Tree Care: An Introductory Guide
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Tree Care: An Introductory Guide

Palm trees are one of the most decorative and unique trees that you'll find in the warmer, more tropical climates. When properly cared for, these trees can be beautiful and full of foliage. However, knowing how to care for them isn't always easy. That's probably why you're here. If it is, then you're in the right place. This site is dedicated to the care and maintenance of all sorts of trees, including tropical varieties like palm trees. The information on this page can help you to understand which of the basic care steps you can do yourself and which steps are best done by a local tree service.

Tree Care: An Introductory Guide

Should You Remove A Tree That's Harboring Wildlife?

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From bees and wasps to owls, rodents, and even bats, many different varieties of wildlife naturally live or nest in trees. But if the tree where they're living is too close to your house, they could become pests or simply cause a nuisance. In some cases, you may need to have the tree removed but not necessarily always. 

Here are some questions to ask when you're faced with a wildlife-harboring tree near your home.

1. Is the wildlife causing a hazard or nuisance?

The first question to ask is whether the wildlife is disruptive or likely to threaten your safety or that of your family, pets, or neighbors. If not, you may not have any real need to remove the creatures or their home. But some wildlife such as termites could move into your home and cause structural damage, and others such as rodents may carry diseases.

2. Is the wildlife a protected species?

If your tree is harboring bats, you may understandably want to get the problem solved quickly, even if it means throwing out the whole tree. But it may not be that simple. Many bats are protected creatures, and you could be violating laws by disturbing their resting place. So you may want to call a wildlife rescue and ask what your options are before you start cutting anything down.

3. Would an exterminator be a better choice?

If the tree itself is healthy and the wildlife would be easy to extricate from the tree, you may want to call a wildlife expert or an exterminator rather than a tree service. But if the tree keeps attracting hazardous or annoying pests even after extermination or relocation, you may want to have the tree removed as well (after removing any dangerous wildlife).

4. Will the wildlife move out on its own?

A severe, long-lasting wildlife infestation may be a bigger deal than one or two temporary nests. Some types of wildlife may only nest for a few weeks before moving out on their own. In this case, you may want to try a wait-and-see approach.

5. Is the wildlife there because the tree is dying?

In some cases, you may discover a wildlife infestation that's only present because the tree is already in dire straits. For example, termites are drawn to dead wood, so if your tree has termites, that could be a sign it's partially dead. In many cases, dead trees can be a hazard; for instance, rotten wood is more likely to collapse. So if the wildlife moved in because the tree is dying or dead, you'll want to have it removed.

As you can see, wildlife can sometimes become pests or hazards and may either create or highlight a situation where your tree requires removal. If you discover one of these situations and need to schedule removal, or if you're unsure and would like advice on whether or not to remove your tree, contact a local tree removal service today.