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Milpitas, CA
SoulReaver009
May 27, 2020 3:25 PM CST
So I planted a couple of garlic cloves that I got from the store.

They grew roots pretty good.

I transplanted them, and I noticed that there were around 20-30 termites on one of the garlic planters.

Then to my bemusement, I googled how to repel termites, and it said, termites don't like garlic...

Is this just one of the types of garlic that termites don't mind, or...

Also, I have calendulas nearby, within 3-5 ft of the where the garlic was. And calendula is supposed to repel termites also... soooo...

The next plant is mint. I'm hoping spearmint will deter them. Otherwise I have a different calendula (is marigold considered a calendula?), and I'm hoping that will help....

Otherwise, I leave a trail of honey and sugar and lead the ants to the termites!!!


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gardenfish
May 27, 2020 3:33 PM CST
Yep, those are termites, all right. I don't think they're going for your garlic. I think they're going for the wood I see in there. I like the ant idea. I once saw a battle royal between emerging swarms of winged termites in the spring and some very large ants. The ants won. Hilarious!
Termites are wood eaters, especially partially decayed wood.
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DaisyI
May 27, 2020 3:47 PM CST
I said this once before: You need to call an exterminator and have your house checked for termites. You have a LOT of termites, too many for them just to be in the compost.
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Milpitas, CA
SoulReaver009
May 27, 2020 6:09 PM CST
They just stay by the fence lol.

And that was the dirt I dumped from my garlic pot. They were all over the bottom of the pot. Maybe they liked the shade, or they were there because I had watered them this morning and it was wet/moist and they were drinking the water or cooling down... Idk.

They went inside my zucchini pot before, too. Maybe they eat the roots. Idk

Lol Daisyl

Gardenfish, the thought is very tempting!

About the exterminator... we've heard that if one house has them, then the whole neighborhood does. Getting them exterminated will only be good for a few months, and then it's back to the exterminator. Unless the whole block gets an exterminator... forget about it.
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gardenfish
May 28, 2020 1:06 AM CST
Well, if you have a considerable amount of wood on your house, it might be good to have the exterminator come out anyway, as Daisy suggests. Sometimes homeowners insurance can help cover the cost. And sometimes homeowners mortgages require it. A lot of them do here. This is termite country.
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SoulReaver009
May 28, 2020 12:37 PM CST
I told my family about it, and I guess we're gonna treat it.

Go figure.

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