Trees are the anchors of landscapes and a vital part of our environment, cleaning the air, providing shade, hosting native wildlife, and beautifying our towns. But unfortunately, they can be home to the most dreaded of pests: termites! Learn which trees attract termites and what you can do about it from the termite experts at Progressive Pest Control.
The Types of Trees That Attract Termites
- No, the number 1 culprit in termite infestation isn’t a species of tree, it’s simply a dead tree. Dead trees, even just dead branches, are vulnerable to all sorts of pests, including termites. If you have dead trees on your property, remove them completely as soon as possible to prevent termites from infesting them, and possibly moving on to your home next. Even a stump left in your yard can attract termites. If a tree is salvageable, you may be able to remove the dead wood and save the tree, but you’ll need to keep an eye on it to make sure it’s not harboring pests.
- Termites prefer trees with a low tolerance for damage, and unfortunately, fruit trees fit the bill. The beautiful peach trees that are so famously honored throughout Atlanta’s many “Peachtree” named streets, lanes, avenues, and other roadways are easily damaged by these pests, and treating the tree for termites can be tricky because you want to kill the termites without affecting the fruit if at all possible.
- Another common category of termite-attracting trees is the palm family. Palm trees are a favorite termite target in which the termites can feed on the root of the tree for years before you notice any above-ground issues. If you’re seeing strange patches of mud or mounds around your palm tree, you may have a termite infestation on your hands. Remember how termites love dead trees? Well they love the leaves too, so be sure to clear the brown, dead leaves from your palm trees regularly to avoid attracting termites.
If you suspect that you have termites on your property, just want to be proactive in protecting your home from termites, or need a Termite Clearance Letter, give Progressive Pest Control a call today at 770-791-0055.