Invasion of the house snatchers! They’re not teenagers but they’ll eat you out of house and home!
It happened here. At a million dollar estate, a beautiful house in semi rural ‘horse’ country. With big beautiful evergreens towering behind the home. Picturesque.
The Tree -Up close; -It’s away from the balcony deck, 10′ from the house wall, so not perfect but OK.
-Shallow root system – low plumbing or footing interference risk, OK
-Within range to hit the house if toppled but healthy free standing tree, seems low risk, but:
I see dust, like saw dust, at the base, now I see holes, ant holes and……….WOW a HUGH carpenter ant infestation. I could see holes in the trunk as far up as I could see. (Last photo is eye level.)
Clearly a not so healthy tree and actually a severe risk to the home!
The ants had to be exterminated first. Taking the tree down with out destroying the insects first risks inducing a mass migration into the house.
Second the near walls opened and examined by a specialist for ant colonies and extermination done as required. Third the compromised tree has to be taken down. I recommended the wood be removed from the property (Ants can live in and re-infest fire wood just fine, thank you).
So this picturesque beautiful tree that looked so healthy was actually a big threat to this home.
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