City of Lexington, Virginia
Lexington Public Works (540) 463-3154
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 17th, 2017
Emerald Ash Borer has arrived in Lexington
It has been confirmed that Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an exotic beetle, has begun its infestation of Lexington, leaving all untreated ash trees with zero chance of survival. As an adult, the beetle is hardly harmful. It is the larvae that burrow and feed on the inner bark of ash trees, vitally disrupting access to water and nutrients. By the time a tree begins to manifest symptoms, it is too late. While there are several preventative treatment options, they all need to be administered by a licensed professional. There is no home treatment option available at this time.
The EAB was first discovered on U.S. soil in Detroit, Michigan in 2002, and the infestation has spread quickly, now affecting all of Virginia’s bordering states and much of Virginia itself. Virginia is one of over 25 states within Federal EAB quarantine boundary.
What to look for: Trees will start to lose leaves rapidly (in patches or overall) and the foliage may start to turn color early in the season. Look for increased wood pecker activity and patches of bark missing or loose from the tree (typically in the upper limbs). There will also be very small, distinctly ‘D’ shaped exit holes in the trunk or limbs. The patches will appear blond in comparison to the rest of the tree color.
It is important to remove all infested trees as quickly as possible. Ideally they should be chipped or used on site for firewood.
For further information & education please visit the Emerald Ash Borer Information Network at www.emeraldashborer.info
Our native Fringe Tree is also at risk and should be considered for treatment.
City residents with questions about the insect, diagnosis, or treatment are encouraged to contact the City Arborist Jennifer Hughes at the Public Works Department at 540-463-3154 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your constant observation is greatly appreciated.