What To Know About Bugs And Your Mulch

It is that time of year again; springtime is great as the warm weather returns, flowers beginning to grow, which means that you will most likely be getting some new mulch spread somewhere within your landscaping at your home. Mulch not only helps the aesthetics of your yard, but it is also great for controlling weeds and water retention for your plants; however, mulch also provides a home for some bugs that you are going to want to be made aware of. Also, we are going to give you some tips to help ensure that these bugs do not enter your home from your mulch beds.

Bugs That Are Commonly Found In Mulch (And Some Features Of The Bugs)

Centipedes

  • These guys are about 6 inches in length, flat and have a ton of legs.

Millipedes

  • These bugs have about 100 legs and have hardbacks.

Spiders

  • Spiders have eight legs and love moist environments such as under a layer of mulch.

Tips To Help Prevent Bugs From Entering Your Home

Distance

  • Try not to lay mulch against the foundation of your home as this may provide an entry point into your home. Try to lay mulch at least 2ft from the foundation of your home.

Thickness

  • Another good tip to preventing bugs from entering your home due to mulch is the thickness that the mulch is laid. When laying mulch or if you have a landscaper laying mulch, make sure not to layer the mulch more than 3 inches in thickness. You do not want it too thick as then the mulch may never dry out and be too moist for your plantation. Also, you do not want it too thin as it will not be able to do what it is designed to do.

Schedule A Free Inspection

If you are worried about these bugs mentioned above that you will most certainly find in your new mulch this spring and summer, contact ProTech Termite and Pest Control to request a free inspection and estimate. You can also request an online pest control consultation. We have technicians that are more than qualified to handle the types of bugs that will be found in your mulch beds, and can help ensure that they do not enter your home!