Emerald Ash Borer has quickly spread across Wayzata.
In order to preserve Wayzata's natural landscape, all City trees that were marked with orange paint in April were removed due to an emerald ash borer (EAB) infestation. This will be an ongoing process.
The EAB is a small invasive green beetle that infests and kills all American Ash trees. The larvae of these shiny green beetles tunnel beneath the bark of ash trees and gnaws away at the living tissue of ash trees until the tree eventually dies, usually 2 to 4 years after being infected.
We encourage you to keep an eye on your Ash trees this spring/summer. If the tree canopy comes back, your Ash tree is a good candidate for treatment, not removal. You may notice some ash trees will not come back with a full canopy, this means your Ash tree may be infested with EAB. You can confirm if your tree has EAB with a licensed contractor or certified arborist.