Bucks County Under Attack: Emerald Ash Borer Here & Now!

Emerald Ash Borer Bucks County PAThe Emerald Ash Borer has cut a path of destruction from Michigan to Pennsylvania over the last 13 years.

We’ve dealt with this flying pest throughout Bucks and Montgomery counties since 2012, when EABs were spotted in Warrington.

Fast-forward to July of 2015 and Emerald Ash Borers are still plaguing Warrington. Recently, Peter Benz Landscaping was at Westminster Apartments and Meadowood Condominiums at Street and Valley roads, where EAB had infested every ash tree we could spot.

These were trees that had green leaves last year. Now they were dead, hanging over cars in the parking lot and the westbound lane of Street Road. (You can see more photos of this infestation at work at the bottom of this post.)

Bucks County’s Emerald Ash Borer problem becomes more significant when you realize that ashes make up nearly 30 percent of all our local trees.

How EAB Infestations in Bucks County PA Work

Emerald Ash Borers are a type of beetle native to eastern Russia, northern China, Korea and Japan. An infestation begins when an adult EAB lays its eggs in an ash tree, and its larvae eat the xylem – also known as growth rings — inside the tree.

That cycle continues, with the larvae growing and laying eggs of their own, the new larvae eating more and more of the xylem, and the tree slowly dying as less water reaches its leaves. Sometimes it takes three years for symptoms of decline to appear.

By the time an EAB infestation is apparent, the top 25 to 30 percent of your tree will need to removed. If left untreated, an infestation will kill your tree, but with the right treatment, the tree can be rescued and protected against future attacks.

If your ash trees are under attack, contact Peter Benz Landscaping. We’ll evaluate your property to determine which trees can be saved and which ones can be removed. An EAB infestation can wreak havoc on your Bucks County home, but you don’t have to fight it yourself.

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