Can mulch contain termites?

Pest Management In and Around Structures March 23, 2012 Print Friendly and PDF

The possibility is remote. Termites can be found in mulch, but their survival is poor because:

  • The ability of the termites to survive the chipping process to create mulch is not good.
  • Once separated from the colony, their ability to survive further decreases.
  • Even when termites are found in mulch, mulch-fed termites suffer significantly lower survivorship.

Mulch can, however, contribute to already present termite infestations, because it provides mositure and moderate temperatures, that are condusive to termites.

 

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