Emerald Ash Borer in Peterborough a matter of time

Emerald Ash Borer image from CFIA

The Emerald Ash Borer, a destructive beetle killing ash trees in Ontario, Quebec, and throughout the U.S. (source: www.inspection.gc.ca)

If you were an ash tree in Ontario, you would likely believe that the Mayan calendar indeed ends in disaster. For you, the end of the world as you know it is coming, and your visiting angel of Death is the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).

According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, EAB has killed millions of ash trees in Ontario and many parts of the United States. It poses a major economic and environmental threat to urban and forested areas. Since entering Canada in 2002, it has affected areas along the 401 corridor from Windsor to the GTA, up the Bruce County, in areas from Montreal to Ottawa, and now Frontenac. While EAB is not yet in Peterborough, unfortunately it’s just a matter of time.

According to Treescape’s Senior Consulting Arborist, Paul Hambidge, “Peterborough and the Kawarthas is the gap in the middle of the affected regions. The emerald ash borer will definitely come here, it’s just a question of time before we find it.”

To learn more about the emerald ash borer in the Peterborough area and how the biopesticide, TreeAzin—developed by the Canadian Forest Service and BioForest Technologies Inc.—is being used as a proactive treatment for your ash trees, we put together this short educational video. Through preventative tree care offered by Treescape Certified Arborists, it might not be the end of the world for your ash trees after all.

If you have any questions or concerns about emerald ash borer, please drop us a line and read our emerald ash borer page for more info.

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