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Treating a new stump found with termintes?7/27
Hi, webbers .. I have a nice stand of Walnuts at the edge of my property, but once Winter was over, I saw the top of one of them - gone! -- I found a fella to take it down, but in the stump, it was completely rotted to sawdust in the center, and there is a red 'star' shaped ring between this center and the outer bark. I pushed a stick down, and it went easily to about 8" before any resistance.
I plan to treat it immediately (*when the rain stops!) with Diotomaceous Earth, a highly effective but inexpensive remedy that has worked wonders for me in other places. Most of the sites that came in my searching for treatment/protecting the others related to Products, many quite expensive, but many of the sites were made or sponsored by the product's own manufacturers.
So, thought I'd turn to you guys again, and get your thoughts on this. I'll re-post too for any of you interested as to effects if there is feedback.
Thanks! - Peggy
Fire would be the preferred treatment.
What is your goal? That wood is beyond saving, so there is no reason to exert any effort in trying to make something useful out of termite poop.
Oh, no-no, Esau! Of course I do not want the wood! I just want to prevent the bugs from moving on to the other trees, the wooden fenceline, or smackin' their chops toward my house!
Sorry if I did not make that clear.
In that case, a nuclear strike from space might be the way to go. Duck and cover!
Peggy, I wouldn't bother putting any chemicals on the stump. Those insects and decay were in there because other problems with the tree like the loss of a large limb, allowed them to get inside.
If the other trees are healthy, they shouldn't be susceptible to the decay and insects.
However, I don't know where you are, but you may want to keep an eye on the others, and look into thousand canker disease in walnut to make sure this wasn't the cause of this one dying.
Thank you so, Keith ..
I did not know of this Thousand Canker dis-ease, but truly appreciate information instead of snotty comments, and will garner what I can from that, for continued prevention and safekeeping of my beloved trees.
I'm in central Ohio, and this past Winter was truly brutal; the weight of the ice did indeed break some branches.
In the meanwhile, I did treat all the bases in that stand, a heavy ring at the soil, then up the trunks with a brush, and all along the base of my wood fenceline with the Diotomaceous Earth, and you should have seen the result! It totally gacked them out, they swarmed, en masse, and I ... well .. killed them. And yes, I have been watching, applying a bit more to see if that too produces any activity, and as yet - none.
The main colony seemed to indeed be in that poor, reddened stump, and it is of note that it has collapsed quite a bit, hopefully as a result of the mass of the creatures themselves dying back.
DE is such an amazing thing, so benign and yet insidious. Today, just to be safer, I am going to 'paint' it onto the steps down to my cellar (I live in an old farmhouse), because they just - will not - cross that, as they seem to know it's gonna shred them. It is also a powerful source of nutrients for soil, full of calcium, nitrogen, potassium, trace minerals, etc. as it is basically ground seashell, and it's a wonderful thing to add in to your Spring mix of peat, manure, compost, or what ever you till your garden soil with.
Again, much appreciated,