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Emerald Ash Borer – What is it?

The emerald ash borer has originated from Asia and Eastern Russia. This is a green colored insect, and the scientific name of this beetle is Agrilus Planipennis. Their nature is extremely destructive to ash trees. This variety of insect was found in America in the year 2002, during ash wood transportation to Michigan.

Emerald ash borer

Emerald ash borer

The life duration of Emerald ash borer:

The maximum life circle of this insect is two years, and it depends on the egg character, the durability and strength of the tree and the atmospheric temperature and weather situations.

Emerald ash borer

Emerald ash borer

Some descriptions of various stages of Emerald ash borer:

  • Adults: in this juncture, the beetle looks dark green, and its shape is like a bullet. The maximum length of this insect is 8.5 millimeters long and 1.6 millimeters wide. The body shape is long with a flat shaped head and black eyes. It will start to accommodate itself in the tree from the 50 degrees Fahrenheit temperature. After that, it starts eating the leaves throughout its life and during this time it begins its mating after one week and the female insect starts giving the eggs in every two and three weeks. A female Emerald ash borer can lay up to 100 eggs in her life, and it is tested and proved that more the 55% of their eggs are fertile a female insect. It has been found that the primary mating time of this bug is the warm and sunny weather.
  • Eggs: the female insect will secrete maximum 100 eggs in their life, and they are likely to dispose of the eggs in the dark portion of the trees or major branches. The size of an egg is maximum 1.0mm long and 0.6mm wide the color of this egg is a shade of white and this egg will start to become fertile after two or three days, and the amber will come out.
Emerald ash borer tree

Emerald ash borer tree

What is the harmful effect on the trees, caused by this insect?

When the Emerald ash borer is in the larval stage, it will destroy the trees very harshly. The larvae are mainly placed on the leaf’s tissue, and they destroy it, and because of it the water circulation system from the roots of the tree will suddenly be stopped, and the tree will die. In the winter, the larvae will be re-situated in the dark portion of the tree and begin to cut the tree’s tissue very effectively. In both cases, the tree will die in every year due to the effect of this insect.

Emerald ash borer on tree

Emerald ash borer on tree

Prevention of the growth of this insect: how to protect the ash tree from this insect?

Protection of the ash tree from Emerald ash borer is vital, and the only suitable process is spraying insecticide medicine on the tree so that it can protect the tree up to one or two years. The other option is to inject the drug into the soil surrounding the roots of the tree so that this medicine will go through the veins of the tree and it will help to kill this insect. Apart from this, the medicine spray can be used directly to the dark portion of the tree, leaves, and the major branches to kill this insect and larva instantly.

Emerald Ash Borer pictures

Emerald ash borer Larva

Emerald Ash Borer Larva

Emerald ash borer life cycle

Emerald ash borer life cycle

How to save trees from Emerald ash borer

How to save trees from Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald ash borer Trunk

Emerald ash borer Trunk

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