Remember the hoopla about the EAB (Emerald Ash Borer)? It was certainly justified hoopla, because that bug wreaked havoc in our area. The city of Fort Wayne has lost about 15 THOUSAND street trees and twice that in the parks and recreational areas. Lost trees in residential areas number into the hundred thousands. The EAB absolutely decimated Ash trees in our urban forest. Because we forecasted warnings early, however, some of our customers were able to save the Ash Trees in their yards. As the impact of this bug wains in our area, these trees will continue to flourish and provide beauty for their owners. That just goes to show that the axiom, “forewarned is forearmed” is true in tree-care!
The next bug we’re watching is the ALB (Asian Longhorned Beetle). If you receive our newsletter, you’ve already gotten an initial warning about this new pest, and you can find out more information throughout our website. Where the EAB attacked only Ash trees, the ALB is poised to make an even greater impact because its preferences are more diverse. Trees susceptible to the ALB include:
There are a few other, rarer, host trees, too, such as:
If you have any of these trees on your property, you should start looking around for the ALB. When doing a tree-check, you’ll want to look for the beetles themselves as well as the entrance and exit holes. We have included some pictures here so you know what you’re looking for.
Jeff Ling is a Registered Consulting Arborist and Co-Founder of TreeMasters, Inc., a full service arbor-care company, located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. TreeMasters provides tree owners with scientific tree management services throughout Indiana, southern Michigan and western Ohio.