Success of Controlling Emerald Ash Borer in City of Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan Released on YouTube

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"City Saves Trees from Emerald Ash Borer" video segment showing the successful control and treatment of EAB since 2002 in the City of Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan was released on the YouTube Web site today.

The "City Saves Trees from Emerald Ash Borer" video segment showing the successful control and treatment of EAB in the City of Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan was released on the YouTube Web site today.

EAB has destroyed millions of Ash trees throughout the Midwest since it was first identified in 2002. "The Story of the City of Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan" video segment tells how the city identified and treated approximately 560 trees located along boulevards and in parks and municipal building areas beginning in 2002 with the hope of controlling or eliminating EAB. The results five years later showed that over 95 percent of the trees survived and doing remarkably well. The YouTube url is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CTI2hAQlR4 .

The video segment is part of "Saving Trees from EAB," a 24 minute video shown on http://www.TreeResearch.org hosted by Dr. Dave Roberts, specialist and district horticulture agent with Michigan State University Extension, who first identified Emerald Ash Borer in the United States in 2002. It provides details about the background, signs and diagnosis of EAB, as well as an overview of the chemicals and fertilizers used to successfully treat Ash trees.

The recommended treatment shown is annual applications of the insecticide Pointer in areas with heavy infestations or in the curative stages and the use of it every other year in preventive situations. Pointer, an Imidacloprid product from ArborSystems that is labeled by the EPA for two-year control, is used along with various fertilizers and root stimulants to keep the trees healthy.

The recommended application method is trunk injections that do not require drilling, since the drilled holes can permanently damage a tree's ability to move and store water and other nutrients. The non-drilling application which delivers chemical inside the tree at a known dose rate with no environmental exposure is done with ArborSystems' Wedgle Direct-Inject system, which uses a needle-like injection tip that is pushed through the bark. It is the only trunk injection method that does not require drilling and can treat most trees in five minutes or less.

The original 24 minute video was created for homeowners, commercial property owners and municipalities. It features real life examples of the most efficient remedy and procedure for healing and saving Ash trees rather than destroying or cutting them down. For more information, visit http://www.TreeResearch.org .

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