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Forum topic by exslidder posted 12-22-2019 07:36 PM 449 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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exslidder

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12-22-2019 07:36 PM

i was doing some work yesterday and noticed a walnut tree cut down in the yard next to where i was working. The town i was in is known to have termite problems. My question is … do termites live in live trees? i hate to see walnut go to waste but i dont want to bring it to my show and get termites in all the wood i already have.
any imput would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 12-22-2019 08:39 PM

https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/408564

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#2 posted 12-22-2019 08:47 PM

Most common types of termites dont infest living trees unless something is causing the pith to die. They eat dead cellulose and collect moisture as well. Once the moisture level is below what they require they will abandon the wood.

But there is one type in southern US that does eat living trees, like cypress, oak and ash. I have heard of termites attacking roots of citrus trees(and other fruit trees) in a way that causes the tree to eventually die, and its thought that they do this as a sort of future food bank.

And interestingly, the queen can live 50yrs or so.

If you can slab the tree outdoors, then you can get a better idea of whats going on inside.

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#3 posted 12-22-2019 10:22 PM

Here iis a link to termite information on the woodweb web-site.

http://www.woodweb.com/cgi-bin/search/search.cgi?Realm=All&Terms=termites&submit.x=0&submit.y=0#reference

One way to kill them in wood that was mentioned in the above link is to use heat and maintain the interior temperature of the wood at 120 degrees for 30 minuets. I remember reading awhile ago that you can make your own oven and even using a light bulb as a heat source. Someone else mentioned renting a closed trailer and placing an electric heater inside with the wood and some type of thermometer to read the temperature from the outside.

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#4 posted 12-22-2019 10:23 PM

Here iis a link to termite information on the woodweb web-site.

http://www.woodweb.com/cgi-bin/search/search.cgi?Realm=All&Terms=termites&submit.x=0&submit.y=0#reference

One way to kill them in wood that was mentioned in the above link is to use heat and maintain the interior temperature of the wood at 120 degrees for 30 minuets. I remember reading a while ago that you can make your own oven and even using a light bulb as a heat source. Someone else mentioned renting a closed trailer and placing an electric heater inside with the wood and some type of thermometer to read the temperature from the outside.

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#5 posted 12-22-2019 11:59 PM

There are other wood-boring insects. There were no live insects in the tree mentioned in the first reply. Wood with insect borings has a charm all its own.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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#6 posted 12-23-2019 04:39 AM

PPB would make me back off, the rest of them I jump in, both feet. Character.

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