Gypsy Moth Suppression Program

Alicia Wallace, Program Coordinator

Bay County Building
515 Center Avenue, Suite 503
Bay City, Michigan 48708-5941
Voice: (989) 895-4195
TDD/TTL: (989) 895-4049

Emerald Ash Borer

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an Asian beetle that moved into the south-east corner of Michigan some time in the early 1990's. It's larvae feed on the cambium or conductive tissue just under the bark of ash trees. They only feed on ash trees and will usually kill the infested tree within 1 to 5 years. Though the infestation was first discovered in 2002 in the Detroit area, this aggressive beetle is now found throughout the lower peninsula of Michigan and in 13 additional States and in two Canadian provinces. (To see the EAB locations map please click HERE.)

In 2004, voters in Bay County approved the renewal of the Gypsy Moth Millage with the inclusive language of "other invasive, non-native pests, such as the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)". This will allow the Gypsy Moth Suppression program to address the problem of the EAB when it is found in Bay County. The EAB Plan of Action outlines the actions which will be undertaken by the Bay County Gypsy Moth Suppression Program with regard to the EAB.

In 2005, the Emerald Ash Borer was found in southern Bay County.

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Lifecycle

To find our more about the Lifecycle of the EAB and how if effects your trees, please watch the LIfecycle of the Emerald Ash Borer Video.

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Multi-State Location and Quarentine Map

The Federal Quarantine no longer prohibits the movement of ash wood products from Michigan to parts of Ohio, Indian, Illinois, and other areas in the "generally infested" areas of the country as long as the products do not leave the generally infested area.  To see where the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is, check out the EAB Multi-State Location Map and Michigan Department of Agriculture EAB Quarantine Map

Treatment of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)

Present treatment technology is available to treat individual trees and homeowners are encouraged to use these treatments to protect their ash trees. However, the high cost of treating individual trees limits the actions of the Bay County Gypsy Moth Suppression Program. The EAB Plan of Action outlines the actions which will be undertaken by the Bay County Gypsy Moth Suppression Program with regard to the EAB.

How can I tell if I should treat my Ash Trees?

For more information to determine if your Ash Tree should be treated for Emerald Ash Boarer, check out the Identification of Stages of EAB Decline & Whether Treatment is Warranted MSU website.

Emerald Ash Borer in Bay County

Emerald ash borer (EAB) have been found in ash trees throughout Bay County. If you have an ash tree that you would like to save, begin treatment as soon as possible. To find out what you can do, check out the Emerald Ash Borer: Homeowners Guide to Insecticide Selection and Use.

Local Landscape Companies and EAB Treatment

For a list of local landscape companies and their Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) treatments provided, please click HERE.

Ash Tree Identification

Not sure if your tree is an Ash? Check out the MSUE Ash Tree Identification Guide or check out MSUE/USDA Bulletin E-2942 on Ash Tree Identification for descriptions and details.

For more information about the EAB go to the following links:

Other Emeral Ash Borer (EAB) Links

Emerald Ash Borer Program Guidelines (36.2 kb)