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Termites are killing my trees one by one. They have totally killed 3 apricot trees and now they are working on my huge elm. The apricot trees are gone now. I had the elm cut way back recently and they said it may only last a year or two more because of the termites. It has buds all over now. Is there anything I can do to stop the termites? I want to keep this huge tree - and it's the last one left in my backyard. Thank you very much. Termites dont kill trees, they eat the dead cellulose of the tree (trees are made of cellulose and lignin that creats its structure). Most likely there is something else reducing the health and vigor of the tree. I would hire a certified arborist to come in and inspect the tree and the site. I suspect that there is something that is causing decline in the tree like an insect infestation or if it is an American elm, could be suffering from Dutch Elm Disease (DED). Often apricots are short lived and require intensive work to keep healthy. Watering during the summer when its dry can help keep these trees healthy. I would recommend getting a certified arborist to take a look at the trees. They might be able to help pin point the cause of the decline. After that you can have your yard treated for a termite infestation.
Thank you and good luck!
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