During the summer months, central Indiana school properties are busy with construction and maintenance projects. When the kids are on vacation is the perfect time to do some of the bigger projects. Driving around central Indiana, you are certain to see new construction, roofing, parking lot repair, and cutting down trees. Yes -- several area schools have lost trees to the pesky Emerald Ash Borer. And school properties aren't the only places this pest is causing destruction. Homeowner assocations, property managers, and everyday homeowners are faced with the struggle to protect their ash trees from infestation, treat them once it has set in, or lose them when it's too late.
The Emerald Ash Borer was first confirmed in Indiana on April 21, 2004. Millions of ash trees stand dead throughout Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana. Ever since its accidental introduction in the United States and Canada in the 1990's, the invasive Emerald Ash Borer has killed 50 to 100 million ash trees and threatens over 7 billion trees throughout North America. This pesky beetle only attacks ash trees. The beetles are metallic green with purple segments under their wings, about ½" long, and have flattened backs.