The Emerald Ash Borer has been reported in the town of Southbury and has been detected by the tree warden in trees on Luther Drive and Bucks Hill Road.
This tiny bright green Asian beetle was identified in July 2002 as the cause of widespread ash tree decline and mortality. Larva feeding in the tissue between the bark and sapwood disrupts the transport of nutrients and water in the tree, eventually causing branches and the entire tree to die.
As part of their ongoing tree maintenance program, Southbury’s Department of Public Works will monitor the health of ash trees on town property, especially those that are close to roads or public access areas.
In addition, the ash trees that are part of streetscape along both sides of Main Street South will be treated with trunk injections to prevent them from being destroyed by this pest.
Residents are advised to contact a licensed arborist to inquire about treatment or care for ash trees in their yards or on their property.