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E. Vinje

Hello –

In most cases, termites do not eat live trees they only eat the dead, decaying material. With that said you should remove the termites as quickly as possible, especially if the tree is near your house. Also, I would not recommend stacking firewood or using wood mulch around your home if termites are present. Here’s my recommendations for getting rid of termites in trees.

1.) Prune away any dead or dying branches.
2.) Burn or throw away the problem branches to prevent pests from spreading.
3.) Locate the termite colony (yes, cardboard and commercial traps can help!) and destroy it using proven, natural treatments.
4.) Continue monitoring the tree and surrounding areas for termite activity.
5.) Keep moisture away from your home’s foundation and repair cracks, if any.

Hope it helps!