There are aliens amongst us!
The Greene County Extension Service and the Xenia Tree Committee have joined together to provide information to the public on late-year Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) treatment and decision making and also provide information on the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) in Ohio.
Presenters include Thais Reiff, OSU Certified EAB Specialist and Greene County Master Gardener and David Renz, Plant Protection and Quarantine Officer with the US Department of Agriculture, Animal, and Plant Health Inspection Service (AAPHIS).
The event will be held 6:30-7:30 pm, Monday, September 30th in the Fireside Room of the Xenia Nazarene Church, 1204 W. 2nd St., Xenia OH 45385.
Both of these pests were imported from other countries. The EAB discovered in Ohio in 2003 is known to be in 70 of Ohio’s 88 counties. The EAB kills ash trees within 3-5 years of discovery. Reiff will be sharing information on how to make the decision once EAB is discovered in your ash trees. Should the tree be removed or will it be cost effective to consider treatment alternatives.
Renz has been very active in the ALB inspections throughout Ohio and will discuss how the ALB is being managed in Ohio. In June 2011, the first ALB invasion was discovered in Ohio. The ALB attacks several varieties of trees unlike the EAB which only affects the Ash tree.