Rufus Laggren wrote: The ground bugs require water, so if you keep the house dry they won't actually live there, just eat and run. Rufus
Morgan Morrigan wrote:Borax powder on the dirt beneath logs?
Spray on logs?
anything that could help?
Rufus Laggren wrote:Hi Philip
>> Rufus Laggren wrote: The ground bugs require water, so if you keep the house dry they won't actually live there, just eat and run. Rufus
> That is basically totally false.
According to what I read (extensively) the subterranean termites require a certain amount of water and they cannot find enough in the structure of a normal house. that means they don't colonize the house, but return to the ground to hydrate.
So enlighten me about "totally wrong". Please.
Joshua Finch wrote:Philip,
What would you consider to be "a little ways" from a house?
I say this because our last load of wood mulch from the city had a small termite nest in it. I managed to kill almost all the termites by squashing them (or feeding them to gold fish). Suspect shovel fulls were spread out very thin along the ground so they would be exposed to the sun. This was all about 20-30 ft from the nearest house. I did use non-infested mulch (we inspect every 3 shovels for trash and termites are hard to miss) right next to the house in new beds we prepared. About 3-4 inches deep of wood mulch. I've been a little worried that we are inviting trouble.
It is a good thing we are transitioning to green manures instead of wood mulch. Our garden is starved for carbon (like most suburbanites) and wood mulch seemed to be a good way to get started, but after meeting those termites we are glad its not a long term thing for us. Needless to say, I still worry about them getting to the house.
So, what are your thoughts on wood mulch near a house?
Rufus Laggren wrote:Philip
.... It sounds like the "dry nest" won't survive w/out constant and active connection with the soil, right?
Rufus Laggren wrote:Philip
It looks to me like the best/only hope for subterr. termites is to break the ground connection (or using it to distribute effective poison) while keeping the building normally dry. Easier said, of course, but conceivable I think. Because no fix is in any way permanent, even expertly applied poison; this means inspecting regularly from now until you and the building part company. And giving yourself a chance to actually do a complete inspection would greatly benefit from building (especially the earth contact areas) with termite inspection (and exclusion) specifically in mind.
Rufus Laggren wrote:As I understand it, everybody not living north in Alaska needs to be aware and respect termites.
Green Change wrote:Philip, you seem to have a lot of knowledge in this area, are happy to share it, and don't appear to have any particular axe to grind or product to sell. I want to commend and thank you for that! It's very much appreciated by all of us.
My question - have you seen or used this type of termite detection/killing system before?
From reading their stuff it all sounds logical and plausible, and developed by an entomologist with pest technician experience. They're not claiming to be 100% effective (who can?!), but it seems to me to have a pretty good chance at success.
I'm looking to find ways to minimise the risk to my house and shed, on an acre in a termite-prone area (Jamberoo NSW, if you know it).
Well, coffee grounds definitely do not repel termites...
Janet Reid wrote:I collect coffee grounds from coffee shops as mulch, worm food, compost ingredient.
would termites dislike the smell or like the sawdustiness of it?