By Baxter Colburn
The Emerald Ash Borer is spreading rapidly across Door County. Incidents involving the EAB have been reported from Southern Door all the way to Gills Rock according to Todd Burke of Daves Tree Services. At this time, there is no official cure for the EAB and it shows no signs of going away according to Burke.
The EAB is a small bug transported from Asia on shipping cargo and from imported nursery trees from various states. Ash trees, especially those in the 30-60 foot range, are the primary target, and Burke says it takes no favorites when it comes to dealing devastating damage to local foliage.
As we enter the second week of September, Burke says any treatment options for infected trees are too late for salvation if not previously cared for prior to this month. One easy way to detect a possible EAB outbreak on your ash tree is if you see bark falling off due to woodpeckers drilling on the soften wood.