Is Bamboo Termite-Proof?

Bamboo is a type of grass, not a tree. The rounded stem also called the culm, is hard on the outside and hollow on the inside. Bamboo grows very quickly and can be very intrusive. As it grows faster than trees and can be harvested sooner, typically in three to seven years, many consider it an eco-friendly renewable material. 

As you may have assumed by its strong root system and ability to thrive in the wild, bamboo is incredibly strong and durable. 


For Termites:

Termites live in colonies that can range from several hundred to over a million. They feed on cellulose, which is plentiful in wood and its by-products such as paper and cardboard. Termites are often grouped by their feeding behavior, such as dry wood or subterranean, both of which can cause substantial damage to homes and other structures.  

For bamboo and Termites

While it is often believed that bamboo is termite proof, the inner portions of raw bamboo culms contain cellulose fibers (starches and sugars) that attract insects, including termites. Once these fibers are removed, the bamboo is no longer appealing to termites. Thus, bamboo is not termite proof. However, there are ways to make the bamboo very termite resistant.

For Bamboo

Bamboo may be treated naturally or chemically to remove the inner cellulose fibers. Once the bamboo is harvested and cut into strips, put the bamboo strips in the boiler to do high-temperature carbonization, to remove the sugar, worm eggs, fungi, and nutrient efficiently, thus achieving the mothproof and anti-mildew effect. Once these are removed, it is no longer attractive to termites. Bamboo may also be treated chemically to deter termites. The method can vary by the company harvesting and manufacturing the bamboo.

Due to its durability and eco-friendly reputation, bamboo has become a readily available material for flooring, fencing, cabinetry, and furniture. Its resistance to termites might make it especially appealing to people who live in termite-prone areas.


Post time: Feb-24-2023