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Termites in two "healthy" trees.. : (

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by LouisianaZJ, Jun 8, 2006.

  1. LouisianaZJ

    LouisianaZJ LawnSite Member
    Messages: 34

    I have two trees that are suddenly showing signs of active termites. I see the mud crust/shell around areas where the limbs were trimmed back about 1-3 yr ago. (limbs trimmed back to about 1/2-1" from trunk, no tar used)
    they are definately termites, and i see them swarp at night sometimes, those are formosan. also had two wood stakes between these two trees and they both had signs of active termites subterranian. :cry: great

    one is a cypress, other is a maple... both went thru katrina (see below)

    having the tree surgeon come out next week, for now i did spray the exposed termite areas with spectricide to slow them down till the pro gets here.

    CAN formosan termites eat "live" wood and roots? or did the stress kill the roots, then were infested with the termites?

    some background
    I live near new orleans. Have about 15 20-25yr old trees on property.
    one healthy tree near these two was blown over in katrina and was not removed from sept -november. november it was cut to the stump. February the stump was ground down. no evidence of current or past termites during the cutting.
    during hurricane both trees were flooded with water up to about 6" up the stump for 2-3 days, and all the leaves were blown off. the cypress los alot of big branches. like 20%
    no major limb loss on the maple. oh and we have been in a major drought the last couple months to add to the stress on the tree's
  2. LouisianaZJ

    LouisianaZJ LawnSite Member
    Messages: 34

    the oak/maple? told might be pin oak
    2 spots about 5ft up
    healthy up to top (i think)
    bottom of tree had some erosion, need to cover with soil i think

    cypress, about 6-7ft up
  3. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    Ouch, keep us posted on what the arborist says.
  4. LouisianaZJ

    LouisianaZJ LawnSite Member
    Messages: 34

    Had this looked at a while ago, anyway here is a long overdue update.

    Arborist said it looked like they were formosan termites that had just gotten into the exterior of the tree. The parts where branches were pruned improperly and unable to heal over

    sprayed them with termador, and said to let them heal over

    I also plan to install baiting areound the base of the tree

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