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What Mulch Deters Termites?

Termites can be attracted to any type of mulch, whether or not it is made of wood. Despite claims made by mulch companies, there are no mulches that deter termites 100 percent of the time.

Termites are attracted to wood-based mulches.

Termites can be attracted to any type of mulch, whether or not it is made of wood. Despite claims made by mulch companies, there are no mulches that deter termites 100 percent of the time.

Significance

Mulches are able to hold in moisture and make soil suitable for termites to tunnel into. Even gravel mulch, if moist enough, will invite termites if the mulch touches a wooden structure. The mulch will act as a bridge.

Distance

When using any kind of mulch, make sure it is at least 6 inches away from a house or wooden structure. Make the mulch layer less than 2 inches thick, which is thin enough to let in sunlight and dry out termite bodies.

Types

Termites seem to prefer some mulch over others. Mulches they did not prefer, but may still tunnel into, include mulch made from cypress heartwood and melaleuca wood

About the Author

Rena Sherwood is a writer and Peter Gabriel fan who has lived in America and England. She has studied animals most of her life through direct observation and maintaining a personal library about pets. She has earned an associate degree in liberal arts from Delaware County Community College and a bachelor's degree in English from Millersville University.