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Woodpeckers are fun birds to hear and watch, except when they clearly like a certain tree in your yard. What you may not know is that these birds are hammering their bills through the trees to grab termites and termite larvae. That is a very serious problem for a number of reasons.
All reasons aside, you may be thinking that you can prune away some dead tree parts and remove the termites. Maybe even tree trimming services could help, but would it actually work? Could you get rid of the termites this way and save your poor trees? The following information will help you decide.
If the Woodpecker Is Chasing Down Termites in the Same Tree
If the woodpecker is hammering away on the same tree to get a tasty meal of termites, guess what? That tree is actually mostly dead, or at least the termite-infested parts are dead. Most termites only go after dead wood, with the exception of Formosan termites, which will gladly eat their way through every living tree in your yard.
In order to cut away enough of the tree to remove the termites, you may just find that you have to cut the entire tree down. It does not help to cut away the parts you think are infested, since a loose termite on the ground will just repopulate the rest of the dead tree. Termites have colonies, just like ants, and scouting termites that return to a half-pruned or half-cut down tree will just create a new colony.
Only a Limb Seems Infected
If you are fortunate enough to have caught a termite infestation before they have chewed their way into the heart of the tree, you may be able to save it. It is risky, considering that wandering termites will return to the tree anyway. However, cutting off the offending limb will help. It may remove just enough of the termite colony that you can prevent a new one from starting. It also helps to seal off the cut limb with tree "wound" tape and spray the tree for termites.
Preventing Termite Migration
If you have Formosan termites, remove any and all tree limbs and branches that are anywhere near the infected tree. If you have standard, dead-wood-munching termites, remove and trim back any and all dead trees that are close to the infested tree. While it means you will have less visits from friendly neighborhood woodpeckers, it also means that the rest of your trees may be saved and your home, too.