Ash tree borers

Asked September 20, 2017, 12:02 PM EDT

Recent news articles from East coast indicate loss of ash trees to a tree borer. Should we be taking preventive measures to protect ash trees here in Bend. The HOA I live in has over 30 large trees along city streets. The city of Bend has many ash trees also along streets. Please advise. Thank you. Randall Brady

Deschutes County Oregon

1 Response

Hi Randall,

Very good question! Emerald ash borer is indeed a dangerous invasive insect, but it has not arrived in Oregon yet.

Oregon Forest Pest Detectors is an Extension program working to train volunteers to keep an eye out for invaders such as the emerald ash borer. You can learn more about the program and becoming a first detecter here: http://pestdetector.forestry.oregonstate.edu

You can learn more about the emerald ash borer here: http://www.emeraldashborer.info/index.php#sthash.KdAXLxLs.dpbs

The best way to keep invasives species from traveling is to not move firewood from state to state, or even region to region.

Regards, Nicole