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Blog Post Title: Emerald Ash Borer in Maine: A Growing Concern for Your Property

As a leading tree care professional, Ground Renovators is dedicated to keeping our clients informed about potential threats to their landscape. One such threat that has been making headlines in Maine is the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), a destructive pest that poses a serious risk to ash trees.

What is Emerald Ash Borer? The Emerald Ash Borer, a metallic green beetle native to Asia, was first detected in Maine in 2018 in Madawaska. Since then, it has been confirmed in several counties, including Androscoggin, Cumberland, Kennebec, and York, among others. The larvae of this beetle feed under the bark of ash trees, disrupting their ability to transport water and nutrients, which can lead to the tree’s death within three to five years.

Why is EAB a Concern for Your Property? Ash trees are a significant part of Maine’s hardwood forest, comprising about 4% of it. The commercial value of Maine’s ash trees is estimated at around $320 million. The presence of EAB not only threatens the ecological balance but also the aesthetic and economic value of properties with ash trees.

Maine’s Efforts and Quarantine Information Maine has implemented various measures to monitor and slow the spread of EAB. These include firewood awareness campaigns, surveys, and the establishment of quarantine areas to regulate the movement of ash and firewood. The current quarantine area, updated as of late 2023, includes parts of several counties.

What Can You Do? It’s crucial to be vigilant and aware of the signs of EAB infestation, such as canopy dieback, D-shaped exit holes, and increased woodpecker activity. It’s also important to adhere to state regulations regarding the movement of firewood and ash materials.

How Ground Renovators Can Help As experts in tree health and pest control, Ground Renovators is equipped to help you manage and protect your ash trees against EAB. We offer inspections, treatment options, and guidance on best management practices. If you are unsure about the health of your ash trees or suspect an EAB infestation, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re here to assist you in safeguarding your landscape and maintaining the health and beauty of your property.

Contact Us Today To learn more about our services or to schedule a consultation, please contact us. Together, we can take proactive steps to protect your trees and property from the Emerald Ash Borer. [“]