Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Oak trees

Did you know that while most termite species feed on dead wood, there are a few species that feed on live plants and trees? These termites weaken the limbs of the trees, which can cause heavy branches to break during storms. Eventually, the termite damage will be too extensive for the tree to survive.
Formosan termites are a particular threat to trees. In fact, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates that more than 30 percent of New Orleans’ live oak trees are infested with Formosan termites. In 2000, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry began a program to treat publicly owned trees for termite infestation. This program saves the trees and helps decrease termite populations, which reduces the threat of termite infestations in nearby wood structures.

We learned this on our visit to the New Orleans' Insectarium. I am so glad that the goverment of the state of Louisiana is taking steps to help preserve these beautiful trees.

Aren't you glad to have learned this important piece of trivial information?

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