Butterfly Bush got termites

chueh(7B)November 22, 2010

I was cutting the old branches off the butterfly bush, and bottom part was moving while I was cutting. I saw termites then moving around the bottom part.

I have a new growth branch out, but most the parts are old one. I scattered some termite killing pallets. Now, what do i do? If the pallets are not killing the termites, would they eat the entire bush up, including the new growth?

Thanks

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jean001(z8aPortland, OR)

Termites chomp on dead wood, not live.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2010 at 10:43PM
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butterfly4u

Chueh,
Termites will eat live bushes and even grass.
Don't let them get near your home.
Keep and eye on them, they move, not staying in one place.
You will see little mounds in a line, sort of like moles, but alot smaller.
Check any shrubs and wood near your home.
Get them off your property, they don't die out in the winter, they will move in the winter.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2010 at 11:28PM
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chueh(7B)

Thanks for the replies. Will do

    Bookmark   November 23, 2010 at 7:53PM
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morz8(Washington Coast Z8b)

There are approximately 45 species of termites in the United States.

Termites eat materials containing cellulose, but the specific termite diet varies by species. Depending on the speciesâ need for moisture, termites may eat dead plants and trees, including materials used in buildings, carpet, insulation and wallpaper, plastic, fabric, or animal feces. Termites require the help of protozoa and bacteria in their digestive systems to break down the cellulose into sugars they can digest.

They do not eat live plant material.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2010 at 9:41AM
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jean001(z8aPortland, OR)

Beyond that, images of the critters could be helpful in verifying if they're termites or something else.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2010 at 12:24AM
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