Emerald Ash Borer - A Scourge For Our Time!
In May the City of Liberty, MO advised its citizens that Emerald Ash Borers have been confirmed to be active on ash trees in the city. Liberty is the county seat of Clay County and Clay County has already been quarantined as an Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) infestation area. Much of western Missouri and eastern Kansas has already been quarantined.
Be Advised: If you own ash trees, large or small, healthy or not, they will be attacked by EAB adults that will lay eggs inside the tree. The larvae will eat the internal portions of the sap system carrying water and nutrients. This feeding activity will kill the tree within one or two years.
If your ash tree dies, small trees up to 4 inches in diameter and under 10 feet tall can be removed easily with a small chain saw. Larger trees are more dangerous to remove and require more skill to do so safely. This process can be expensive. Contact a professional arborist for guidance.
Contact an ISA Certified Arborist who is also a state licensed pesticide applicator if you decide to protect your ash trees. The cost to treat a tree can often be substantially lower than the cost of removing a dead tree. Certified Arborists, certified by the International Society of Arboriculture. are experts in the use of arboricultural medicaments to treat EAB infestations successfully. To find a Certified Arborist near you contact the International Society of Arboriculture at www.isa-arbor.com.
Here is the notice from the City of Liberty.