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Does red wood mulch cause termites and other house problems?


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2015-07-15 18:28:56
2015-07-15 18:28:56
Mulch and TermitesMulch adjacent to the foundation can provide food and moisture needed by termites and other insects.

This should not be a real problem as long as you have a pest control company regularly inspect and spray.

CORRECT ANSWER:Im told that cedar, cypress and redwood much is too hard for termites to eat because its so dense. So the answer is no. AnotherI am not an expert, so this info needs to be confirmed or refuted by one. Hopefully a true expert will improve these answers, and in the meantime these answers will have to be from a lay standpoint.

Over many years I have been told that Redwood and Cedars [same family] are among the softest woods existing, but that does not matter in relation to the question regarding "...termites and other house problems."

It is my understanding that Cedar and Redwood contain a very strong oil [which by the way is what causes the odor of these woods] which acts as a repellent for insects. IF this is true, then rather than causing problems, Cedar and Redwood mulch would be a good thing for your yard and house, as the mulch would repel insects.

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Yes termites can live in anyorganic wooden mulch but not cow manure mulch

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I know at a branch bank where I worked in the 90's had a termite problem and the company who treated them said they were in the mulch around the building. Now this was a brick building with NO wood against the ground other than the mulch around the plantings next to the building. The termites found a crack in the mortar and/or the brick and did damage to the wood framing inside the walls.

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Both provide a favorable habitat for termites; controlled temperature and moisture retention. I'm not sure which mulch is "less" likely to attract termites. Based on research I've performed on the internet, some say that pea gravel or rock mulch maintains moisture in the soil better than wood mulch, and thus is more attractive to termites. Wood much is better for plants because it eventually breaks down and provides nutrients. If you use pea gravel as a mulch, you need to make sure to choose plants that can handle the added heat because pea gravel will retain heat more than wood mulch. I'm not an expert. I've picked up this info by researching the internet.

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Termites are attracted to areas where moisture accumulates in and around your home, including damp basements, laundry rooms, bathrooms and leaky foundation walls.WoodTermites will eat any kind of wood--mulch, rotting wood, new wood, painted wood and treated wood. They will even eat wallpaper and shelf paper.FoliageUntreated trees, plants and foliage around your home may attract termites. Keep foliage and wood mulch at least 28 inches from your home's foundation to make entry more difficult for termites and other destructive pests.AirStagnant, moist air in your home provides the perfect breeding ground for termites, so keeping the air circulating and dry is essential if you wish to avoid them. Put electric fans in areas that attract moisture, empty flower pots and other pools of standing water, and ventilate areas that remain consistently moist, such as the bathroom, laundry room, attic and basement.RenovationScrap lumber from a home renovation stored near your home may be infested with termites and should be burned to ensure that your home does not become reinfested.EarthIf any portion of your home is in direct contact with the soil or plant material in your yard, you may be giving easy access to termites. Again, keep all foliage, soil and mulching at least 28 inches from your home's foundation.MulchWood mulch is attractive to termites. Use mulch sparingly around the foundation of your home, and be sure to choose mulch types that are less likely to attract pests, such as rubber mulch or treated cedar.-Mrs. Stypayhorlikson xx

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To give you some background on myself I am a 30 year landscape veteran that went back to school in 2003. I have studied this question in my horticulture classes back in 2003 and as I remember I was told that termites do not eat mulch that termites only ate solid wood and was backed by scientific data. As a good student I agreed and to listen to my teacher because that is what you go to school for and I have always been hungry for knowllage.Recently I done more research on the study to prove my education. The first thing a person has to understand is that termites are are subterane


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