The Covid-19 pandemic has forced many people to go into self-quarantine to prevent the spread of the virus, especially if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms. In Tennessee, however, even trees are now being placed in quarantine. Residents have been advised to check for signs of pests in their ash trees and to avoid transporting firewood because of a tree-killing beetle known as the Emerald Ash Borer or EAB. When an EAB infestation occurs, it can kill an ash tree within three years by cutting the tree’s ability to transport nutrients and water. The ash tree then dries out and dies.

To contain the spread of the pests, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture has placed 65 counties under the Tennessee Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine. Under the tree quarantine rules, movement of firewood, ash timber, ash nursery stock, and other wood materials that could spread EAB is prohibited.

How to avoid EAB infestation?

There are different ways to prevent an EAB infestation. According to State Forester David Arnold, firewood is particularly troublesome to spreading the EAB. This is the reason why the department is asking residents not to move or transport firewood even within the state because it’s like giving the pests a free ride to new places to spread into. What many people do not realize is that EAB larvae can actually survive in the bark of the firewood so if the firewood reaches a new destination, the larvae are also transported.

Aside from not moving firewood, residents are also advised to use firewood from local sources near where they are going to burn it or only buy certified heat-treated firewood. For people who have already moved firewood, they should burn all the firewood before leaving the campsite.

Do you have ash trees in your property? If yes, it’s very important to check whether your ash trees are at risk. Here are some things you can do:

Check For Signs Of EAB Infestation

If you have an ash tree near your home or in your property, you have to check for signs of EAB infestation. Some typical signs that your ash tree is suffering from an EAB infestation include D-shaped holes in the bark, thin or yellow foliage, excessive bark damage from woodpeckers looking for larvae, and shoots growing from the roots.

Consult With Tree Care Experts

If you suspect that your ash trees are exhibiting signs of EAB infestation, consulting with tree care professionals is a good next step. At Wysong Tree Service, we can provide expert advice on the proper treatment and care for your trees.

Schedule A Residential Tree Service

Maintaining the beauty and health of the trees around your property is very important. A lot of times, property owners are unaware that their trees are already at risk. By scheduling a residential tree service, you can preserve the natural health and beauty of your trees. In addition to residential tree trimming and pruning, Wysong Tree Service will also evaluate and diagnose the trees in your property to ensure that your trees are always healthy and free from pests.

For affordable residential tree service in Chattanooga TN, call 423-227-2533 or send us a message to schedule an appointment. We offer a 24/7 service for all your emergency needs.