Canada is taking the fight to the Emerald Ash Borer
What is integrated pest management?
A targeted approach to emerald ash borer
The emerald ash borer has no natural predators in Canada and not even the cold is enough to destroy this tenacious beetle, but hopefully, that is changing. The wasps that are being released by Natural Resources Canada are native to China and do not sting or have an adverse effect on humans or other organisms, but they thrive on emerald ash borer grubs.
Female wasps are drawn to ash trees that are infested with emerald ash borer larvae and as part of their reproductive cycle, the tiny wasps lay 50 to 60 eggs inside the EAB larvae. When the eggs hatch, the wasp larvae survive by feasting on the bodies of their hosts and destroying them from the inside out. Development from egg to larvae to adult wasp takes four weeks. The wasps then fly out, breed, lay more eggs and the cycle repeats itself a number of times throughout the summer. The wasps survive for approximately a month. Over time Natural Resources Canada hopes to continue to breed and grow their wasp population and release them every summer to keep the emerald ash borer under control and hopefully help us save our precious ash trees.
What can you do?
Martin’s Tree Service can assess the situation, make recommendations and safely remove any trees that are infected or have died.