Emerald Ash Borer killing trees in Edmundston

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick - Officials in Edmundston, New Brunswick, say an insect called the Emerald Ash Borer is responsible for the destruction of a number of trees in the community.

Due to the confirmed presence of Emerald Ash Borer, 10 trees will have to be cut down along Saint-François Street in Edmundston, in front of the Border Services Agency office, over the next few days.

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an insect pest that has already killed millions of trees in North America. It was first detected in the Atlantic region, in Edmundston, in May 2018. It is now present throughout New Brunswick.

Unfortunately, once the damage caused by the bug is detected, the insect has already left and is making ravages elsewhere. The adult beetle bores a hole in the ash tree to lay its eggs. After the eggs hatch, the larvae live under the bark, quietly killing the tree.

"Once EAB was confirmed in 2018, we knew that our entire ash tree population was at risk. It's very unfortunate, but it was inevitable. We will replace the ash trees with other hardwoods in the fall," explains Alain Laplante, an urban forester with the City of Edmundston's Public Works Department.

He says the 10 trees are clearly showing signs that they are being attacked by the EAB. They will be felled and destroyed as indicated by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which specifies that a tree with a dieback level above 30% must be destroyed.

These trees were planted by the City some 30 years ago.

For more information, contact Alain Laplante, Green Spaces Coordinator, Public Works Department, at 506.739.2103, or email alain.laplante@edmundston.ca.