How to Protect Trees From Termites


Termites are insects that eat and destroy wood. Often white, black or tan in appearance, termites are usually easy to find in trees by looking for outwards signs of damage. Discolored shelter tubes on the outside of a tree trunk are often the first sign of infestation. Digging into the soil between the roots of a tree will usually produce a significant amount of termites.


Step 1

Clean the area where you are planting your tree of debris that contains or may provide sustenance to termites.

Step 2

Burn or remove all tree stumps in the area, as these are desirable to termites.

Step 3

Remove any plant stakes from the area that may be infested with termites.

Step 4

Apply a termite treatment such as bifenthrin or chlorpyrifos during planting if the planting area has a high incidence of termites. Wear goggles, gloves and long clothing when applying the treatment.

Step 5

Treat other trees in the area being attacked by termites by drilling a hole 500 mm above the ground at a shallow angle into the tree. Apply chlorpyrifos or a bifenthrin solution into the tree to kill the termites.

Step 6

Use paradichlorobenzene on the roots of trees in the area being attacked by termites. Paradichlorobenzene can be purchased in the form of toilet deodorant blocks.

Things You'll Need

  • Termite treatment
  • Drill
  • 12 to 15 mm diameter drill bit


  • University of Massachusetts: Controlling Termites and Carpenter Ants
  • LSU Ag Center Research and Extension: Termites in Trees
  • Department of Agriculture Western Australia: Protecting Trees from Termite Attack
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