Why Mulch Attracts Termites?

You may have taken every precaution to avoid termites around your home this year, but have you considered mulch? That’s right, mulch is a serious attraction for termites and could pose a serious danger to your home and your garden. But why is mulch such a delicious treat for termites? And how can you avoid infestations? Here is what you need to know!

The Link Between Mulch And Termites

mulch and termites
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While there are some rumors that stores sell infested mulch to their customers, let us reassure you that this is very unlikely. Termites would not survive long in the bag of mulch, so the chances of finding live termites in any bag of mulch are slim. However, you may wonder why mulch is linked to termites so often?

Well, termites find themselves attracted to mulch for many different reasons. One of the more dominant reasons is the moisture mulch provides in your garden. While the moisture is great for your plants and your shrubbery, they also create a great environment for termites to survive.

Now, it is interesting to know that termites that feed on mulch have a much lower survival rate than termites that feed on solid wood. However, that does not take away from the fact that mulch creates a perfect living environment for any kind of termite. In other words, having mulch in your garden is almost an open invitation for termite infestations.

Does This Mean I Cannot Use Mulch At All?

Not necessarily. Since the link between mulch and termites are widely documented, mulch manufacturers do everything they can to provide termite-resistant mulch. While termites are attracted to certain types of wood and happily feed on it, other types of wood can actually be poisonous for termites and can reduce their survival rate.

One of the recommended termite-resistant mulches is made from cypress heartwood. Research indicates that this type of wood actually repels termites. There are other options as well, including cedar mulch.

Please note that even termite-resistant mulch does not take away from the fact that mulch still attracts termites because of the environment it creates. The moisture is the primary attraction for termites, not mulch as a feeding source. So, if you have to choose mulch for your garden, you must consider other termite-repelling measures around your home.


To avoid infestations, make sure you keep the mulch away from your home, this includes door frames and even the foundation. Ideally, there should be a distance of at least six inches between the mulch and the foundation. You can also use some gravel as an additional layer of protection, but you should still keep an eye out for potential infestations.

Need Advice On Termite Infestations And Prevention?

Have you been struggling with persistent termite infestations? Or do you want to prevent termite infestations in your home? Get some help from the experts at Apex Pest Control! Give our team a call today and uncover tailored advice and services for your home and garden.

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