Keiling Tree Care, the township authorized vendor, began treating ash trees along the right of way on Barnstable Road. The company will continue treating ash trees on the right of way over the next week or so, starting as early as 5:30 AM and continuing to about noon. Aside from starting and stopping the truck, the process is very quiet.
The treatment is a preventive measure. Ash trees can be infested by the emerald ash borer years before the tree begins to show symptoms of infestation, which begins when female beetles lay eggs on the bark of ash trees. When the eggs hatch, the larvae feed and develop, cutting off the flow of nutrients and eventually killing the tree.
The ash borer has now been found in Union County. The Environmental Commission recommends that homeowners consider having ash trees on their own property treated. Detailed information for homeowners, including how to identify if an ash tree is affected, is at http://www.nj.gov/agriculture/divisions/pi/prog/eabhomeowners.html .