Invasive insect has been identified in county, local community
VERMONT - Emerald ash borers have been detected past existing infested areas. The new detections in Wilmington were discovered by dedicated volunteers from Vermont’s Forest Pest First Detectors program through observations and mid-season inspections of purple prism traps, a tool used to monitor for EAB.
EAB is an invasive pest from Asia that has been threatening the ash tree population throughout the United States since it was first discovered in Michigan in 2002. EAB was first detected in Vermont in 2018 and has been spreading through the state ever since. Through natural spread and human activity, EAB is now found throughout the United States and Canada.
EAB has predominantly targeted green, black, and white ash trees. Depending on the size and health of the tree, it can take an infested tree anywhere from one to four years to die.
Ash mortality from EAB can be prevented by treating ash trees with insecticides. Insecticide treatments can help protect healthy, high-value ash trees. A healthy ash tree can increase property value, improve air and water quality, and provide shade. Trees that are in the infested area should be considered for treatment.
Consult an ISA Certified Arborist with a pesticide applicator license with any questions or concerns.