Termites in Trees


The truth is that not all termites discovered nesting in trees are bad ones. Some species are more than happy to live their lives in a tree, causing no issues with invading your home and creating damage to it.

Termites like to live in a moist environment and will always feed on rotted matter first before gnawing into something harder. They are Mother Nature’s cleaners and removers of debris.

Some termite’s nests are even good for the environment as they offer homes to our beautiful Kingfishers, and the native blind snakes, which can live and feed within the nest without us ever knowing they are there.

A termite nest can also be the shelter and food source for native reptiles, such as goannas, to lay their eggs.

Whilst termites may not be a threat to your home’s integrity they can be a threat to the tree.

If you discover a nest in a tree, and if that possibly eaten out rotting tree represents a danger to your home or family, it is best to have the termite species identified and the tree removed, leaving the stump.

The reason the stump is left behind is because this will give you an opportunity to monitor any return thus being a great indicator of other colonies that may be underground.

It also provides a safe home for the termites so that you may co-exist together in safety.

Discovering Termites during a Removal

Sometimes you may be completely unaware that there are termites residing in a tree set for removal until you are well into the job.

Many times, providing services as the most reliable arborists have to offer, we have made similar discoveries and our experienced team at Performance Arboriculture understand the precautions and steps required to contain an outbreak.

Should termites be discovered during a job, the best thing to do is stop work straight away and have the termites identified and dealt with.

If this step is not taken you will be unable to contain the spread of these little critters as they will search for a new home to preserve and continue the colony.

We hope this information has helped you. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this or perhaps more pressing problems such as storm damage, feel free to contact us or visit our website at http://www.treelopper.com.au to gain more tips and clues to assist you.