The Emerald Ash Borer

Early intervention and ongoing prevention of this invasive beetle is key!

By: Kyle DeLucia, Founder & CEO, K&J Tree Service

How did this happen?

The Emerald Ash Borer is a beetle that attacks these ash trees. The beetle is now branching out to other species of trees; specifically noted to have infested Fringetrees located in the mid-western region of the United States.

While the fully mature Emerald Ash Borer feeds on the leaves of ash trees, its larvae feed on the phloem layer of the tree beneath the bark. The phloem is part of the vascular system of the tree responsible for transferring sugars and metabolic products from the leaves of the trees following photosynthesis. A compromised phloem only allows the tree to absorb a fraction of the necessary nutrients for its growth and survival. The tress demise is the direct result of the Emerald Ash Borer larvae feeding on this internal layer of the tree.

How can you recognize infestation?

The first sign of the Emerald Ash Borer’s presence can be found in the limbs of the canopy of the tree. These limbs usually break off near the union of the limb and trunk. Treatment is possible when this is recognized early!  One of our licensed arborists can both identify this beetle’s presence as well as help combat this problem.


K&J Tree Service provides Free Tree Health Assessments. Our licensed arborist’s inspections and regular tree pruning, can aid in monitoring the canopy of your trees. Maintenance and prevention is of upmost importance. In the event that fifty percent of your tree’s canopy is lost, the tree is no longer viable. Early prevention is key! You have options to protect your trees from the Emerald Ash Borer, as well as other common tree diseases, pests, fungus, and infestations. K&J Tree Service also offers mosquito spraying, deep root fertilization, and systemic injections to maintain all of your plant healthcare needs.

Our goal is to increase the longevity, beauty, and health of your landscape. We are committed to combating tree infestations, diseases, and to keep all trees, in our region, safe and healthy.  We take pride in every tree we save and look forward to working with you to help preserve the property you love.