Hardwood mulch=Termites?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Stuttering Stan, Jun 10, 2005.

  1. Stuttering Stan

    Stuttering Stan LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,503

    Customer complained to me today the the Grade A hardwood mulch around the house has caused termites. I thought it was treated to RESIST termites. Anyone have ideas?
     
  2. Coffeecraver

    Coffeecraver LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA.
    Posts: 793

    Termites are subterranean. They are only attracted to wood fiber. True “bark” mulches are made from the bark on the trees and not the white wood that termites like to dine on.

    Termites may have been present at the home before the mulch arrived.

    Most mulch is aged and furrowed for a period of time to create intense heat and reduce or eliminate the probability of insects and disease in mulch.

    :)
     
  3. lucky4511

    lucky4511 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 66

    The termite man who treated our house some 15 years ago said that the termites are there - and when we added bark chips to the flower beds it just called them closer. They were already in our home - some slight damage - and the beds did have rocks in them so we didn't notice them until we removed the rocks and added the wood mulch product.
     
  4. Guthrie&Co

    Guthrie&Co LawnSite Senior Member
    from nc
    Posts: 784

    hardwoods will not resist termites like a pine mulch will. plus the pine is a better mulch to use.
     

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