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How to Tell If a Tree Is Overwhelmed With Termites

09 FEB 2019

How to Tell If a Tree Is Overwhelmed With Termites

We have all surely heard about termites, the destructive critters that feast on wood. But could you spot a termite or termite infestation if you had to? Termites are one of the most hardworking insects on the planet, so it is best to catch these pests before they clock in. Otherwise, a colony of termites can hollow out your tree and leave the carcass behind before you know it. The professionals at Sesmas Tree Service have experience dealing with termite infestations and we are here to help. This article will go over some signs to look out for and some preventative measures that you can take. We are also ready to take your call and schedule your appointment with an ISA-certified arborist. Lets get started.

What Are Termites?

Termites, like ants, travel in groups called colonies. They are unfortunately active throughout the year, but the colony usually grows fastest during warm weather. A single colony can contain up to 250,000 termites! These critters usually break down into three groups: workers, soldiers, and reproducers. Worker termites are white and can reach up to half an inch in length. Reproductive ones are the same size but light brown or black in color and have very long wings. Soldier termites can reach of an inch in length and have colored heads and white bodies.

Signs of Termites in Trees

Termites are silent, but they do leave signs of their presence in your trees. Here are some steps to discovering termites in your trees:

  • Inspect around the base of your tree. If you notice wood shavings and termite wings, then that is a solid sign of a termite infestation.
  • Termites love moisture almost as much as they love wood. Look for mud tubes on the tree bark.
  • Grab a shovel and dig the soil around the roots of your trees. Termites usually make their home just below the soil line.
  • Grab a drill and drill the tree trunk to its middle section. If you drill through hollowness, then you likely have a serious infestation that should be addressed as soon as possible.

Protect Your Trees from Termites

If you have noticed the aforementioned signs of termites and decided not to call the professionals at Sesmas Tree Service, then at least consider taking the following steps:

  • Remove dead or infested parts of the tree and burn it quick to prevent them from spreading!
  • Locate the nest of the termites and destroy the colony.
  • Treat the soil around the tree with termiticides.
  • Spray the trunks of other trees on your property with termiticides as well.
  • Set up a bait station to attract and intercept remaining termites. Regularly destroy the nest and set up a new bait station.

Call Sesmas Tree Service

If you are worried about a termite infestation, then act quick to eradicate the colony. Failing to act can put your house at risk. The tree removal and care professionals at Sesmas Tree Service have the expertise and equipment to help. Call Sesmas Tree Service to schedule your flexible appointment with an ISA-certified arborist today.