EAB adults are ½ long with a dark metallic green coloring with a bullet like shape. Adult beetles come from the bark of the tree in May and early June. They are usually active during warm, sunny weather. They mostly feed on the leaves and don`t cause much harm to the tree. They will lay eggs in bark crevices. The EAB larvae is white in color and has a segmented body. It feeds on the sapwood underneath the bark. S-shaped patterns will be created as it tunnels its way through the tree. Trees will then not be able to pass nutrients and water through the canopy. Causing limb die-backs and eventually death to the tree. The EAB larvae cannot be seen without removing the bark from the tree.
•EAB only attacks Ash Trees
•Adults are metallic green and about ½ in. long. They leave a D-shaped exit hole in the bark.
•Woodpeckers love EAB larvae for lunch, heavy woodpecker damage on ash tree is a possible sign of infection
•Firewood cannot be moved in many areas.
If you suspect your ash tree may be infected contact us of or your local Missouri extension office.