The emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire) was discovered in Canada as recently as June of 2002, yet has steadily made its way across the country, and can now be found in pockets of areas in Ontario as well. It can now be found in Essex County and part of Chatham-Kent here in southern Ontario. It is only a matter of time before the rest of the regions in Canada that support the habitat they thrive in, begin to see the effects.
Ash trees are widespread in Canada and the threats the ash borer poses will be devastating for the species. So what can we do as individuals to try to help stop the invasive insect from killing off our ash tree population;
- Alert the MNR if found, so qurantines may be set up.
- Familiarize yourself with the signs of invasion in order to treat the problem
- Be aware of the risks and make others aware ie. do not bring firewood that may be infested into parks etc.
- Plant trees in areas affected
The most important way we as the public can stop the spread, is to be aware of the problem and the signs and alert the experts who can deal with the problem as best as they can. Working together hopefully we can eliminate the severity of the problem and help to keep our forests diverse.