July 28, 2014

State warns of possible EAB scam

(Photo: DNR)

This summer’s drought has left many trees in poor condition, and State Division of Trade and Consumer Protection Administrator Sandy Chalmers says some people may be trying to take advantage of the situation.

Chalmers says the agency has received a number of reports about people going door-to-door and claiming a tree is infested with the emerald ash borer, and either needs to be sprayed or removed. In some case, the sales calls are happening in parts of the state where EAB has not even been found.

Chalmers says property owners should be skeptical about anyone offering services door-to-door with a high pressure sales pitch. She says property owners should ask the salesperson to show proof they are licensed to do business in the state, as well as evidence they are qualified experts in dealing with trees.

Chalmers also suggests checking with local tree care specialists to verify the claims being made.

Removing a tree can cost thousands of dollars, so Chalmers says it pays to do your homework.

AUDIO: Andrew Beckett reports (1:07)