The Truth about EAB

  • Biggest Environmental Crisis in Tennessee.

  • ALL untreated native ash trees in Davidson and Williamson Counties will be dead or dying by 2020. *Source - Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture

  • Most infected ash trees in Middle Tennessee can still be saved.

  • First identified in Tennessee in July, 2010. As of September 2018, 62 counties INCLUDING DAVIDSON AND WILLIAMSON are under quarantine. (Click here to see the quarantined counties in TN.)

  • ALL native ash trees are at risk.

  • There are only two options; Treat the tree or Cut it down.

  • The cost to cut down an ash tree is roughly 10 times more than the cost of treating one. (View our cost comparison here.)

  • It will destroy nearly13% of Tennessee's total tree canopy.

  • The most destructive and economically costly forest insect to ever invade North America.

  • It is estimated that over 53 million ash trees have been killed throughout Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio since it's discovery.

  • According to the USDA Forestry Service and the Tennessee Division of Forestry, an estimated 261 million ash trees in Tennessee, amounting to $11 billion value, will become infested.

This is a picture of the first ash tree discovered in TN to be infected with EAB. 

The Emerald Ash Borer, Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire, is a highly destructive wood-boring beetle that feeds on the phloem of ash trees (Fraxinus spp.). Since first being recorded in Michigan in 2002, the Emerald Ash Borer has broadened its range in the United States and has killed millions of ash trees. (To learn how to inspect your trees, click here.)

Within five years of the first discovery of EAB in the United States, it had spread to seven other states. As of June 2016, it had been confirmed in all of the green states shown on this map. It has also been sighted in Ontario and Quebec. The native range of EAB is Russia, Mongolia, Japan, China, and Taiwan.

Eggs: Emerald Ash Borer eggs are deposited in tree bark crevices for protection.

Larvae: The larval stage of the Emerald Ash Borer is the longest stage of the beetle's life cycle, lasting approximately 300 days and four instars.

Pupae: The Emerald Ash Borer pupal stage is short, only lasting an average of 20 days.

Adults: The adults of the Emerald Ash Borer chew through the wood and emerge from trees from a small, D-shaped exit hole.

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