Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) confirmed in Roeland Park A note from the City Forester, Carl Wisdom, September 2014: The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is in Roeland Park. This has been CONFIRMED by the Kansas Department of Agriculture. I have found signs of EAB in trees in different parts of the city. EAB has been confirmed this year in multiple sites throughout Johnson County and more are discovered as summer passes by. You may not see signs of the beetle or decline in your Ash trees right now, but that does not mean that it is not infected. The time has come to gather information and make some decisions about your Ash tree. This pest will continue to spread no matter what. There is quite a bit of information available to help you with any choices that need to be made. Some of the issues involved are: 1) Is it worth it to treat my tree? 2) How should I treat my tree? 3) What to expect from your tree, and 4) When do I have my tree removed? Go to the Roeland Park city website (www.roelandpark.net) and find EAB information and links to other sites under the Public Works tab. If you do not have internet access, information could be printed for you at City Hall. The Emerald Ash Borer is through travelling for the year, so now is the time to plan your course of action for 2015. Once you have done some research and have some idea of how you want to proceed with your Ash tree, I would suggest that you contact a certified Arborist. As always, I am available to answer your questions at 722-5435 or email@example.com. If removal is your chosen option, generally tree companies will give you better rates in the winter (their slow time). If choosing treatment, late spring or early summer are the best times to inject. Trees are moving the most liquid and food internally at those times, so uptake of the chemicals will be the most productive. Emamectin Benzoate is the chemical of choice. A maximum rate treatment protects the Ash tree for two years and is 99% effective. It will kill any larvae in the tree and make it unattractive to the beetles. You will need to consider and plan for continued treatment of your tree over many years in the future. Acting now is the best choice. Emerald Ash Borer is here now! Don’t wait until your dead tree is shedding limbs and immediate action is needed. All of the “tree guys” will be very busy by that time. It will be difficult for them to get your tree into their already overbooked schedule. Thanks for your time, Carl Wisdom Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) confirmed in Johnson County, Kansas
- Adult EAB insects were found in a trap set by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Johnson County, Kans., in the area of I-435 and Holliday Drive, on July 5, 2013.
- Adult EAB insects have been also found in traps set by Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) in Wyandotte County, in the area of the first confirmed sighting in 2012.
- Johnson County is now under quarantine. Wyandotte County is also under quarantine.
Regulated items under quarantine include the following:
- The emerald ash borer, (Agrilus planipennis [Coleoptera: Buprestidae]), in any living stage of development;
- Firewood of all hardwood (non-coniferous) species;
- Nursery stock of the genus Fraxinus (Ash);
- Green lumber of the genus Fraxinus (Ash);
- Other material living, dead, cut, or fallen, including logs, stumps, roots, branches, and composted and uncomposted chips of the genus Fraxinus (Ash);
- Any other article, product, or means of conveyance that an inspector determines presents a risk of spreading emerald ash borer and notifies the person in possession of the article, product, or means of conveyance that it is subject to the restrictions of the regulations
More Information On Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)
- How To Identify an Ash Tree
- Commonly Asked Questions about EAB
- Decision Guide for Treating Ash Trees
- Treatment Options
- Kansas Emerald Ash Borer CSI (updated 7/25/2014)
- Kansas Department of Agriculture: Official Source for Information on Emerald Ash Borer in Kansas
- Emerald Ash Borer is a Threat to Kansas Ash Trees