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Emerald Ash Borer Forecast
Emerald ash borer is a beetle that causes significant harm to ash trees throughout the eastern United States. In the southeast, the window for treating trees for this pest is now approaching.
Pheno Forecast maps show when management actions should be taken for key pest species. These maps are updated daily and are available 6 days in the future.
Pheno forecasts are based on published growing degree day (GDD) thresholds for points in pest life cycles when management actions are most effective. Forecasts are currently available for five insect pest species.
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Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) is an invasive beetle from Asia which has spread across the eastern United States since 2002. In their larval stage, the beetles destroy the heartwood of ash trees, killing them within a few years. The pest is responsible for the death of hundreds of millions of ash trees.
The forecast above is a real-time, high-resolution forecast which estimates the appropriate time to spray pesticide on infested trees, to reduce the spread of the pest. The treatment window begins when adults first emerge at 450-550 GDDs and continues through peak abundance at 550- 1,000 GDDs. Adults lay eggs approximately 14 days after emergence, so treatment is critical in this window. GDDs are accumulated from a base temperature of 50oF.
Source: Herms et al 2014
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