Insect Alerts

Do you know the good bugs from the bad ones? Check out the bugs making an appearance in the landscape right now and whether you should squash them or roll out the welcome mat. This month we focus on the Emerald Ash Borer.

The Emerald Ash Borer has killed tens of millions of ash trees in North America since its discovery in 2003. The insect is originally from Asia, but was accidentally introduced to North America. The adult beetles eat ash foliage but cause little damage. The larvae (the immature stage) feed on the inner bark of ash trees, disrupting the tree’s ability to transport water and nutrients. More information about emerald ash borer is available from:

Pretty soon, chestnuts will be roasting in your fireplaces. You need to know that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Park Service and Department of Forestry have all issued alerts stating that destructive insects and diseases can be transported by firewood. Many states including Massachusetts have put restrictions on transporting firewood from one state to another. Learn more.

Learn more about insects in Massachusetts.