Emerald Ash Borer
- The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), also known as Agrilus planipennis, is a non-native beetle responsible for the destruction of thousands of ash trees locally to date.
- Mature communities such as Edgebrook are particularly impacted because of the density of many very large, mature ash trees on public and private land.
on PUBLIC LAND (includes parkways):
- The City of Chicago pays all costs
- The City of Chicago has been very proactive starting with a ban on the planting of ash trees in public areas in 2002 through to the current management plan, which includes treatment/immunization/removal/replacement as appropriate.
on PRIVATE LAND (including front & back yards):
- There are free informational resources through the City of Chicago, including an EAB hotline and online links to reading materials and organizations.
- Individual homeowners pay all costs privately for confirmed identification/treatment/removal/replacement.
- Costs depend upon tree size (diameter at breast height) and vary greatly per vendor.
- Additional costs to homeowners include changes in property appearance and value.