Thursday, August 20, 2015

Emerald Ash Borer Monitoring

The Emerald Ash Borer is a beetle that attacks and destroys ash trees. It is moving closer and closer to Maine, and foresters and entomologists with the Maine Forest Service are worried.
They have begun monitoring ash trees to see if the beetles are present. Thus far, no beetles have been found, but it is just a matter of time.
While driving the dogs to the vet, in Topsham, Drew spied an ash tree that was girdled. There was a sign attached to it. Upon investigation, he found that the tree is being monitored for the Emerald Ash Borer.  The tree is girdled to stress it so that it will attract the emerald ash borer beetle, if it is present in the area. Check out the Portland Press Herald article to learn more about this invasive insect.