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I'm reluctant to use wood chips or none cypress mulch around my trees because even if there's just a minuscule chance of creating a conducive environment for termites I don't want to take that chance. I could get all i want from tree trimming operations.
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Re: Does wood chips around your trees and in your garden attract termites
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2020, 07:12:20 AM »
I have used woodchips extensively in the last 2 years. And our area in termite prone. Just discovered a neighborís mango stump eaten by termites because she didnít make a slant cut while topping, the water collected over the stump and hence the result. I have turned my woodchip carpet inside out many times out of curiosity. All i found so far was a white network of mold like structure which could be fungi of some sort.And tons of millipedes, the mulch laid 6 months ago is an inch of brown dust now, but grubs also like this rich layer together with millipedes...so i guess they decompose faster than termites can meal on them, at least here down south where winters have been warm the last few yrs.

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Re: Does wood chips around your trees and in your garden attract termites
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2020, 08:10:01 AM »
I have used woodchips extensively in the last 2 years. And our area in termite prone. Just discovered a neighborís mango stump eaten by termites because she didnít make a slant cut while topping, the water collected over the stump and hence the result. I have turned my woodchip carpet inside out many times out of curiosity. All i found so far was a white network of mold like structure which could be fungi of some sort.And tons of millipedes, the mulch laid 6 months ago is an inch of brown dust now, but grubs also like this rich layer together with millipedes...so i guess they decompose faster than termites can meal on them, at least here down south where winters have been warm the last few yrs.
Thank you for your observations that is useful. From a preliminary search of the net the only nugget of information that stands out in my mind is that they say that it provides a pool of moisture or a comfort zone for termites to explore. They insinuate that they don't actually eat the mulch.😊
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Re: Does wood chips around your trees and in your garden attract termites
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2020, 08:10:54 AM »
Termites burrow into dead wood to eat it. Canít really do that with wood chips. I only ever seen termites in old tree stumps, rotted fence post, and yes house framing

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Re: Does wood chips around your trees and in your garden attract termites
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2020, 08:14:32 AM »
Termites burrow into dead wood to eat it. Canít really do that with wood chips. I only ever seen termites in old tree stumps, rotted fence post, and yes house framing
Thank you for your input The Farmhouse is the part  that I'm worried about :)
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Re: Does wood chips around your trees and in your garden attract termites
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2020, 08:17:49 AM »
Another thing is ants and termites are mortal enemies. Leave any ant mounds near your farmhouse.

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Re: Does wood chips around your trees and in your garden attract termites
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2020, 08:19:08 AM »
Yes there is a real risk of attracting termites and keep woodchips well away from the house and wooden structures.

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Re: Does wood chips around your trees and in your garden attract termites
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2020, 08:49:43 AM »
I have gotten centipedes in my house from wood chips. I kept my lawn and only put chips right at my fruit trees. You cover yr whole backyard with wood chips. You will get more centipedes, at least in SE Florida.

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Re: Does wood chips around your trees and in your garden attract termites
« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2020, 10:42:10 AM »
For me, I have seen certain types ants colonize where I put wood chips.

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Re: Does wood chips around your trees and in your garden attract termites
« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2020, 10:49:17 AM »
I've always used wood chip mulch, the bagged Home Depot-type, around my trees and in my flower beds and never seen any termites.
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Re: Does wood chips around your trees and in your garden attract termites
« Reply #10 on: August 25, 2020, 03:13:40 PM »
I've never seen drywood termites in wood mulch, although I did find them inside a dying mango tree a while back, and we get them all over the homes here, but I just found subterranean termites in my wood mulch in one part of my yard.  Still trying to figure out what to do about them.

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Re: Does wood chips around your trees and in your garden attract termites
« Reply #11 on: August 25, 2020, 04:45:29 PM »
It probably depends on you area and the abundance and diversity of local termites but woodchips are a known risk in my area but perhaps not in others. I have often seen woodchips with termites in there even co habiting with ants. It is a coincidence someone mentioned centipedes as I had one in my bedroom yesterday that I nearly stepped on when I got up on the morning. This 6 inch agitated green invertebrate showed some backbone in its fight to the death.

 

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