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Posted on: September 9, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Yard Work and Emerald Ash Borer

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Be a part of the solution. Help stop the spread of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). EAB larvae are worm-like grubs that kill ash trees by tunneling under the tree's bark.

EAB larvae and pupae can hide beneath ash tree bark and then escape as adult beetles after being transported miles away. That is why the City of Roseville is asking residents to take extra precautions when treating or removing an ash tree.

It can take up to four years after the EAB larva infests a tree before symptoms are seen, so avoid moving firewood from one place to another. Don't carry wood from your home to your neighbors across town or to a cabin or campsite.

Ash trees can be treated with insecticides but there is no guarantee that it will save the tree. If a tree is infested with EAB, insecticides will not save it and it will have to be removed. We encourage property owners to talk with an arborist to identify whether their tree is infested, and what can be done to prevent an infestation.

It is best to remove ash trees between September and April because the adult EAB are no longer emerging. However, the logs, limbs, branches and brush from a tree must be disposed of properly. Ramsey County is under and EAB quarantine so the wood cannot be taken out of the county. To remain in compliance with the quarantine, some trash haulers no longer collect tree waste as part of their service to residents. Residents can hire a commercial tree or yard cleanup service to collect tree waste or take tree waste to a Ramsey County yard waste site.

The following Ramsey County brush sites accept ash tree debris. Only Ramsey County residents may use these drop off sites. Be prepared to show identification. Log on to www.ramseyrecycles.com or call 651-633-EASY (3279) for hours, directions and other information.

Ramsey County - Arden Hills
3530 Hudson Ave.
Arden Hills

Ramsey County - Frank and Sims
1150 Sims Ave.
St. Paul

Ramsey County – Midway
2013 Pierce Butler Route
St. Paul

Ramsey County -White Bear Township
5800 Sherwood Road
White Bear Township

Roseville residents can contact Forestry Coordinator Anita Twaroski at 651-792-7142 if they have questions about their ash trees. She will help property owners find resources to identify EAB and options to protect their trees.

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