The Emerald Ash Borer
What is the Emerald Ash Borer?
The Emerald Ash Borer or also know as the Argrilus Planipennis, Is an invasive species native to eastern China and has been brought over to North America by the distribution of ash trees. The Emerald Ash Borer is now killing billions of trees in the U.S and Canada.
Emerald ash Borer Characteristics
The Emerald Ash Borer is a very small "beetle looking" like pest. It is about 1 cm or half an inch. It is a metallic blue-green coloured insect and is very lustrous. It is 1/8 inches wide and has a flat head. It has wings and very tiny legs.
First Offence and Last Seen
The Emerald Ash Borer originates from eastern China but first discovered in Windsor, Ontario in 2002 in North America. Then was later discovered in Ohio in 2004 and Northern Indiana also in 2004. After a few years it spread around the east of North America. The Emerald Ash Borer was last discovered in a few parts in Brampton and the numbers are still growing.
Accomplices and Damage Done
The Emerald Ash Borer came into North America from China because of transportation of ash wood and fire wood. Humans them self have made this an invasive species. Due to this accident, The Emerald Ash Borer has killed tens of millions of trees and continues to spread in new areas. The removal and replacement of these trees may reach over $2 billion over a 30- year period.
Attempts to Capture and Rewards
This insect is very small but is very harmful to the ecosystem. This is why there have been many attempts to stop it. In a certain area, people have tried to destroy all ash trees in a 10 km wide by 30 km long piece of land. Also scientist have tried to put a natural trap on the tree to catch near by Emerald Ash Borers. They are still discovering new methods.
Emerald Ash Borer
If you encounter the Emerald Ash Borer, You should call the Bartlett Tree Experts at (416)-900-4500
By: Deepan Sharma