Right in the middle of all this crazy (Bear’s surgery, my sickness) the tree guy came and cut down the ash tree- it has the Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis or EAB) which is responsible for the destruction of tens of millions of ash trees in 25 states in the Midwest and Northeast. Native to Asia, it likely arrived in the United States hidden in wood packing materials. The first U.S. identification of Emerald Ash Borer was in southeastern Michigan in 2002. There are a variety of treatment options that can serve as a control measure for the EAB, but they are not a cure.
We tried this last year, $200.00 to treat and it looked worse this year so we decided to take it down.
The adult beetles nibble on ash foliage but cause little damage.
The larvae (the immature stage) feed on the inner bark of ash trees, disrupting the tree’s ability to transport water and nutrients.