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Re: Termites in Shrubs


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Posted by John Fasoldt on 18:48:22 2/5/2015 from 173.61.190.37:

In reply to: Termites in Shrubs posted by Worried Homeowner on 18:59:49 1/28/2015 from 71.170.152.96:

OOPS! Sorry. I missed your post!

SHORT ANSWER:
Don't worry about it.

LONG ANSWER:
Termites don't attack LIVE wood. Just wood that's dead. As far as removing the dead bushes, that's up to you. It really doesn't "attract" them, there's plenty of wooden artifacts in most soils.

As far as the tree is concerned, same thing there. They don't attack live portions of a tree, but they will attack the parts that are dead. Towards the end of a tree's natural lifetime, you may experience this. And as far as "removing" the tree, you wouldn't really remove it because of a termite problem, but more so if the tree was a hazard by falling down. There again, there's PLENTY of wood in the ground, roots, other artifacts, so removing it would just be to make you and your property safe. If you have any doubts, talk to a tree surgeon about whether you need his help or a recommendation on whether you need to pull it down.

Hope that helps...

---John



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