2. If an arborist confirms your tree has EAB or you have a declining ash tree near a confirmed infestation, treatment may be possible or you may need to remove the tree. Discuss with your arborist the value of the tree and the cost of application vs. the cost of removal. Removal costs will vary substantially depending upon the size of the tree and other factors. Any company removing a tree should provide proof of insurance. Also, many cities in the metro require tree care or tree removal services to be licensed.
• Don’t trust door-to-door salesman selling tree cures or tree removal unless you can verify their credentials and check references.
• If your ash trees are removed, trust experienced local professionals to help you choose replacement trees. There are many replacement species available and an experienced professional can help you choose the right species for your soil type and planting location. If you are planting multiple trees, diversify the species you choose!
If you have questions or want to report a suspected find of EAB, call the Minnesota Department of Agriculture Arrest The Pest hotline at 651.201.6644 or 888.545.6684 or see http://www.mda.state.mn.us/plants/pestmanagement/eab.htm