What to do about termites in your garden

Symptoms

Our “gogga” of the month for April, termites, will leave ulcerous-looking nests and blowholes on trees

What does this mean for me/my plants?

Once ring-barking (the removal of a strip of wood on the branch or stem by termites) has occurred, the plant will die if left untreated, as nutrition will no longer reach the plant’s roots.

Suggested Action

Apply a systemic insecticide with fumigating properties, for control of wood destroying termites, or a granular bait for harvester termites (the latter found on lawns only). Harvester termites have now become an all year round problem. Note: Be careful not to confuse lawn eating termites and wood eating termites. Visit your local GCA Garden Centre for the best solution!

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