Pesticide Helps To Combat Emerald Ash Borer 3-28-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Pesticide Helps To Combat Emerald Ash Borer 3-28-2011

A Bay County woman is coordinating a new program aimed at saving ash trees from the emerald ash borer.
“Ash trees, when they die, become very dangerous, very quickly,” said Alicia Wallace, coordinator of the Bay County Gypsy Moth Suppression Program. “Because unlike an elm tree and oak tree that dies, when ashes die, they become brittle and start falling apart, so large branches will fall off the tree.”
The emerald ash borer is about the size of a penny, but don't underestimate this little beetle. It can damage and eventually kill large North American ash trees.
But Bay Country has a way of fighting back with a new program that includes injecting trees with insecticides. This program could potentially save thousands of trees.
“It's a product that when you put it into the ash trees, it kills all life stages of the ash borer,” said Wallace. “It kills the babies; it kills the adults. It’s very effective and it will protect our trees.”
But it's also costly, at $250,000 to $350,000 per year, money coming from the gypsy moth suppression millage. The treatments to keep the trees safe at Veterans Memorial Park should be complete by June 15.
“It's a great tree and they add a lot of value to our community, so it’s important that we take care of them,” said Wallace.
Residents of Bay County can call Wallace at 989-895-4195 for free inspections to determine if an ash tree is infested with emerald ash borers.
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