Pulling out all the Stops in the Fight Against EAB
The advantage of the fungus is that it does not kill the emerald ash borer immediately and once infected, the male EAB spreads the fungus to any other beetles that come into contact with it. Modified bait traps attract male emerald ash borer and once they enter the trap, they are exposed to the powdery fungus that clings to them and grows like a white fur on their bodies until it penetrates their exoskeleton and kills them. During tests, 80% of emerald ash borer exposed to the lethal Beauveria bassiana spores died within four days of contamination.
Naturally occurring fungi, which cause disease in certain insects, are an important biological control factor in the fight against the emerald ash borer. Beauveria bassiana has already been used to successfully control agricultural pests and is deadly to all beetles in the same family as the emerald ash borer. Trials in Quebec registered a 40% to 50% infection rate in the emerald ash borer population when exposed to Beauveria bassiana.
What you can do to Prevent the Spread of Emerald Ash Borer
Control of the emerald ash borer is not just the responsibility of the government and local municipalities; everyone needs to play their part in the eradication of this highly destructive beetle in order to save what remains of the Canadian ash population. You need to be vigilant and actively look for signs of emerald ash borer activity on your property. If you suspect you have emerald ash borer on your property, you need to contact a reputable tree services company, like Martin’s Tree Service immediately.
Infected trees will slowly die and eventually topple over, posing a risk to yourself and your property. A professional arborist can help you assess the situation, make recommendations and safely remove any trees that are infected or dying.