Emerald Ash Borer

eabThe threat:

  • 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.