How do I know if I've found emerald ash borer?
Emerald ash borer has not been found in Maine, however it could be here undetected. Emerald ash borer is among the forest threats that is easily moved in firewood. Maine's scenic places draw thousands of visitors and seasonal residents each year, providing many opportunities for potential pest introductions on firewood. Emerald ash borer adults are active between late May and September.
Is the tree an ash species?
- Emerald ash borers only attack ash trees.
- For help identifying ash trees visit www.emeraldashborer.info/identifyashtree.cfm
Is the tree in poor health?
The following symptoms can be caused by native pests, emerald ash borers or other stresses:
- Branch dieback in upper crown
- Sparse leaves
- Splits in bark
- New sprouts on trunk or limbs
QUESTION 3:(Image guide)
Do you see any of the following?
- 1⁄2-inch-long, metallic-green, bullet-shaped beetles
Potential EAB Silhouette
Not EAB Silhouette
- Woodpecker feeding damage
- 1/8-inch-wide, D-shaped holes in bark
- Tapeworm-like larvae with bell-shaped segments under bark
- S-shaped larval tunnels under bark
- Vertical splits in bark (often with tunnels visible underneath)
It’s NOT Emerald Ash Borer if you see:
- Round or oval holes in bark
- Brown papery insect “skins” in bark holes (clearwing moths)
- Round holes in rows on bark (yellowbellied sapsucker)
- Larval tunnels deep into wood or not S-shaped
- Maine Forest Service Invasive Species Information
- Division of Animal and Plant Health's EAB Resource Page
- Purple Trap Survey
- Please Leave Your Firewood at Home
- Emerald Ash Borer Info (off-site)
- Emerald Ash Borer Look-Alikes (University of Nebraska)
WHEN IN DOUBT, CONTACT US!
Collect a sample (put it in a pill container or similar and freeze it)
Note the location (GPS if available)
Call: (207) 287-2431 or 1-800-367-0223 (within Maine) or e-mail
REPORT SUSPECTED EAB
Photo: Howard Russell, Michigan State University, Bugwood.org
David Cappaert, Michigan State University, Bugwood.org
Emerald Ash Borer Adults ^
Woodpecker damage ^
Photo: Jim Tresouthick, Village of Homewood, Bugwood.org
D-shaped Exit Hole ^
S-Shaped Galleries ^
Bark Split ^