Termites have infested on of my vegetable beds. Please help

greenwater87April 25, 2013

Im in south texas. I have six 4'x4' raised beds that are growing a number of different vegetables. Each bed is approx 2 ft apart from the next. One of my corn beds has suddenly started to fail. As I pulled up the dead corn plants I have noticed the soil is completely infested with termites. So far it is the only bed that has them but I am lossing 1-2 plants a day because of them. I have a couple concerns. One that they will jump beds and two that I won't be able to control this organically. Does any one have any experience with this? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

You're certain that they're termites?

    Bookmark   April 25, 2013 at 10:06PM
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greenwater87

Positive.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2013 at 10:08PM
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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

Termites eat dead cellulose, not living plants, so while they are present in your soil they probably are not what your problem is.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 7:26AM
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greenwater87

I am fairly certain they are the problem. As I understand termites are not limited to dead cellulose. I am finding termites in living plants that have just began to strt wilting. I've seen many people with this same problem suggest nematoads. Has anyone had any success with that? Thanks for the feedback.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 9:17AM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Please post pictures of your creatures.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 10:33PM
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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

Despite many claims there simply is no clear evidence that nematodes control termites. If you have notyet talked with the people at your local Texas A & M Cooperative Extension Office about this do so.

Here is a link that might be useful: About termites and nematodes

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 7:11AM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

To locate your county's Extension Service office, use this clickable map:

http://www.csrees.usda.gov/Extension/

Here is a link that might be useful: locate your county's Extension Service office

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 6:58PM
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greenwater87

Just wanted to follow up on this. Used a good dose of nematoads and it is working well.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 1:00PM
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GlennGordon

Glenn Gordon Termites e-mail glenngordon27@gmail.com

Please send me pictures of termites eating food crops like corn. Thanks Glenn

    Bookmark   April 8, 2014 at 12:29PM
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