Emerald Ash Borer Outbreak in Kansas City, Missouri


Ash Tree Suffering from Emerald Ash Borer Infestation
It has been confirmed the emerald ash borer (EAB) was found in Kansas City, Missouri late July, 2o12. This news comes as a surprise since it is the farthest west in the country. In fact, prior to this find, the closest EAB infestation was on the other side of Missouri. It goes to show just how important human activity is in spreading the pest as it is believed the insect hitch-hiked into the state in a load of firewood carried by a vacationer.

The invasive emerald ash borer is responsible for the deaths of tens of millions of ash trees in the eastern U.S. and Canada and was first found in southeast Missouri in Wayne County in 2008.

What Can I Do About Emerald Ash Borer?

Only ash trees are at risk from this pest.

What to Do Now if You Are Within 5-10 Miles of an Emerald Ash Borer Outbreak

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30% Decline

Treat your tree with  Xytect this fall! Even if a tree shows signs of infestation, and the decline is less than 30% (see photo, left), you can save the tree with a therapeutic application of  Xytect. Treatments made this fall will protect your tree next year, when the larvae and the beetles become active. Remember, if dieback has occurred, that part of the tree will not be brought back with treatment. Once the decline is more than 30%, you may have no other choice: the tree may need to be removed and replaced.

Weighing Cost: Tree Removal and Replacement vs. Treatment

Ash tree removal and replacement costs vary depending on local market conditions, but on average the cost to remove a 20-inch DBH (trunk diameter at breast height) ash tree and replace it with a new tree could range from $400 – $1000. However, the annual cost to treat a 20-inch DBH ash tree with Xytect™  is $15-$20.

Compared to tree removal and replacement, treating and protecting trees with insecticides is far more economical. Using the previously provided estimated costs, a 20-inch DBH ash tree could be treated with Xytect for well over 20 years before it becomes more cost effective to have it removed in year one.

What Else You Can Do

Emerald ash borer is a growing problem that is becoming more widespread with time. To prevent the problem from spiraling out of control, it’s going to be important to stay proactive.

A) Keep an eye on your ash trees

D-Shaped Emerald Ash Borer Exit HoleCheck your ash tree for signs of emerald ash borer.

B) Start a neighborhood group

Request a free “Save Our Shade” Action Packet for your neighborhood or association. Host a meeting and give out “Save Our Shade” ribbons to visually show the potential loss your area faces.

Where to Find Emerald Ash Borer Treatment Products

  • Online: Treat like the pros and shop at TheTreeGeek.com. You can order Xytect 2F (liquid formulation) or Xytect 75WSP (water soluble packets) online through TheTreeGeek.com.

Research Information

Here’s a link to the Xytect Research Trials at Purdue University proving its effectiveness in treating emerald ash borer.

More on Emerald Ash Borer in Kansas City

If you live near the Kansas City area, you’ll find complete information on our Emerald Ash Borer in Kansas City page.

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