Missouri Ash Trees in Jeopardy
If you haven't heard of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), please educate yourself (links below).
It's only a matter of time. It was discovered in Missoui on July 23, 2008 in Wayne county.
In Missouri, if you suspect you may have EAB in your ash trees, call the toll-free EAB Hotline: 1-866-716-9974, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, fill in the form at the Missouri Department of Conservation, or contact Collin Wamsley, State Entomologist, Missouri Department of Agriculture, 573-751-5505.
Close up of Emerald Ash Borer
Actual Size of Adult Emerald Ash Borer on a Penny
Adult Emerald Ash Borer Measured Against Ruler
Emerald Ash Borer Larvae
Emerald Ash Borer Larvae "D" Shaped Exit Hole
The adults emerge through the tree in distinctive and unique 1/8 inch D - shaped exit holes (other beetle leave round or oval exit holes).
Emerald Ash Borer Tunnel Damage
The larvae the burrow below the bark and begin feeding on the outer most ring of the tree (the cambium and phloem) which distributes the trees nutrients and water to the top and bottom of the tree. The S - shaped tunnels (or galleries) made by the larvae destroys the outer ring and the tree essentially starves.
Ash Tree Leaves
Sourcer for EAB Information:
Missouri Department of Conservation Video Pubic Service Announcements
Comprehensive Information on the Emerald Ash Borer including Migration Maps
University of Missouri Plant Management Network Journal