Since the first discovery of the invasive Emerald Ash Borer beetle in 2009 in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood of St. Paul to it latest discovery in Lebanon Hills Park in Eagan in December 2014, one thing is for sure; Emerald Ash borer is in the Twin Cities, it’s spreading, and it’s here to stay.
The question on everyone’s mind is: what are we going to do about it?
Different cities across the Metro are taking slightly different approaches in their Emerald Ash Borer Treatment and home owners are left wondering what is the best approach in dealing with the devastating and invasive pest.
For example, the City of St. Paul has implemented a Emerald Ash Borer strategy of “structured removal.” Structured removal involves the cutting down of declining or infested Ash trees. While this is the strategy of the city, private home owners have the option of treating their trees with insecticides. If a home owner elects to go with treatment instead of removal, proof that their tree has been treated against Emerald Ash Borer must be submitted to the city. The City of Minneapolis is also moving in the direction of removing Ash trees while offering home owners who desire, to pursue Emerald Ash Borer treatment with various insecticides, a cost the home owner must pay for. St. Paul and Minneapolis seem to have the mind set that the Emerald Ash Borer beetle can’t be beat and are electing to remove rather than to treat their various Ash trees. This is a strategy that is not popular with residents, but one that city officials believe will be the most cost effective approach.
On the other hand the City of Burnsville has revised it’s Emerald Ash Borer strategy. Initially Burnsville city officials outlined a plan in 2010 that focused on cutting down and replacing their Ash Trees. However, due to increased evidence showing insecticide treatment can save Ash trees, along with the cost comparison between treatment vs replacement and removal, the City of Burnsville is now focusing on preserving it’s natural urban forest. The city is so convinced that Emerald Ash Borer treatment is the best approach, city officials are now encouraging its residents to consider insecticide treatment rather than moving to cut down their trees immediately.
As you can see their does not seem to be a general consensus on how to handle and deal with the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle. Some feel it’s a losing battle and one not worth fighting, while others believe that an effective Emerald Ash Borer treatment strategy can prove to be the best response. I am of the opinion that the Twin Cities can win the war against the Emerald Ash Borer beetle and we don’t have to alter our landscape in doing it.
The key to winning this war is simple: education and awareness. Knowing what the Emerald Ash Borer beetle is and how it affects your tree is crucial in our fight against this pest. Contact Sweet Leaf Tree Service today to set up a consultation and to design and Emerald Ash Borer treatment strategy that best fits your needs.