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Question: Will ivy growing on the side of a wood-siding house attract wood-eating insects? Would this be the same also for trees? Thanks. THOMAS HOOKER HOLLAND, MICHIGAN

Answer: Ivies will provide a great location for rot and wood eating insects to get a hold. The ivy creates the right conditions, dark, hidden and moist that rot organisms like and insects can hide in while starting to work on your tree or house. Obviously, the house is more a concern and the tree can take some vines climbing as long as it remains healthy..

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