Arguably one of the most coveted features of rubber mulch is that it won’t attract the usual outdoor bugs that wreak havoc on gardens and exteriors, such as ants and termites. Then there are the other creatures that are also unwelcome, including mice and snails. Aside from cedar chips which could help prevent the presence of moths, beetles, and cockroaches, very few ground cover mediums can lay claim to this.
What exactly makes rubber mulch such an effective anti-pest gardening material? Let’s examine the factors closely.
There is nothing for them to eat.
A lot of organic mulching material like wood chips and straw serve as food for termites, carpenter ants, moths, and other bugs. It’s a key factor why these materials are attractive to pests, and why it further complicates gardening and landscaping upkeep. If wood mulching is stored or applied near other wooden features of your garden, such as a shed or porch, termites and other bugs could get to them, as well. This worsens your structural and financial problems.
Rubber mulch doesn’t pose this dilemma, and actually adds a layer of protection for both your garden and the other structures surrounding it. You can rest assured that these unwanted “guests” will find nothing palatable about rubber mulch, and will leave your garden alone.
...or use as nesting material.
Carpenter ants, mice, and even birds use organic mulches as materials for their homes. And if your garden is covered with it, congratulations - you have just made it a target for these creatures to swoop in and forage for building materials. Not only will this disrupt the growth of your plants - it can actually invite even more pests to partake of your mulch! With rubber mulch, there is nothing for these little critters to steal and turn into a nest-building medium.
No algae or fungi, no snails.
Snails are wonderful creatures - but not so much when they’re eating away at your precious plants!
Snails love eating algae and fungi, which exist on grassy and moss-covered areas. Since rubber mulch discourages the presence of both algae and fungus, you won’t have to worry about snails getting to your leaves and flowers.
They won’t carry accompanying pests and diseases with them.
Yes, pests can carry pests with them, too.
We are talking about mice and the possibility of ticks and fleas; not to mention the amount of germs and bacteria they carry with them because they have been everywhere. Rubber mulch does not just repel mice, roaches, and other pests (and in turn, a variety of linked diseases) - it actually keeps them at bay!