Here in Colorado, when it comes to pests that devastate our trees, we think of the mountain pine beetle, which has destroyed huge portions of our pine tree-laden mountain landscape, leaving the trees to be fuel for forest fires. The vast majority of Colorado natives thought the MPB was the most devastating pest that could ever rummage the Colorado area.
The pest that could do more damage is called the emerald ash borer. EAB was confirmed to be in Colorado in September of 2013.
The emerald ash borer is native to Asia but made it to the USA and Canada because of global trade. In 2002 the Emerald Ash Borer was found in Michigan and Canada where it quickly spread to neighboring states. The emerald ash borer has traveled west into Missouri with a few traces of the pest unofficially found as far as Kansas. It is unlikely we will be able to keep the emerald ash borer out of Colorado.
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The emerald ash borer is a boring beetle that is guilty of the destruction of millions of ash trees every year. This pest is so invasive that it could force nurseries to stop selling ash trees all together. It can kill ash trees of any size, age or health. With an estimate of one and five urban trees being an ash tree, EAB poses a real threat to our urban forests.
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The incoming infestation has created a demand for a product that will be able to save trees from the impending onslaught. The company that has taken on this is ArborJet. The formulation they created is called TREE-age (pronounced triage) and with a simple injection, can protect your ash tree for two full years.
The solution is injected, with a syringe, straight into the trees vascular tissue allowing for rapid distribution and consistent results. The product has been selling in the states with extreme EAB problems, saving thousands of high profile trees yearly.
When the emerald ash borer reaches Colorado there will be only two options. One option will be to allow your ash tree to succumb and pay for an expensive tree removal. The second option will be an injection of TREE-age to protect the ash tree. The cost will be $200 to $600 per tree though so budgeting will be important.