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The emerald ash borer, a species of green, invasive beetle, has been working its way across the United States. It has been leaving dead ash trees in its path as few trees survive infestation, even with treatment. If you have dead ash trees on your property, then there is a good chance they were killed by emerald ash borers. Here are some common questions that people have about having dead ash trees removed.
Can you remove the trees on your own?
It's not a good idea to remove dead ash trees on your own. When they have died as a result of emerald ash borer infestation, the vascular tissue has been eaten by the bugs' larvae. This leaves the vascular tissue weak, which means the tree may fall or break in the process of being removed. Professional tree removal companies know how to deal with this and how to prevent damage during the removal process. Plus, they have the proper equipment to remove large trees, which would cost a small fortune for you to buy. It's worth paying the pros to remove dead ash trees.
Should you have the ash trees that are still alive removed, too?
If you have a couple of ash trees that are still alive, it's a good idea to have them removed while the tree removal company is there. If the other trees have been infested by ash borers, it is only a matter of time before the other trees become infected and die, too. You'll pay less to just have all the trees removed now, rather than having to ask the tree removal company to come back in another year or two. Plus, it is safer and easier for the tree removal company to remove the healthy ash trees now rather than wait for them to die and become brittle.
Will the wood from the fallen trees be usable?
In most cases, it won't be. The larvae of the emerald ash borers leave tunnels through the wood and leave it mushy. If you have some trees removed that are still in the early stages of infestation, some of the wood from those trees might be able to be sold and used. However, in most cases, the tree removal company will compost or burn the wood to kill any lingering beetles.
Emerald ash borers are incredibly destructive. If they've killed some of the ash trees on your land, make sure you have those trees removed before they fall down on their own. For more information about tree removal, contact a local tree service.