American trees in trouble

“Timber Investors are Hurting”; “Energy Costs are Rising”; “Neighborhoods Stand Stripped of Trees”. These American newspaper headlines are a result of destructive pests like the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) attacking the trees.
The damage these invasive insects cause is extensive. Since its arrival from Asia in 2002, EAB has destroyed over 30 million ash trees in the United States. ALB has caused tens of thousands of hardwood trees to be destroyed in Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York, and was recently found in Ohio as well. In a single year alone, the Southern Pine Beetle, a bark beetle smaller than a grain of rice, killed 14,000 acres of pines in New Jersey. Spiraling Whitefly is causing visible damage to trees and property throughout Southern Florida due to the sticky honeydew it produces, which grows unsightly black sooty mold. Lastly, damage from fungal diseases like Oak Wilt and malnutrition also weaken trees, reducing their chances of survival even further.
Despite all this, there are ways to effectively prevent the destruction of America’s valuable trees. In the last year alone, 350,000 trees were protected against insect attacks in over 65 cities and towns. These trees were protected via quick acting, long lasting trunk injection treatments from Arborjet, which develops remedies for some of the world’s most destructive tree insects and diseases.
The rescue of these trees has made a significant economic impact, saving the United States an estimated $252 million in tree removal and replacement costs. Professionally applied tree trunk injection treatments cost a fraction of what tree removal and replacement does, averaging less than the cost of a month of cable television service. Compare this to the cost for the removal and replacement of a single tree, which can run well over $800.

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