If you have trees in your yard and around your home, you may have been neglecting to care for them! Trees can get dangerously close to your home, which can lead to issues such as branches breaking off and damaging your roof or even the tree itself falling onto your home. With these potential problems in mind, it becomes apparent that caring for your trees is crucial to the safety of your home and your family.

An underrated issue in dying trees is the possibility of termites. Termites mostly reside and feed on dead wood, so if a tree is dying or already dead inside, it is possible that you might have a termite infestation on your hands. Termites eat the wood inside until the tree cannot stand on its own any longer. Checking for termites in your trees is crucial! If you have a dead or dying tree on your property, make sure to call the professionals at Whatcom Tree Service to take care of it for you. You can check for termites by asking yourself the following questions as you inspect your tree.

Do you see any termites at the bottom of the tree?

Find a shovel and dig a small portion of dirt away near the base of the tree. Termites usually live right underneath the soil in groups, so they should be easy to spot if they are there. Check as close to the roots as possible to be certain.

Do you see any termite tubes on the bark?

Termites create little tubes from mud to go along the tree. It’s a way for them to connect their nest to their food source while still protecting them from outside elements, such as rain and wind. These tubes are no bigger than the thickness of a pencil, and they are usually a reddish-brown color. They should be easy to spot on the tree.

Do you see any flying termites?

While this might be gross to think about, keep an eye out for any flying termites! These are the ones used to reproduce and begin new colonies elsewhere. They typically fly away from the tree in knobbed areas, meaning that a branch has either been cut off or pruned there. If you take a look at the pruning scars, you might see small holes that would serve as an entryway for these flying termites.

Get Help Immediately

If you do suspect that your trees have termites, call for help immediately! Even if the tree does not fall onto your home, it’s possible that the termites will search for wood on your house and begin eating away.

The professionals at Whatcom Tree Service are accustomed to taking care of dead and dying trees in a quick, efficient manner. We know exactly what needs to be done to safely remove these hazards! Please, do not hesitate to contact us if you have a questionable tree on your property. We would be happy to tell you about the status of the tree, as well as how to best proceed. For all of your Bellingham tree care and removal needs, be sure to call the professionals at Whatcom Tree Service today!