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Found Termites in a tree stump, what should I do?

Have you just found some evidence of termite activity in a tree or stump in your garden? Wondering what you should do?

Don’t Panic, it’s normal

First, don’t panic. It’s completely normal for termites to make their home in a tree, particularly if it is an eucalyptus (gum tree), the dominate genus of the tree flora found in Australia. It’s been a relationship that has existed for millions of years. Tree stumps ticks two boxes for the termites; ideal food source and a great nesting location.

The heartwood in the middle of the tree trunk is very desirable for termites. You’ll find that termites don’t eat the sapwood or growthring sections of a tree.

For termites, trees are like restaurant reaching for the skies.



What are the signs that you have termites in your tree(s)

Termite Nest inside tree stumps or trunks

Termite nest red gum

Termites will secretly eat up the middle of a tree or stump and establish a nest. Being expert Engineers, they won’t eat all of the tree, otherwise it might fall over in strong winds and guess who would suffer first!

It’s from these “tree nests” that termites forage out in search of a large supply of food – your house!

If the girth of the tree is wide enough, termites will build a nest about 1 to 1.5 meters up inside a tree trunk. But normally, most of termite nests are found in the base where the roots spread out of trees.

External Termite leads or workings

Mud-leads on the outside of the tree are the most visible signs you have termites affecting your tree. It doesn’t necessarily mean they are nesting inside the trunk but it certainly indicates they are operating in the area.

Most of the time when you see these leads, the termites are coming down from their arboreal nest high up in the tree to forage for food.

Arboreal nest

Some types termites will build a nest on the outside, called an “Arboreal” nest. Some arboreal nests are like an annex for the major nest that has out grown it’s capacity in the trunk.




Flight tubes

You also might see “Flight Tube” exit holes higher up in a tree. This is where the reproductive winged termites exit to fly out to find another mate from another nest.

 What do Termites look like?
Will Termites damage/harm the tree?

As stated before, termites are fantastic engineers, they know when the are compromising a trees strength and will stop eating. But some of the trees that termites infest have been compromised with age and fugal decay. This is the primary reason trees fall over in a strong wind. *Remember, if a tree falls on your house and it is proven to have live termites, some insurance will not payout.

How to treat termites in a tree or stump?

They are usually high up out of reach for a controlling agent to be applied.

Best why to eradicate an arboreal nest is to prise the nest off the tree and then break it up into small pieces on the ground. This exposes them to black ants and they will die in the open air.

When the termites are in the center of the tree or stump, we need to drill holes to inject an non-repellent poison to eradicate the activity. We then strongly recommend to grind out the stump.

Common Questions

What do Termites look like? What sounds do Termites make? What are the Signs of Termites? How can I check my home for Termites?


Ok, you are pretty sure you have termites (White Ants). What should you do now?

These are the steps we recommend:

Don't Disturb them! Don’t disturb them! Don’t be tempted to reach for a can of bug spray and become the exterminator. If you alarm them, by instinct, they’ll flee back to their nest until they feel it’s safe to come back. This means when you call a professional Termite Technician, (and you should) they don’t have the opportunity to identify the type of termite and might not be able to detect them in other areas in your home.

1. Termite Inspection

It’s time to get the experts in. You really need the full picture of the extent of the infestation and what are the best treatment options. Our Technicians are fully equipped with Thermal cameras, Moisture meters, and other useful detection devices. Check the below Inspection Video to understand where and how we check your home.

2. Initial Treatment

Once we have identified the areas in your home and garden that have live termites, we can offer treatment options. We always recommend to apply a controlling agent to live termites to eradicate the activity as soon as possible. Check the above button for more details.

3. Termite Management Program

This is probably the most important step you need to take to ensure your home will be free from foraging termites. We will recommend the most suitable termite management system that is best suited to the construction and environment factors of your home. Remember, you got termites because there was nothing in place to stop them!

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