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Bug Buster Cedar Mulch

By Frank Whittemore ; Updated September 21, 2017

Bug Buster is a brand name for cedar mulch used in landscape and garden environments to prevent, reduce or eliminate infestations of insects that are potentially harmful to desirable plants, people, pets and property. The mulch is manufactured by A & J Industries in Van Buren, Maine, a provider of several brands of organic mulches.


Bug Buster mulch is produced from the Thuja genus of cedar trees, known for its strongly scented oil. First shredded, then aged to a deep brown to provide good color for gardens and landscapes, the mulch is then impregnated with additional cedar oil to increase its effectiveness.

Repellent Properties

According to A & J, Bug Buster Cedar Mulch repels a range of insect pests, including termites, ants spiders and most other pest insect species. The cedar in cedar oil infused in the mulch acts as both a pesticide and repellent to insects. A study from Clemson University's Integrated Pest Management Program on the effectiveness of natural insecticides confirms cedar wood oil is effective against cockroaches, fire ants and subterranean termites.


Bug Buster mulch is produced from organic materials that are non-toxic to people and pets. The product is completely biodegradable and 100 percent natural, making it an eco-friendly method of insect control.

Other Benefits

Not only does Bug Buster cedar mulch provide protection from potentially harmful insects, it also offers a means to prevent water loss from around landscape and yard plantings from evaporation and helps to control erosion. The mulch can also provide an attractive ground cover in gardens or landscapes.


Bug Buster mulch is available in 2-cubic-foot bags. Each bag holds enough cedar mulch to cover an area of approximately 12 square feet to a depth of 2 inches.


About the Author


In Jacksonville, Fla., Frank Whittemore is a content strategist with over a decade of experience as a hospital corpsman in the U.S. Navy and a licensed paramedic. He has over 15 years experience writing for several Fortune 500 companies. Whittemore writes on topics in medicine, nature, science, technology, the arts, cuisine, travel and sports.