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Do wood mulches attract termites?

I cannot tell you how many times we have heard that question.  The answer is this. “Mulches do not necessarily attract more termites than are already in the area.”   Termites like any type of area that provides a moist environment. Termites typically go along in colonies, and even if they were in the trees that have been shredded for mulch, the grinders and machinery would have disrupted the colonies.  Termites can live in any soil that is moist and has a cellulose product.  So if you are considering a plastic, rubber, stone or other inorganic mulch instead of organic pine straw or wood fiber mulch, you still have created a habitat that is capable of allowing termites to live. This doesn't mean you should avoid using mulch around your home and in your gardens.  If you are timid about using the wood fiber mulch, I would suggest not putting the mulch right up to your house and leave an area open between your house and the mulch so that in the event of a termite problem that there is a visible area that can be seen. Also a chemical barrier provided by a licensed exterminator annually can ensure that they stay outside of your home.  Certain mulches are more resistant to termites than others.  Cypress mulch is typically our most termite resistant wood fiber mulch.  
 
For more information about this question please visit our friends at the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service at: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/ent/notes/Urban/termites/garden.htm 
And also an article by the Pitt County Cooperative Extension Agent Danny Lauderdale at: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/pitt/ag/hort/releases2000/newsjune4.html 

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