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Termites on Phoneix Palm!!

This is a discussion on Termites on Phoneix Palm!! within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; While meandering in my garden yesterday looking at my orchids, I decided to peel away ...

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    Default Termites on Phoneix Palm!!

    While meandering in my garden yesterday looking at my orchids, I decided to peel away some of the loose husk on my phoenix palm and to my horror i found tons of termites hidden beneath the husk! THere were literally hundreds of them..to say I freaked was an understatement. Since I didnt have time and it was the evening I had to wait till today to buy chemitox 75 which was to wipe them out and came home early from work to mix it up and douse the tops of my palm thoroughly with the solution while trying not to get any in my eyes which was pretty hard since the wind was particularly uncooperative today! Finally managed to douse thoroughly and then proceeded to sprinkle liberally loads of powdered insecticide which is systemic on the tops of the palms and the base..Im praying it will be ok.

    I use the phoenix palm to provide shade for my orchids and also use its trunk to mount my orchids so you can imagine my fear! Im keeping a close look out to see if the termites have migrated to my wooden porch..man Im really hoping they havent!

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    This is very serious matter don't give any chance to this bugs you must eradicate for what ever means otherwise your wooden porch begin to fall slowly see what happen to my house..fast and furious, never mine this is part of our life do accordingly.Zain
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    Oh, no!! Your beautiful garden! I hope you can get rid of the termites so they don't threaten your home or your plants.

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    Not to worry about the termites on your palm, Gavin. I have them periodically on the bark of my durian tree and the Chinese yew tree. These termites actually eat the old dead bark of the trees and allow new bark to form. I believe the ones that attack the wooden structures in our houses are a different species ( see Zain's pix).

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    Zain: Yes I intend to EXTERMINATE...!
    Patty: Thanx for the kind words..Im very worried!
    Yew: Are you telling me to keep them?? I did a search online and still havent found any evidence to say that I should just let them be..almost all literature tells me to WIPE THEM OFF THE FACE OF MY GARDEN! You must have very friendly termites who dont completely destroy your durian tree..Anyway Im not taking the chance..! Hahaha

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    How about picking up a pet anteater? I too never give a termite a second chance. Termites, mosquitos, grubs - all are subject to my wrath!!! Not to mention Mealy Bugs, Scale and Spider Mites...................I hope you get them Gavin - at least you know that they will not be comfortable under that bark anymore.

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    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.

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    Don: Amen Bro! Spotted a mealy bug on the palm frond as well! Well and truly squashed now!
    Stephen: Hope you're wrong abt the health of my palm! Its actually a triple phoenix..will take a pic and upload when I have the time..will wait a week to see if i won and infestation is over...

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    Hope all works out, Gavin.

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    Cheers Bruce! Me too.....its sod's law..I was just telling a friend I dont use any insecticide at home and BAM!

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