Bark Mulches as psssible termite attractants?

Asked January 18, 2016, 1:22 PM EST

Are termites attracted to bark mulches and wood chips, and if so, are there chips and mulches which are less likely to be a focus of termite attention? Thanks for your assistance, and belated Happy New Year greetings.

Montgomery County Maryland

1 Response

Termites are native insects, and we all have some in the vicinity of our homes naturally. For this reason it is important to mulch properly; leave a 12-18 inch barrier of bare soil next to your foundation and do not have more than 2-3 inches of mulch around your plants. Termites cannot live in organic mulch. We do not recommend one mulch over the other.
The most important preventive measures you can take to make your home inhospitable to termites are eliminating any direct contact between wood and soil and reducing moisture in and around the house. Please see our publication on termites and 'What You Can Do to Help Protect Your House'. http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/non_HGIC_FS/EB245_Te...
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