienced tree pest damage or have concerns about tree pests on your Winona, MN, property, contact Maier Tree and Lawn today at (507) 454-7000 or visit our website here for more information. Catching tree pests early is essential in saving trees, so be sure to watch for signs and symptoms and reach out as soon as a concern arises.

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