The Wasp That Saved the Ash Tree (hopefully)

Updated: May 8, 2019

Here is a link to the wasp that hunts the emerald ash borer (EAB). Don't miss the video!

https://entomologytoday.org/2015/04/20/predatory-wasps-and-citizen-scientists-are-taking-on-the-emerald-ash-borer/

This is an excellent example of why proper pesticide applications matter and why having not only a certified arborist but an arborist with years of knowledge, apply the pesticides needed to save and protect your plants. For example, I choose what to apply, when, and how to help insure as little impact as possible on beneficial insects. I read about the impacts to beneficial insects including what research is being done now.

Proper pesticide application is a concern when having your house sprayed; question the provider. How much do they know about the chemicals they are using and their timing? Are you satisfied with their knowledge? You're likely paying a pretty penny and you should expect knowledge in return, not just a product.


Wasps are predators, that's how they've evolved, to use protein to feed their developing young. They are also often the target of people's fear. Unless a person is allergic the pain is fleeting and wasps would rather avoid humans. Here's a great article on the value of wasps to our economy:

https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/in-defence-of-wasps-why-squashing-them-comes-with-a-sting-in-the-tale-a7144306.html.


I know I was a bit preachy here - please forgive me. It's a topic I am passionate about and my goals are to improve the health of your yard as well as the health of the urban habitat. It's a tiny role I play and I hope this blog makes my 'footprint' a bit larger.


Cheers and gratitude!

#pesticides #IPM #organicgardening #pollinators #landscapeindustry #treecareindustry #planthealthcare #www.betternature.solutions #gardening #ashrees #emeraldashborer #savetheashtrees #landscaping #treecare #sustainablesolutions

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More INFO and DIY videos via youtube include:

1.  https://youtu.be/8BM1_9tkyso - Protecting Roots from Construction Damage

2.  https://youtu.be/lZGEstTCczI - Micronutrient Fertilization is Part of Total Plant Recovery

3.  Smart pest management means when, what, and how to apply insecticides to save pollinators!

https://youtu.be/iw1NXEdw0F0

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