I've got termites in a live tree and I don't want them killing it. Is there anything I can do that won't hurt the tree but get rid of the termites safely?
You can safely treat around the tree and in the exposed galleries to knock out the termites and save the tree. In fact, you will be doing the tree a big favor. Termites will readily take advantage of trees which have been weakened or under stress and can live just under their bark causing damage. Some trees seem to be immune to this behavior and in some regions there are plenty of dead trees to keep local termites satisfied but in some areas, live trees are readily infested and die much sooner than normal.
The easiest thing to do is get some of the TERMIDOR featured in our TERMITE CONTROL article and spray it over all the exposed bark where you either see termite mud tubes, galleries or damage. You can also spray or pour some around the tree base and let it seep into the soil. This will stop the infestation as explained in the article.
Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:
Termite Control: http://www.termites-swarming.com/termite-control