Ajax means business with battle of Emerald Ash Borer

Posted on Tuesday July 10, 2012
The Town of Ajax recently completed a six-week proactive treatment blitz of municipal-owned ash trees to protect them from the threat of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). EAB has not yet been confirmed in Ajax, but has been confirmed in Pickering and Whitby.
This treatment program is part of a larger Town EAB strategy that will be completed by the end of 2012. The next phase will outline a strategy on how the Town will move forward with the management of this insect over the long-term. 
To assist homeowners on how to identify ash trees, and signs and symptoms of EAB, the Town is developing a Tree Care Kit, which will be completed by the fall 2012. The kit will also act as a valuable resource on how homeowners can enhance and contribute to the Town’s tree canopy.
Homeowners should consult with an approved applicator from Bio Forest Technologies Inc. (www.bioforest.ca) if they wish to treat ash on their own property or consult with a certified arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture.
“The Town took the proactive step of treatment to minimize the destruction of EAB in Ajax, and to protect the Town’s tree canopy. Treating the ash trees can be more cost effective in the long run as it can cost more to have them removed. Homeowners are encouraged to assess their trees as well to have them treated.”
-Tim Field, Supervisor of Environmental Services, Town of Ajax
- Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an invasive insect from Asia. EAB larvae eat the soft tissue under the tree’s bark, preventing the tree from moving water and nutrients between its roots and leaves, and killing it within one to three years. EAB has killed millions of ash trees in southern Ontario and the eastern United States since its discovery in 2002.
- During the Town’s six-week treatment blitz, 115 municipal-owned ash trees located on public boulevards were treated.
- The Town injected the ash trees with TreeAzin, an approved product owned by the Canadian Forest Service.
- Pictures from the Town’s treatment blitz are attached. The trees being treated in the photos are located along Harwood Avenue South.
Media Contact: Christie McLardie, Manager of Communications, 905-619-2529, ext. 3362