As you may or may not know, the Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive insect that has been recently confirmed in the Kawartha Lakes. One of the speakers at our Environment Meeting this summer discussed these very damaging pests and we should all be aware of the threat they pose to our forest. They attack only Ash trees but they have a 100% kill rate.
You can tell if you have them by looking for D shaped holes in the bark (where they exit once larvae have matured) and new branches growing near the bottom of the trunk. The trees can not be saved as they do not recover from the damage done by the larvae eating the wood under the bark.
In order to manage them as well as possible, moving Ash products (fire wood, chips, etc,) is forbidden, and once you find a tree on your property that is affected, it must be cut down and all of the wood burned.
Please click on the links below to educate yourselves further and check your property for Ash trees with signs of infestation.
Notification from CoKL that EAB has been confirmed in our area
Information about the EAB problem
Images of the Emerald Ash Borers
Further information about the EAB problem