What Fort Collins, CO Residents Need to Know about the Emerald Ash Borer
The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an insect that tunnels deep inside ash trees & lays eggs. When the eggs hatch, the Emerald Ash Borer larvae eat their way through your ash trees as they grow into adults. They are roughly the size of a penny and have a bright green color when they are fully-grown.
Do I need to treat my Fort Collins, CO trees now?
No, the Emerald Ash Borer has not yet arrived in Fort Collins, & it could be a year or more before it does. They are currently ONLY in Boulder County & the greater areas. EAB was 1st detected throughout Boulder County in 2013, & to date has caused severe damage. The insects are predicted to migrate South toward Denver in the near future.
It is in your best interest as a northern Colorado home owner to show a little concern. The Emerald Ash Borer will appear at some point, so it is beneficial to be aware of this pest; however, you DO NOT need to immediately treat the ash trees on your property. Some tree companies may try to upsell by intimidating you into spraying your trees for EAB now, before it is actually necessary.
Currently treatment in Fort Collins is not required until EAB gets within a 15-mile radius of your property. Lawn Doctor of Fort Collins will be on YELLOW ALERT when the borers are detected in Berthoud, CO, & on RED ALERT when the pests are reported in Loveland, CO.
Get Updates about the migratory patterns of the Emerald Ash Borer in Colorado by downloading the EAB/Ash Tree ID App to your mobile device.
How Can I Protect My Ash Trees in Fort Collins, CO?
A resilient tree is a healthy tree. Our best advice to protect your trees & shrubs is to make sure they are thriving and healthy today, before the Emerald Ash Borer arrives in Fort Collins.
You should ensure your trees & shrubs have proper nutrients & hydration. Lawn Doctor of Fort Collins offers Deep Root Feeding/Fertilization & Deep Root Watering programs, an excellent addition to your maintainer routine.
Any existing diseases or infestations can also weaken your trees & shrubs, causing them to be susceptible to the Emerald Ash Borer once it arrives in Fort Collins. We offer numerous Systemic & Spray Treatments throughout the season to combat these issues.
If your trees and shrubs aren't in their healthiest state today, our certified local arborists can evaluate, treat, and help them recover. This way your property will be as ready as possible to withstand an invasion from the Emerald Ash Borer in Fort Collins, CO.
I Thought I Was Already Treating for Ash Borers?
Many Fort Collins residents are currently treating their trees for the Ash/Lilac Borer. Treatment for the Emerald Ash Borer is NOT the same treatment used to control the Ash/Lilac Borer.
The Ash/Lilac Borer is yellow with clear wings, & reproduces larva in a manner similar to the Emerald Ash Borer.
If you have ash or lilacs in your landscape, especially young or new plantings, this is one of the most destructive insects you currently need to watch for. Many of our customers are currently treating for this pest.
Lawn Doctor of Fort Collins offers customized control plans for the Ash/Lilac Borer. Preventative applications in April & May are the ONLY window for control along the Front Range. If/When signs of the Emerald Ash Borer appear in Loveland, CO, you will need to treat them as well.
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