How to Get Rid of Termites in a Tree

Termites eat holes through trees that they have infested.
Termites eat holes through trees that they have infested. (Image: tree with termite holes image by Yvette Bessels from

Termites are fast-moving, destructive and hungry little bugs. There are two types of termites in a colony: small, cream-colored worker termites and the winged swarmers. If you see winged swarmers flying around your tree around March through May, the tree is infested. You could hire a professional to treat the tree or you could treat the tree yourself. If you find swarmers in your home, this means that the house is most likely infested and a professional should be contacted.

Things You'll Need

  • Drill
  • Drill bit
  • Low-pressure pump sprayer
  • Termite spot treatment poison
  • Wood filling compound
  • Putty knife
  • Termite bait plugs

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Drill four to five small holes into the tree near the area that you see the termites.

Spray the entire tree with the low-pressure pump sprayer filled with termite spot treatment poison. Pay close attention to filling the holes.

Fill the holes with wood-filling compound to prevent any diseases from entering the tree. Press the filler into the holes with a putty knife.

Bury the bait plugs around the stump of the tree. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for the exact positioning and soil depth.


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