Signs of EAB in a Tree
The delicate tissue which transfers water and nutrients throughout the tree is disrupted and damaged, and the tree suffers greatly. The leaves which need the water and nutrition to remain healthy begin to wilt and die. Therefore, the single most obvious indication of EAB infestation is canopy thinning, which will eventually lead to branches dying completely and falling from the tree. You’ll also find split bark, D-shaped exit holes, unusual branch sprouting, and more significantly, woodpecker marks.
What Role Do Birds Play?
Studies have shown that in any given forest, woodpeckers will spend more time working on ash trees because of this. Remarkably, EAB-eating birds will also identify trees which are in the poorest state of health and begin there: the greater the decline in the tree, the more beetles there are likely to be.
Can Birds Really Help Control EAB?
That being said, up to 85% fewer adult emerald ash borers will leave that infested tree in search of a new one. Although the current tree hasn’t been saved, fewer pests are able to leave the tree and infest new trees in the surrounding area. These birds may not be able to save the trees, but it seems that they can finally provide a control measure in the battle against these notorious pests.
If you suspect that your tree is infested, call one of our expert technicians at Martin’s Tree Services straight away. The sooner we identify an EAB infestation, the quicker we can help to remove it. Our full protection plan will inspect, assess and treat your tree before the damage becomes too great to repair. Even if it isn’t the suspected EAB infestation, we’ll still be able to diagnose the problem and improve the health of your tree.