Update. This destructive pest is getting closer and closer to Rhode Island. In summer 2012, it was found for the first time in Prospect, CT about 125 miles from Downtown Providence. Later that fall, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts reported the discovery of EAB attacking ash trees in Dalton, MA (Berkshire County). Just recently (fall 2013) the Commonwealth confirmed another sighting, this time only 75 miles away, in North Andover (Essex County).
In the wake of this outbreak, MASS officials have enacted a quarantine order to restrict the movement of certain wood products from outside the regulated area. This was also done in Dalton, MA at the end of 2012. It is ludicrous to think that, for some inexplicable reason, EAB will somehow bypass RI. But that's what some people are saying. They claim the ash trees are too scattered and too few to get the beetle's attention. I wonder if Michigan in 2002, and the 21 other states where the EAB has struck since then were all of the same opinion? My thoughts on the ASH-EAB dilemma is in a nutshell: Be cautious and don't panic but, also, be prepared for the worst case scenario. More on this matter in later editions.
Here are the five most prominent symptoms and signs of an EAB presence.·
- Long, slender shoots (epicormic) sprouting along the trunk
- Bark splitting
- D-shaped exit holes in trunk and branch bark
- S-shaped galleries under the bark, and
- Woodpecker activity