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Will Termites - White Ants Eat Bamboo?

Updated: Feb 18, 2023

The answer is simply NO !

The simple explanation is that termites eat cellulose. All woody plants including bamboo, contain cellulose.

Although bamboos are not widely used as a construction material as opposed to in other parts of the world especially Asia such as Japan,

Don't be mistaken thinking bamboos are weak material. Instead bamboos are a form of shoot/grass that's extremely sturdy. Look at this bamboo scaffolding technique done in Hong Kong.

Bamboo has its benefits and although not widely used here, treated bamboo can be used against termites:

  • Bamboo can sometimes be resistant to ants and termites, depending on the way the bamboo is treated and processed

  • Bamboo material is more environmentally friendly than most woods and other construction materials; no waste is left behind after it’s processed

  • Bamboo has extreme flexibility for construction.

  • Bamboo floors have easy maintenance requirements; all you need to do is vacuum, which is far less maintenance than a hardwood floor requires

  • Bamboo can be resistant to water and water absorption

This is a termite educational and informational video. Termites are an organized structural damaging pest. This pest is a common problem and issue in Malaysia and South East Asia

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