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Do termites eat live trees?
Ok, here is my situation. I have a red maple in the middle of my lawn. I noticed some dead branches so I got a saw and cut them off. As I was cutting a 3-4 termites came running out. I got a ladder and tried to cut off as many of the dead branches as I could.
I took the dead branches and put them in garbage bins and moved them away from the house. Unfortunately yard waste pick-up was this morning so I can’t get rid of the stuff until next week.
The tree is small and there isn’t any water nearby or really anything that resembled a moist area for the termites. I am not sure where they are nesting.
What is my next step for this? I don’t know how long the tree has been suffering these termites and considering it has been a heat wave here in southern ontario, I wasn’t sure how they could live .
1) Should I set up a trap ? Someone suggest wet cardboard around the base of the tree
2) Should I spray the tree?
Any advice would be appreciated.
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