What there is to know about Emerald Ash Borer


By now you have probably heard of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), but we are going to summarize some key things to keep an eye out for!

  • It is nearly impossible to detect the beetles from the ground because they first infect the tree's crown.
  • Ash trees are street trees found in communities throughout NJ - to identify a tree as ash, it has a compound leaf with five, seven, nine or 11 leaflets.
  • The lifespan of an infected tree is 3-4 years.
  • The option to not remove an ash tree is limited to wooded areas, where the tree may not cause harm.  Unless the tree is in a wooden area, it should be removed.
  • Municipalities should have already triaged ash trees and determined a plan to remove.
  • It is best to utilize the ash wood locally - some municipalities can help with recycling options

The below graphic is from January 3, 2018 showing the Emerald Ash Borer Detections in New Jersey