Wisconsin and the Ash Borer

The state government wants more flexibility to control emerald ash borer.

The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is applying for a special process that allows it to register pesticide products without prior federal approval.

This would allow the insecticide Tree-age to be used in the control of the invasive pest.

The destructive beetle was found in southeastern Wisconsin in August. There are more than 5 million ash trees in the state's urban areas and another 765 million ash trees in the state's forests.

Tree-age has been shown to control the beetle in Michigan State University studies.

If approved, the special registration will remain in effect for one year.


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  • by Wayne White Location: White Lake, Michigan on Oct 21, 2008 at 07:34 AM
    There is no need to make a big deal over a pesticide with little proof of efficacy when we have Imidicloprid that has been proven effective for years against this insect. The studies by MSU are preliminary even according to their own reports. Be careful what you read. I am a Board Certified Master Arborist that has been successfully treating EAB since 2002.
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