March 26 2019 09:48 AM

Donated treatments are to protect against invasive shot hole borer are part of its

More than 20 Sycamore trees at Sycamore School in Claremont, California, will receive trunk injection treatments to protect against the Invasive Shot Hole Borer, which is currently threatening thousands of California’s trees. The invasive shot hole borer is an exotic and invasive ambrosia beetle, recently found attacking a large number of tree species in the California counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Diego, among others, across the state. ISHB is reported to be reaching epidemic proportions and has widespread environmental, economic, and aesthetic implications for the region.

Media, municipalities, government officials, residents and local arborists are invited to attend and watch a demonstration of the treatment process, learn more about the pest, and the options available to both homeowners and municipalities to protect and save their trees.

Arborjet, Woburn, Massachusetts, a tree and plant health care company has been working to help mitigate the devastation of invasive species and to save trees in over 150 municipalities across the country. Certified arborists and municipalities are using tree injections to ensure that neighborhoods and urban forests are safely maintained. Research shows that trunk injections with TREE-äge and Propizol not only help save trees, but are also far more cost effective than removing and replacing mature trees, according to the company.

This treatment method:

Injects and seals the formulation directly into a tree’s vascular system. Nothing is placed in the soil or into the air.

Allows a tree to be treated for over 20 years if needed, before the costs equal that of removing and replacing a tree. Most cities retreat every 2 years.

Has allowed major cities like Chicago, Milwaukee and Claremont to save their trees for a cost of less than $80 per tree.

Saves mature trees, which reduce energy costs and stormwater runoff, while maintaining property values.

Arborjet will donate the treatment as part of its "Saving America's Iconic Trees," program, the company’s latest initiative to ensure the health and longevity of the country’s trees. The campaign targets America’s most beloved trees, (often located in public parks and gardens and other historic sites) offering complimentary treatment to prevent insects, disease and poor health.