Not exactly repel, but close. Termites don't like aromatic woods like cedar and cypress. The also tend to oly infest hardwood if some nice soft pine is not around. Termites will live under mulch because it's wet and warm. Their two favorite things.
"We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle." -- Winston Churchill
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