How to Stop Termite Damage in Trees


Termites feed primarily on wood, so it's not unlikely there is a tree in your backyard that has termite damage. Termites mainly attack trees that are already in decline, but some healthy trees are infested through wounds. It is important to deal with tree termite problems to prevent the weakening of the tree trunk, which can cause the tree to fall on property or cause injury. Termites also invade homes when a tree is located too close to the home.

Step 1

Remove dead or decaying wood from the yard to prevent spreading of termites states the Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Step 2

Call local termite control companies for options and prices. Look for companies that are licensed by the Department of Agriculture to prevent misapplication of materials. Take your time in finding the right exterminator; termite damage usually takes between three to eight years to be serious.

Step 3

Request an inspection of the tree and get estimates. Determine the worth of the termite control versus cutting down the tree.

Step 4

Choose between liquid treatment and termite baits when choosing a company. Use liquid treatments to create a lasting barrier around the tree and to prevent further termite colonies from appearing. Ask for lethal termite treatments as opposed to repellents, recommends the University of Kentucky, since lethal methods are more effective.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not attempt a treatment yourself. Although chlorpyrifos insecticide is available for private use, it is difficult to apply effectively and has dangerous side effects. Use a professional service.


  • The University of Kentucky: Termite Control: Answers for Homeowners
  • Texas A & M: How to Select a Termite Control Service
  • Virginia Cooperative Extension: Subterranean Termite Treatment Options
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