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Residents Urged to Stay On Alert for Emerald Ash Borer

Village officials said the emerald ash borer made their way into trees on the outskirts of Bolingbrook in 2011, causing several trees to be cut down.

Bolingbrook has proven not to be immune to the plight of the emerald ash borer.

During last week’s State of the Village address, Mayor Roger Claar told the nearly 700 people in attendance the insects made their way into trees on the outskirts of Bolingbrook in 2011.

The village has about 40,000 ash trees, with 13,000 in the public right-of-ways, Claar said.

“When you see (the ash borers), you have to take the tree down,” he said. “It’s a serious problem. If it continues (to spread), the cost of cutting those trees will be horrendous.”

According to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, the emerald ash borer is a small, metallic green pest whose larvae feeds under the bark of ash trees, cutting off nutrient flow essential for a healthy tree. It has been found in several states from the east coast to the midwest, and in June 2006 it was discovered in a residential neighborhood in Kane County.

Michael Drey, Bolingbrook’s director of public works, said village officials have already taken a few trees down.

“It’s not what you would call an epidemic yet,” he said. “It certainly is as you come from Ohio and Michigan and other cities.”

Residents can call the village to detect and diagnose infestations of the ash borer.

“The village forester is certainly willing to look at their trees,” Drey said.

In the meantime, Claar is urging residents not to move firewood, which officials said causes the spread of the ash borer.

“Burn it, don’t carry it around,” he said. “The wood will transport these things.”

N/A January 23, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Thanks, Peteee.
Erin Sauder January 23, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Thanks peteee363! I checked with Michael Drey, Bolingbrook’s director of public works, and he said there are links on the village's website with information on chemical treatment for ash borer, under the Public Works tab. He also mentioned the treatments can be expensive and need to be done repetitively.
qrtrbrn January 23, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Follow the link below to read about Insecticide Options for Protecting Ash Trees from Emerald Ash Borer http://www.emeraldashborer.info/files/Multistate_EAB_Insecticide_Fact_Sheet.pdf You do not HAVE TO cut them all down!
qrtrbrn January 23, 2012 at 05:57 PM
The ky word is P R O T E C T (not CURE). If you treat when they are 50% infested you are saving a half dead tree. I don't need any half dead trees in my yard or along my city's streets. peteee is correct, trees with significant damage from EAB are not good candidates for treatment and not all the damage is visible so treat before you see any damage is my suggestion. For trees 4" diameter plus consider the trunk injected insecticide Tree Age. One injection has shown 99% control for at least 2 years, maybe three......has to be applied by a professional. Many municipalities are working insecticides into their response to EAB......by using Tree Age they don't need to treat every tree they are working on every year.
Kris January 23, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Contact Marcus Parker with Davey Tree. Davey Tree is one of the leading companies handling the EAB. The crews that handle Bolingbrook are excellent! 630-323-7220

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