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Question by  sundaysunshine (2)

Will red wood chips attract more bugs to my flower bed?


Answer by  tab65 (456)

I have previously read that red wood chips would attract more bugs to a flower bed. I have red wood chips and have seen no difference at all.


Answer by  ZackRoca31 (18)

Absolutely not. Red woods chips attract no more bugs to a flower bed than the lighter colored wood chips. That said, all wood chips attract more bugs than just using the natural dirt and maintaining the weeds around the flowers. Avoidance of any type of wood chip is always your best bet.


Answer by  ambi901 (473)

it is better to use gravel or stone instead of red wood chips to mulch around trees and flower beds. Wood chips attract beetles and termites that can make a move to get inside the house. If you must use some sort of chemical try red pepper for ants, soapy water for other bugs even garlic to prevent infestation.


Answer by  champaign9497 (11977)

No they are all I use and I have no bugs in mine and if you have trouble with it mix a few cedar chips with it bugs are gone.


Answer by  xtremetree (306)

Yes red wood chips will attract more bugs such as knats. You can solve this problem by applying a granular pesticide to your flower beds and adding water. By planting more flowers and shrubs you will attract insects that will keep the real pests away.


Answer by  Jason41 (229)

No the red wood chips will not attract more bugs but it will provide a harborage point for bugs already in the area. Also, you should never put anything wood near the base of your home because that will then attract termites and you don't want that to happend. That could end up being rather costly.


Answer by  champaign9497 (11977)

If you notice that happening mix some red cedar chips in with them and your flower bed will be bug free thats what I have started doing and I have no trouble.


Answer by  Lisa50 (493)

From what has been in the books, the specialist says that the red wood chips would not attract bugs of any sort. But if properly aged, the nitrogen in the soil can get sucked out.

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