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Does Mulch Attract Bugs?

Does Mulch Attract Bugs?


It’s been our experience that mulch itself does not attract bugs, but may provide a home for those already living in your garden. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing, as the majority of insects in a landscape are actually healthy for the plant material.

A layer of mulch is important for retaining moisture and those little critters will aid in the decomposition of materials that add nutrients to the soil. Something to avoid, however, is an overabundance of mulch (4 inches+). As this can retain too much moisture and potentially harm to your plants via fungus and mold.

Worms, Centipedes and earwigs are examples of insects that take up residence under mulch. These little guys help the soil by adding nutrients as they eat.  What about Termites? If termites are present under mulch, it’s usually because they were already there, as they not normally attracted the mulch itself.

4 Benefits of Pine Straw


  1. Erosion Control– Pine Straw doesn’t float away during heavy rains, and

    Pine Straw Installation

    provides stability to the soil of a landscape bed.

  2. Soil Health– Pine Straw decomposes relatively quickly, providing nitrogen richnutrients to plant life.
  3. Weed Suppression – The stringy characteristics of Pine Straw act as a great weed barrier when applied at a good depth.
  4. Visually Appealing – The essence of a natural landscape look, with a rich golden hue.