Saturday, July 24, 2010

Emerald Ash Borer

2. larva
3. Bark Spilt
4. Crown die back
5. Emerald Ash Borer

For those of you that have noticed a number of purple boxes hanging from trees in the area, this is one of the pests they are looking for,the Emerald Ash Borer.
The Ash borer was first located in Michigan in 2002 and was located last week in the town of Bath, NY.
The concern is that once the ash borer builds up its numbers it will spread more rapidly through the contiguous forests of ash in NY and Pa then it did in Michigan where the trees are broken up by farm fields.
The pest often tags along on firewood from campers bringing it from infested areas.
Locally, the bat factory in Galeton uses ash to produce its bats and would stand the most to loose from the loss of ash in the area. If you think you see one of these pest you should let the DNCR know and keep the pest in and closed container. Kill any you see.
Well today is my birthday and we are planning a trip down to the Penn Caves. It is supposed to be a hot day so the cool temps of the cave will be a welcome relief. Mountain girl, Paula, logging out.

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