Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Termites In Mulch

Termites In Mulch

First let’s get one concern out of the way concerning termites in mulch. The first concern comes from a problem in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. And the rumor was that you can get termites from the mulch and that is just about what it is, a rumor. The universities have written some articles on this matter. Some information comes from those articles.

Termites can be found in mulch, but their survival is poor and here is why: the ability of termites to survive the chipping process to create mulch is not good; the mulching process to make wood chips is usually enough to kill a colony of termites. The only way termites can come to your house by mulch is if you don't use a reliable source. Once the termite is separated from the colony the survival rate really decreases.
Even though it is possible to get termites this way it is not probable. The mulch application is important. Keep away from foundation of house at least 6”.
What normally happens is the mulch is placed up against the house and blocks the view of inspectors doing the annual inspection. For the most part the biggest scare of termites is the Formosan termite. This termite has been known to eat through plastic, lead, copper, plaster and rubber to search for moisture and a food source.  
The termite in question is the subterranean termite.  Even if this termite does not come with the mulch, the mulch will make a bridge the termites can cross with out coming in contact with the ground or chemical. Chances are you have the subterranean termite living in the soil somewhere on your property.
Getting termites in mulch  can happen but would be rare.


  1. well i just bought two bags of preen's and they're full of termites.

  2. 6-1-2011 I botuh bulk dyed hardwood mulch 1-week ago. I placed it in an old plastic truck bed liner to keep it from touching the ground. This week, 3-ft down in the pile there are thousands of Eastern sub-terr termites in there. Must be the right temp and moisture for them. Were they in the pile of bulk mulch ?



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