Can I get rid of these and save the tree? A full tree trimming to remove infected branches is $600. Should I do this first and then use a product in the soil around the tree? Should I have my house inspected? How effective is the product? Should I have a professional do it. More money. I heard that removing the tree is not a good idea because the critters (termites live in the ground) and it is harder to get rid of them. What do you think. I hate this..
This should be a an easy fix. Here are some direct answers to your questions:
1) Can I get rid of these and save the tree?
2) A full tree trimming to remove infected branches is $600. Should I do this first and then use a product in the soil around the tree?
Definitely not. Wait till you see the treatment work and then prune away.
3) Should I have my house inspected?
If your house hasn’t been inspected within the last couple of years or if it hasn’t been treated in the last 5 years, I would say yes unless you or someone in the family is willing to do the inspection. We help thousands of people do their own termite work so if you’re a do-it-yourselfer, this is a task that’s relatively easy to do which can save a lot of money along the way. Before you decide, I suggest you review our TERMITE CONTROL article which explains all you need to know about this pest so that you’ll be best prepared if you decide to tackle the job yourself.
4) How effective is the product?
Very effective. We’ve been amazed at the results. I’ve been doing termite work for over 30 years and todays actives get results like I’ve never seen before.
5) Should I have a professional do it?
That’s your decision. As stated above, doing the work yourself can save a bunch of money. Hundreds if not thousands (depending on the size of the job).
6) I heard that removing the tree is not a good idea because the critters (termites live in the ground) and it is harder to get rid of them. What do you think. I hate this..
Definitely do not get rid of the tree. But here’s what you should do.
Get some TERMIDOR and treat around the base of the tree as well as directly into any galleries or mud tubes you find. This alone will get them off and away from the tree within a week or two at most. Second, if the home looks to be free and clear, I’d at least spray the foundation with the Termidor as well. This way you’d have a treatment in place should they decide to migrate over to your home in the next year or two.
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