Emerald Ash Borer
Findings in Minnesota
As you no-doubt are aware, there has been confirmed findings of emerald ash borer (EAB) in Minnesota. The initial detection was in 3 different ash trees on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 in St. Paul (slightly East of 280 and slightly North of I-94). Additional findings have been made all over Minnesota including in White Bear Lake around Buerkle Road.
What is Emerald Ash Borer?
The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an invasive beetle from Asia that was discovered in the United States in 2002 near Detroit, Michigan. EAB is an insect that attacks and kills ash trees. It is spread through transported firewood. The adults are small, iridescent green beetles that live outside of trees during the summer months. EAB larvae are grub or worm-like and live underneath the bark of ash trees. Trees are killed by the tunneling of the larvae under the tree's bark. In areas where EAB has become established, ash tree mortality rates approach 100%. Insecticide treatments are available that can in some situations protect individual trees from EAB attack.
The Township develop a policy to provide treatment and replacement guidelines. By implementing the provisions of this EAB management plan, the Township will take a proactive approach, which will enable the Township to address piublic and private needs in an efficient and effective manner.
The decision to treat, remove, or retain a private tree rests with the property owner. Homeowners can use any tree contractor that is licensed in the Township.
Arrest the Pest Hotline
Residents should learn about this threat to our ash trees and be on the lookout for infested trees. If you suspect a possible EAB infestation, call the MDA "Arrest the Pest Hotline" at 651-201-6684 Metro Area, or 888-545-6684 Greater Minnesota or Email Arrest the Pest.