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Mulch causing ants?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by procut, Aug 5, 2007.

  1. procut

    procut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,852

    I have a customer who has a small flower bed under her kitchen window. Each spring she plants some annual flowers in it. Two years ago, she sprinkled a thin layer of cypress muclh around the flowers. This was the first time she had done this. This particular year, she ants her kitchen so bad that she had to call an exterminator. The next year, she planted flowers, but never got around to mulching around them. Not a single aunt in the kitchen. This spring, planted flowers and spread a thin layer of cypress mulch around them, and once again had a problem with ants in the kitchen. This has led her to think that her aunt problem was caused by the mulch around the flowers. I say it purely a coincidence. Opinions please.
  2. Isobel

    Isobel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 548

    I would say that mulch does attract ants, b/c ants are attracted to moisture, and mulch retains moisture. its' possible.
  3. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Sprinkle borax with the mulch. If ants like the mulch they will hate the borax.
  4. procut

    procut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,852

    That makes sense -thanks.
  5. grasswhacker

    grasswhacker LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,873

  6. sicnj

    sicnj LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 258

    i had a few yards of black dyed mulch in the yard, and i loaded it up for a job last week. towards the bottom of the pile it was invested with ants. I have never seen so many ants.

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