Emerald Ash Borer – Information & Resources

Poughkeepsie Ash Tree Program

This project has been funded in part by a grant from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund
through the Hudson River Estuary Program of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Emerald Ash Borer

The emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle from Asia, is firmly established among the ash trees of the City of Poughkeepsie. The map below was created by the Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns using revised data from The City of Poughkeepsie Shade Tree Commission’s 2006 Street Tree Survey. Trees are classified as EAB-infested, Symptomatic of EAB, or Asymptomatic. More than half of all ash trees in the City display symptoms of EAB infestation, while about 9% show definitive signs of EAB colonization. Click on points to find out more information about the individual trees in your area.

Interactive Map:

 

Images:

 
The emerald ash borer
David Cappaert, Michigan State University, Bugwood.org
Above: Adult EAB
Below: EAB Larva
David Cappaert, Michigan State University, Bugwood.org
   
S-shaped larval galleries and D-shaped hole at lower right
The Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns
D-shaped exit holes and vertical bark splitting
The Environmental Cooperative at Vassar Barns

Additional Resources:

EAB Invasion

Emerald Ash Borer in North America: A Research and Regulatory Challenge

Emerald Ash Borer was discovered in the United States in 2002 after arriving in packing materials from Asia. This document outlines the history of EAB invasion as well as information on the beetle itself and its potential impacts on North American ash populations, as well as the challenges associated with its management.

What to Look For

Ash Tree Identification Guide

The City of Poughkeepsie is home to almost 400 ash trees. Before we can look out for further signs of EAB infestation, we have to know how to identify ash trees themselves! Click this link for ash tree ID tips.

Identifying EAB

Emerald ash borers are tiny yet very distinct insects. If you want to know what to look out for, or you think you’ve spotted one and want to verify your ID, check out this resource from the New York Invasive Species Information website.

A Visual Guide to Detecting Emerald Ash Borer Damage

We usually see the evidence left behind by EAB rather than the beetle itself. There are several unmistakable signs of EAB infestation on ash trees. Learn to recognize them with this helpful document, and please report signs of insect damage when observed.

Insecticide Treatments

Insecticide Options for Protecting Trees from Emerald Ash Borer

If an ash tree still appears healthy in the midst of an EAB infestation, there may still be time to protect it from insect damage using insecticides. Refer to this guide for information about the various types of available insecticide treatments.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Potential Side Effects of Systemic Insecticides Used to Control Emerald Ash Borer 

Unfortunately, some insecticides may have undue effects on non-target organisms, such as pollinators or birds. This document answers some of the most common questions about the risks of insecticides used for EAB treatment.

Your Ash Tree

Is My Ash Tree Worth Treating for Emerald Ash Borer?

Maybe you have an ash tree on your property, which is up to you to treat (or not). Click this link to learn about how, when, and why to treat your ash.

My Ash Tree is Dead… Now What Do I Do?

Did the ash on your property die? Here are the next steps you can take for its removal, as well as some suggestions for ash lumber uses.

Ash Wood Regulations and Quarantines

NYS DEC: EAB Regulations and Quarantines

Refer to this document to learn about the Department of Environmental Conservation’s regulations for moving ash wood, and how these regulations and quarantines will affect you.