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Termites on Phoneix Palm!!

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    wow i hate termites, they'll eat up your house and by the time you notice it they've already made a lot of damage and costs for repair will be huge. I hope you'll eradicate your pests
    in no time at all.

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    Yeah Randy, Im keeping my fingers crossed Ive eradicated them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smwboxer View Post
    Chances are they are the harmless type. The problem is, if they are harming the tree, the health of the tree has to be suspect. Termites don't really cause damage to healthy trees and infestation is usually sign that the tree started it's decline prior to their arrival.
    I agree. Termites do not harm healthy trees. Even those that eat the dead bark on my trees do not destroy the cambium and thus help in the production of new healthy bark by getting rid of the old bark. In the particular case of my durian trees which btw are blooming now) the older bark is very prone to fungus attack and causes the dreaded canker which can kill a tree very quickly.

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    Yew Sung, any idea how i know if my palms are healthy? They look alright to me, maybe a little underwatered but Im taking steps to rectify that...There are no holes in the trunk of the tree and so far have only found the termites on the fibrous areas near the tops of the palm..

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    Quote Originally Posted by gavstang View Post
    Yew Sung, any idea how i know if my palms are healthy? They look alright to me, maybe a little underwatered but Im taking steps to rectify that...There are no holes in the trunk of the tree and so far have only found the termites on the fibrous areas near the tops of the palm..
    Sounds like your palm is perfectly healthy. The termites were only feeding on the fibrous layer that used to provide the protective cover for the growing tips of of the new shoots. You will notice that they are not eating any of the new healthy growth.

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    Thanks for the advice Yew Sung! Will keep monitoring to be safe.

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