FAQs - Mulch and Soils....Mulch

Will the use of organic mulches attract termites to my home?

Possibly.  There are always pros and cons when using organic mulches.

Pros:  Mulch can help prevent the loss of water from the soil by evaporation.  When applied properly, it can suppress weed growth.  A more uniform soil temperature can be maintained by using mulch. Organic mulches improve soil structure, and encourage stronger, healthier root systems.  Mulch also adds beauty to the landscape.

Cons:  Some types of mulches can be a food source for the dark southern subterranean termite.  The University of Florida has indicated the best mulch to use for benefits as well as to discourage termites is melaleuca mulch.

See the EDIS publications below for more information on mulching: