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Termites have infested on of my vegetable beds. Please help

Posted by greenwater87 none (My Page) on
Thu, Apr 25, 13 at 16:30

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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RE: Termites have infested on of my vegetable beds. Please help

You're certain that they're termites?


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RE: Termites have infested on of my vegetable beds. Please help

Positive.


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RE: Termites have infested on of my vegetable beds. Please help

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


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RE: Termites have infested on of my vegetable beds. Please help

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.


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RE: Termites have infested on of my vegetable beds. Please help

Please post pictures of your creatures.


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RE: Termites have infested on of my vegetable beds. Please help

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


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RE: Termites have infested on of my vegetable beds. Please help

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


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RE: Termites have infested on of my vegetable beds. Please help

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


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Photographs of termites eating live food crops like corn

Glenn Gordon Termites e-mail glenngordon27@gmail.com

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


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