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There are quite a few large branches that I keep bypassing because they're infested, some with termites and some with ants. The ants here have awful bites, and I already struggle with them in parts of my garden.

I want to make a buried wood bed. Does it matter what I do with those branches? Can I simply bury them, or will I be inviting more problems since they're infested? Would it make much difference if I cut the branches smaller so I can soak them in water for awhile to reduce their bug population?

It's the middle of the night and I can't sleep, so I may be overthinking this...
 
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I would put the infested sticks in the bottom of the hole.  This might at least discourage those guys.
 
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I would use diatomaceous earth and/or boiling water on the ant infested ones.
The termite infested ones I would use as is.
They aren't biting you,  plus they are really good at breaking down wood.
 
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Thanks for the advice! Looking at my notes the dry season started earlier than usual last year. So I soaked the wood in rainwater anyways, just in case it did that again.
 
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