Important Information Regarding The Emerald Ash Borer
City of Lyndhurst Discovers the Presence of Emerald Ash Borer
Released: 10/6/2011
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Emerald Ash Borer
The City of Lyndhurst has discovered the presence of the highly destructive insect known as the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). The Emerald Ash Borer is a small, metallic green, non-native invasive pest whose larvae feast on the trunks of ash trees, ultimately disrupting their ability to transport nutrients and causing the tree's eventual decline and death. The EAB infestation in Lyndhurst was discovered on Irene Road in July by the Service Department.
 
The EAB was first discovered in North America in 2002 in the Detroit and Ontario areas. It is unclear how the pests arrived, but they most likely arrived with ship cargo. Since their arrival, the pests have spread to many states and tens of millions of ash trees have been lost.
 
The City has been preparing for the eventual arrival of the EAB by formulating an EAB readiness plan. In preparation for the Emerald Ash Borer's arrival, the City has inventoried trees in our neighborhoods and other public property. During this inventory, it was found that ash trees make up approximately 15% of the City's treelawn trees, so this infestation could be devastating to our community's tree population. Right now, the City is working to monitor the progression of the infestation, manage the public ash tree population, and educate our residents as to their options regarding their privately owned ash trees. Lyndhurst discontinued planting ash trees in public right of ways in 2006 and ash trees are not permitted in any new developments.
 
Since it was previously thought that the ash tree was a very hardy, easy to care for species, many neighborhoods host large populations of the trees and these neighborhoods will see dramatic changes in their landscape over the next few years.
 
Residents concerned about their privately owned ash trees can check for the following symptoms, since these symptoms are usually apparent before the bugs are spotted: canopy/crown dieback, 1/8" D-shaped exit holes on trunk or branches, and irregular branching with suckers sprouting at the back of the trunk. At this time we advise all home owners to check their property for ash trees. These trees should be monitored closely for EAB. Information and description of the Emerald Ash Borer can be found on our website http://www.lyndhurst-oh.com/EAB or http://ashalert.osu.edu/. Residents should contact an arborist or tree company with questions or for confirmation of suspected EAB.


Information provided by:
The City of Lyndhurst, Ohio @ www.lyndhurst-oh.com

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