Experts: Get ash trees checked now


Dozens of ash trees at a local state park are coming down after being infested by a tiny enemy: emerald ash borers. Officials are warning your ash trees could be next.

The little bugs have been infecting our area for about four years now and experts say if you don’t act soon, things could get dangerous.

Of the 30 ash trees on Rachel Fry’s farm in Chambersburg, she’s told all are infested with the emerald ash borer.

“If the top part of the tree is dead, that’s an indicator you have emerald ash borer,” said Jamey Schwartz, the plant healthcare manager at Cumberland Valley Tree Service. “We find bark on the ground. That’s actually woodpeckers going after the larvae inside.”

Schwartz was able to find one on Rachel’s property that is still treatable.

“You have a residual chemical in the tree for two years,” he said.

Schwartz says the time is now to call an arborist to get your ash trees checked. The tiny bug from Asia made its way to our area four years ago and has been slowly killing our ash population ever since.

“Every ash tree will die unless it’s treated,” Schwartz said.

It’s a danger to anyone nearby.

“You’re going to start getting large limbs breaking out of the tree,” Schwartz said, “so basically, they become hazardous trees.”

Experts say 99 percent of our ash trees are dying and only about five percent are treated. It’s a quick, couple hundred dollar procedure to avoid chopping down memories.

“I just remember when our son was young, we did leaf collections and we had so many ash trees here,” Fry said.

Experts say the most important thing is to get your trees checked now, so we can save some of them and push the ash borer out of our area.Get breaking news, weather and traffic on the go. Download our News App and our Weather App for your phone and tablet.

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