What Fort Collins, CO Residents Need to Know about the Emerald Ash Borer

The Emerald Ash Borer is an insect that digs deep inside ash trees and lays eggs. When the eggs hatch, the Emerald Ash Borer larvae eat their way throughout 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. Emerald Ash Borers have been recently detected throughout Boulder County, and they have caused severe damage to many ash trees around the city and county of Boulder.

Lawn Doctor of Fort Collins, CO takes the Emerald Ash Borer issue seriously, we want our customers to understand that they have not yet arrived in the Greater Fort Collins area.

Should I be worried about my Trees?

Our answer is yes and no:

  • No, the Emerald Ash Borer has not yet arrived in Fort Collins, CO, and it could take a few years before it arrives. They are currently only in Boulder county and the greater areas, and they are predicted to head south toward Denver in the near future.
  • Yes, it is in your best interest as a Fort Collins, CO home owner to show a little concern. The Emerald Ash Borer will most likely show up in our greater area 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 until the pests get near a 15-mile radius of your property. Currently treatment is not required.

Do I need to treat my Fort Collins, CO trees now?

Not immediately. Treating your Fort Collins, CO trees today isn’t recommended. Some Fort Collins, CO tree companies may try to upsell by intimidating you to spraying your trees now, before it is actually necessary. According to Colorado State University, spraying your trees in Fort Collins, CO at this time is not the best plan of action. If this changes, you can count on Lawn Doctor of Fort Collins, CO to keep you up in the loop. Despite our advisory to hold off on Emerald Ash Borer treatment, We have several options you can do to ensure your Fort Collins, CO trees are as prepared  and healthy as possible for when the Emerald Ash Borers do get here.

I Thought I Was Already Treating for Ash Borers?

Many residents throughout Fort Collins are currently treating their trees for the Lilac Ash Borer. The Lilac ash borer is yellow, and reproduces larva in a very similar manner to the Emerald Ash Borer; however, the Lilac Ash Borer is current in Fort Collins, CO today, and it survives on a several different plants & Trees. Lawn Doctor of Fort Collins, CO currently has control plans for the Lilac Ash Borer for many of our customers, and you are likely already treating for this pest. The Emerald Ash Borer treatment in Fort Collins, CO is not the exact same though, so if signs of the Emerald Ash Borer do show up on your property, you will need to treat for them as well.

How Can Protect My Ash Trees in Fort Collins, CO?

A resilient tree is a healthy tree. Our best advice for you is to protect your property trees and shrubs on is to make sure they are thriving and healthy today, before the Emerald Ash Borer arrives in Fort Collins, CO.


You should ensure your trees and shrubs have proper hydration & nutrients. Lawn Doctor offers deep root watering  & feeding programs, these are an excellent addition to your spring maintainer routine. Any existing diseases and infestations can also weaken your Fort Collins, CO trees and shrubs, causing them to be susceptible to the Emerald Ash Borer once it arrives in Fort Collins. If your trees and Shrubs aren't in their healthiest state today, our certified local Fort Collins, CO arborists can evaluate, treat, and help them recover their condition. This way your property will be as ready as possible to withstand an invasion from the Emerald Ash Borer in Fort Collins, CO.

Call 970-221-0441 schedule your FREE on-site lawn & tree evaluation today.

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