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The Emerald Ash Borer
Will Be Arriving Soon.
This innocent looking insect has been spotted in most areas around Hales Corners. Strategically placed, purple traps have captured evidence of their arrival in New Berlin, Oak Creek, West Allis and Franklin. Although not officially reported, the Ash Borer will eventually arrive here, unwelcomed in the Village of Hales Corners.

If you have not become aware of the Emerald Ash Borer, then this will be important for you to read. Each one of us will be affected, either directly or indirectly by its presence.
EAB in Hales Corners

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a non-native insect from Asia and was originally detected in Michigan in 2002. It is believed that this invasive species was in wooden packing material. Since its arrival, EAB has spread throughout the United States and Canada. The pest attacks all species of North American Ash trees and to date has killed an estimated 30 million. It is not a matter of IF it arrives in Hales Corners; it is a matter of WHEN.

The visible signs exhibited by trees infested with EAB include thinning of the crown, vertical bark splits, D-shaped exit holes, and dead and or dying branches. In addition, increased woodpecker activity in your neighborhood may also indicate the presence of EAB.

The Village of Hales Corners is responsible for the removal of infected trees on all public lands. Trees on private property are the responsibility of the owner.
Suggested steps for managing Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) infestation: (Follow the links for more details.)
Determine if you have Ash Trees on your property. If you have no Ash Trees, your done. (Hurray)... If you do examine this guide.

Check for signs of Emerald Ash Borer. Keep in mind, not all symtoms will be caused by the EAB. Be aware of "look-a-like beatles"

Evaluate the Condition of your Ash Trees. You may want to have a professional Arborist help determine if your trees are worth saving.

Determine the long term cost of treatment over removal and replacement. Treatments may be needed for several years.

Wisconsin Emerald Ash Borer Information Source

Treatment Options for Home Owners

How Do I Know If My Trees Have EAB?
">Ash Tree Identification

">Emerald Ash Borer ID

">Signs of Infestation
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