termites in flower bed - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by sweetass1210
June 13, 2010
how to get rid of without killing plants? HELP!!!

Answer from NGA
June 13, 2010
The termites are finding a source of food - maybe from bark mulch in your flower beds. You can rake up and dispose of the mulch material and replace it with a rubber mulch or with straw (termites don't like either one). Or, you can spray with a pyrethrum based spray such as Bonide?s Total Pest Control (don't directly spray your plants - just the ground around them) or you can spread boric acid over the mulch as a natural exterminator. It comes as a liquid, granule, aerosol, dust, powder or in pellets, and it will kill termites within several days. Best wishes with your garden!

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