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The International Compost Sanitation Forum and Message Board: General Composting Issues: Risk of attracting and breeding termites and other wood eating creatures in your compost
Author: 3redgeraniums (3redgeraniums)
Sunday, May 18, 2014 - 4:56 pm
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Should I dump my cover sawdust pile on the ground adjacent to the hacienda? I bought a truckload of bagged sawdust from a company and I think Joe said before it's used, it should be aged.
If I dump it on the ground, how do I prevent fire ants from taking over? this is in Texas.
How close to my house should the hacienda be? I'm concerned it could catch on fire and I want to have a water source available.
Thanks for anyones comments.

Author: Caralin (Caralin)
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 12:31 am
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I live in Taiwan, which is sub-tropical. Not only that, but the mountain I live on is a huge termite colony. I had to switch from pallets to concrete blocks to house my compost pile. The termites consumed the pallets faster than the two years I gave my pile to process (1 year adding, one year composting). Increasing and maintaining moisture are important for keeping the termites from incorporating your pile into their breeding colony.

Author: Knothead (Knothead)
Sunday, April 25, 2010 - 9:14 am
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I doubt that termites would be much of a problem in a well maintained compost pile. They couldn't live with the temperatures or the moisture.
A bigger problem are those cords of firewood piled up in the yard.

Author: Atcosi (Atcosi)
Sunday, April 25, 2010 - 3:59 am
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I was wondering how you can deal with this risk with composting. Will termites and other wood eaters thrive in the compost? If they do, how do you manage that risk? I mean you wouldn't want to breed them and have them turn on the timber houses in your area.

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