April 6, 2011

Emerald Ash Borer: The $10 Billion Threat

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (April 5, 2011) – The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a metallic green insect, a half-inch long and weighs next to nothing. But it’s a serial killer of ash trees all over the United States.

According to the American Institute of Biological Sciences, EAB will cost cities about $10 billion over 10 years for treatment and removal of ash trees. That’s money many cities just don’t have as they dig out from the recession.

“Imagine driving through a neighborhood in the spring or summer and it looks like the fall because there are very few leaves on the ash trees,” said Lance Walheim, co-author of Landscaping for Dummies and lawn and garden expert for Bayer Advanced™. “Thinning tree canopies are the calling card for this insect that attacks trees from the inside out.”

According to Emeraldashborer.info, EAB has killed tens of millions of ash trees in many areas where it’s been discovered, including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Quebec, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. It’s been in the U.S. since 2002.

Female borers lay eggs in late May through June. The larvae feed under the bark from late July through October, choking off the water and nutrient supply to the tree. Up to half of the tree canopy can die in a year. Most of the canopy will be dead after two years.

You don’t have to cut down your ash trees

In many cities, workers break out chain saws to cut down ash trees in parks and along streets if EAB is a threat. Local TV news and newspapers cover the mass elimination of trees. So, homeowners think the only solution they have is to cut down the beautiful ash trees in their yards.

According to Emeraldashborer.info, there are several homeowner options for controlling EAB. They include products that are injected into the soil or tree trunk or applied around the roots with water.

Bayer Advanced Tree & Shrub Protect & Feed Concentrate (BayerAdvanced.com) protects trees from EAB and other destructive pests. Just measure the required amount of product, mix it with water and apply it around the roots of the tree. It protects for up to 12 months. Always read and follow label directions.

You need to apply preventive products early since it can take up to three months to fully protect large trees.

About Bayer Advanced™

Bayer Advanced is one of the leading consumer lawn and garden brands in the United States. Driven by innovative thinking and category-leading research, Bayer Advanced provides innovative and effective solutions that help consumers grow beautiful lawns and gardens and protect their landscapes from pests, weeds and diseases. Always read and follow label directions before using Bayer Advanced products. Visit www.bayeradvanced.com for more information and to view how-to videos, or call 1-877-BAYERAG.

Bayer Advanced is a business group of Bayer CropScience LP, the U.S. affiliate of Bayer CropScience AG. Bayer Advanced, Bayer CropScience LP, and Bayer CropScience AG are part of the Bayer AG family, a FORTUNE Global 500 company.

About Bayer CropScience

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, nutrition and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience, a subgroup of Bayer AG with annual sales of EUR 6.830 billion (2010), is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of crop protection, non-agricultural pest control, seeds and traits. The company offers an outstanding range of products and extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture and for non-agricultural applications. Bayer CropScience has a global workforce of 20,700 and is represented in more than 120 countries. This and further news is available at: www.press.bayercropscience.com.


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