Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an insect native to Asia that was discovered near Detroit in 2002. Since then, it has eaten its way south and east towards Pennsylvania, killing hundreds of millions of ash trees along the way. Unlike many of our native wood-boring insects, EAB will attack a completely healthy ash tree.
There are known infestations in Bucks, Montgomery, Berks, and Lancaster counties, but so far, Delaware County has been spared. Control options are available; once EAB is in our immediate area, those options will become somewhat more limited and more costly. We have personally observed the infestation in Bucks County, and it is clear that once the population of EAB explodes in an area, the dead ash trees start to accumulate faster than tree care companies can remove them. That’s why we are encouraging you to protect any worthwhile ash trees this year, in order to stay ahead of the infestation. We are being proactive about EAB, and we encourage you to do the same. If you haven’t already done so, please contact us to find out how we can help you save your ash trees.
Due to a number of EAB detections in Pennsylvania and adjacent counties in neighboring states, in April of 2011 the internal state quarantine restricting the movement of ash within Pennsylvania was rescinded.
THE FEDERAL QUARANTINE ON EAB AND EXTERNAL QUARANTINE ON FIREWOOD FROM OUTSIDE PENNSYLVANIA ARE STILL IN EFFECT.
Emerald ash borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire, is an exotic beetle that was discovered in southeastern Michigan near Detroit in...
These fact sheets can help you learn more about what Emerald Ash Borers are and what they look like.