Wood chips and termites

Someone recently asked me if it was such a good idea to use untreated wood chips near my house due to the risk of termites.  I thought it was a good question and went in search of answers from those who have more experience with it than I.  Here is what I found:

Does landscape mulch lead to termites in your home? by Donald Lewis, Department of Entomology

Does Wood Mulch Attract Termites and Other Insects? By: Julie Day

Using Arborist Wood Chips as Landscape Mulch By Linda Chalker-Scott, Washington State University Puyallup Research and Extension Center

From these reads, and a few others I came across, it seems that if one follows a few simple steps the likelihood of termites wandering into your home from wood mulch is small.  The main  recommendation is to keep the mulch away from your house’s foundation.

This is good news from my budget and for the section of yard where grass does not want to grow.

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