Emerald ash borer research delays Waterford Parkway infestation

In this article from the Strongsville Post, Davey's Anand Persad tells readers that the research performed on Strongsville's ash trees will create a template for other communities in the future.  

Posted: Sept. 7, 2014 

By Terry Brlas 

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The emerald ash borer is a tiny green insect that destroys ash trees from the inside out. Waterford Parkway in Strongsville’s Waterford Crossing development has become a laboratory, of sorts, when it comes to finding solutions to slow the progress of the insect’s onslaught.

Scientists from the Davey Tree Company in concert with the city of Strongsville and the Waterford Crossing Homeowner’s Association have been working to find the right mix of chemicals that could slow the emerald ash borer’s affect on the beautiful, yet vulnerable ash trees. The project began in 2007 and has continued to this day.

“We were approached by the Davey Tree Company to see if they could come up with a silver bullet to eliminate the pests, the emerald ash borer,” said Jennifer Milbrandt, natural resources coordinator with the city of Strongsville. “Because we were on the front firing line of the pests moving in, they were hoping to do treatments here and check the effectiveness of their different products.”

Waterford Parkway was chosen for research due to the number and size of ash trees, and the level of infestation on the more than 1-mile stretch. The site has one of the largest concentrations of ash trees in the world with approximately 155 of the type lining the street.

When Davey Tree approached the city Milbrandt had to perform her due diligence inquiring about the type of products, application method and projected plan.

“It wasn’t something we entered into lightly,” she said.

Davey Tree applied the products at no charge to the city or Waterford Crossing Homeowner’s Association. Treatment for a single tree would run from $150 to $400.

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