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Emerald Ash Borer Beetle

PestS on Trees

Asian emerald ash borer beetles have been given the maximum risk rating to Ash trees in the UK, as they devastate across North America and Russia. 

The main risk to the UK tree species is through the importation of firewood, particularly from Russia, Ukraine and other Baltic countries.

So what does the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle do to Ash trees?

Well the Forestry commission say:

"EAB infestation is usually difficult to detect until the symptoms become severe. Trees show a general yellowing and thinning of foliage, dying branches and crown dieback, typically from the top down. Small trees can be killed in one year, but larger trees can take up to four years to die."

There currently have been no recorded cases of Emerald Ash Borer Beetle infestations in the UK but we must remain extremely vigilant. If you notice that your Ash tree is not looking its best, contact SMW (Tree) Consultancy Ltd by clicking the button below and asking for a health and safety tree survey. We'll be happy to help!

Photo Credit: University of Kentucky