Ants, Ticks - what about Melaleuca Mulch
We made the decision to landscape our yard with 1/2 plantings and pine bark mulch and the other 1/2 with grass and plantings (we have dogs - so grass does not grow in some areas). I noticed now we have ant infestations and also some ticks. Do ants and ticks live in pine bark - I know we have to be careful with it not touching the house as far as termites go... but what about the ants and ticks. It just seems since we've done this landscaping we have more pests. Also, I am investigating Melaleuca Mulch - I know it will be much pricier, but it seems like pests are deterred by it. Does anyone know if it is toxic to dogs, if they happen to chew on it. My one dog tends to chew a bit on large pine bark chunks.
Thanks in advance for your input