The Emerald Ash Borer is an exotic, invasive (beetle) pest from Asia that is killing ash trees in 25 states including New Jersey. There has been confirmed EAB activity in Westampton Township. See http://www.nj.gov/agriculture/divisions/pi/prog/emeraldashborer.html. If you have ash trees on your property, you are urged to monitor for EAB. The decision to treat, remove, or retain private property trees rests with the property owner. Residents should consider many variables when evaluating options, including tree size, location and condition. Experts can also help you with your tree selection to replace ash trees.
New infestations are difficult to detect, as damage to the tree may not be apparent for up to three years. Symptoms of an infestation can include branch dieback in the upper crown, excessive epicormic branching on the tree trunk and vertical bark splits. Woodpecker damage is sometimes apparent.
Do not move firewood! Exotic pests like the EAB can be spread when infested firewood is transported to new areas.