Pesky Pests in Upper Merion
Emerald Ash Borer
If you received our last issue of Township Lines, or follow our social media accounts, you may recall the invasion of the pest known as the emerald ash borer. In July 2017, the Upper Merion Township Board of Supervisors approved a multi-step mitigation plan for the beetles that are attacking ash trees nationwide, and locally along the Valley Forge West Trail at Heuser Park.
Recently, the Board of Supervisors approved a bid for the timber harvesting project at Heuser Park related to the Emerald Ash Borer. The harvesting is expected to take place sometime in the beginning of the summer. Volunteers will be needed in the fall to help with replanting, so stay tuned to the township website and social media for more information as it becomes available.
Over the last few months, the spotted lanternfly has been located in Montgomery County. Nymph and adult spotted lanternflies can cause significant damage to trees, including oozing, weeping, mold growth, and eventually death. Not only does it contribute to ecological degradation, but it also poses a threat to several major agriculture industries and can be an expensive nuisance to homeowners.
What You Can Do
- Reported sightings of the spotted lanternfly are extremely helpful to the State Department of Agriculture. If you see the spotted lanternfly, please photograph it, immediately destroy it, and then call the Automated Invasive Species Report Line at 1-866-253-7189 and leave a message detailing your sighting and contact information. You can also email the photo to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your outreach is vital for the protection of Pennsylvania business and agriculture. Find more information on http://www.agriculture.pa.gov.
Emerald Ash Borer
- Examine Your Yard
Identify all ash trees on your property. If you are unsure, or if you believe you found signs of the EAB, contact a certified arborist to look at the trees.
- Make A Decision
If the arborist finds ash trees, you will have to choose to treat or remove the tree(s). Your arborist will be able to make a recommendation. Only ash trees that are healthy and are of value to the homeowner should be considered for treatment. Other ash trees should be removed before they become a hazard.
- Act Fast!
Remember, an untreated ash tree with an EAB infestation has a zero percent chance of surviving. Untreated ash trees will become a hazard and a liability. The infestation is here now – protect your home and family and call an arborist!
PA Department of Agriculture: Spotted Lanternfly
Spotted Lanternfly FAQ
How to Identify an Ash Tree
Insect Advice from the Penn State Cooperative Extension
My Ash Tree is Dead…Now What?
What Is The Emerald Ash Borer?