EAB is not a "business as usual" tree pest. It kills quickly and thoroughly.
With the arrival of EAB and its potential threat to ash trees, the goal of any urban forest is to achieve tree genera diversity; no one genus should compose more than 20 percent of the total urban forest population. Tree diversity should be planned into both public and private landscapes.
When Dutch elm disease devastated the urban forests years ago, ash was often the replacement tree because of its rapid canopy growth. Unfortunately tree diversity was not practiced during Dutch elm disease urban forest replanting.
Three easy ways to slow its spread:
- Don’t move firewood
EAB travels in firewood. The easiest way to keep it from spreading is to avoid buying “exotic” firewood and/or moving it from place to place. What is exotic firewood? Any stick of wood that comes from more than 50 miles from the place it was cut. If you burn firewood in your home stove or use it for camping, cut and burn your own or make sure the wood you buy comes from a local forest. To find out how easy it is to slow the spread of EAB check out Don't move pests video, dontmovefirewood.org.
- Don't plant ash trees
EAB feeds exclusively on ash trees. If you deprive them of food, they can't survive. Choose from any number of other suitable hardwoods for shade, habitat and timber. See Missouri Department of Conservation's Missouri Urban Trees PDF.
- Learn to identify infestations
Many factors can stress ash trees and lots of little green bugs look like EAB. Please try to make sure you've discovered EAB before you call. Then call 866-716-9974. See Signs and symptoms of the emerald ash borer, Michigan State University PDF.