Pest Control Highlight: Ash Borers

Posted by AllGreen on September 1, 2018

Pest Control MAEvery summer, New England homeowners need to battle the same pests. Typically ticks, mosquitos, and occasionally termites are the most common. But this summer, the ash borer has made its way into backyards across Massachusetts. With a little help from the pros here at AllGreen, you can get your pest control in place and keep your trees healthy all year.

What is an Ash Borer?

This green beetle poses a threat because of how quickly it kills ash trees. In 1-3 years, the beetle will feed on the inner bark, where water and nutrients are stored. Woodpeckers are the only predator of this insect, so they are considered an extremely invasive species.

How Does It Spread?

As fully grown insects, they can fly for up to a mile, but they don’t typically spread to other ash trees on their own. They are transported through humans – either by transplanting their trees or in the form of firewood and logs. If it’s found that your backyard forest contains an infected ash tree, you have one of two options. You can chop the tree down and dispose of it, or you can implement a pest control program. The professionals here at AllGreen work hard to keep your property clear of pests, while keeping you and your family healthy.

Why Does It Matter?

If you have ash trees on your property, you should be aware of the state of them. These invasive beetles will kill trees by depriving them of nutrients, and dead trees can cause a hazard for you and your neighbors. Dead trees are much weaker, and are susceptible to falling due to strong winds or storms. Additionally, they dry up and become a fire hazard. Ash borers have been found in all five New England states, and in 42 municipalities in Massachusetts.

If you’re worried about an ash borer infestation, don’t worry to call lawn care professionals like the ones here at AllGreen. We’ll work hard to use our pest control services to rid your property of ash borers and other invasive pests. For more information or to set up an appointment, feel free to call us at 617-327-5555 (West Roxbury) or 781-762-7080 (Norwood).