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NEPSJay
03-05-2006, 08:46 AM
Got this message in an E-Mail... Anyone know if there is any truth to it?




Subject: FW: Fw: --Dangerous Mulch
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> > > You can check this out on the LSU website.
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> > > >Subject: FW: Dangerous Mulch from Louisiana
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> > > > If you use mulch around your house be very careful about buying
> > > mulch this year. After the hurricane in New Orleans many trees were
> > > blown over. These trees were then turned into mulch and the state is
> > > trying to get rid of tons and tons of this mulch to any state or company
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> > > who will come and haul it away. So it will be showing up in Home Depot
> > > and Lowes at dirt cheap prices with one huge problem; Formosan Termites
> > > will be the bonus in many of those bags. New Orleans is one of the few
> > > areas in the country were the Formosan Termites has gotten a strong hold
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> > > and most of the trees blown down were already badly infested with those
> > > termites. Now we may have the worst case of transporting a problem to
> > > all parts of the country that we have ever had. These termites can eat a
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> > > house in no time at all and we have no good control against them, so
> > > tell your friends that own homes to avoid cheap mulch and know were it
> > > came from.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > Here's the link:
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> > > > Click here: LSU AgCenter . Formosan Subterranean Termites Portal
> > > --------- End Original Message ---------

PlantSolutions
03-05-2006, 09:05 AM
I received the same e-mail, but I don't know how much validity there is to it. I don't believe in buying cheap mulch, so I am not too worried. Just don't buy mulch from Home Depot.

Kate Butler
03-05-2006, 11:42 AM
As logical as it sounds, this is an urban legend. Here's the link explaining why:

http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/household/termites.asp

olderthandirt
03-05-2006, 11:58 AM
What temps kill the termite? My mulch piles generate a lot of heat as they break down so if some should escape the quarentied areas would they be able to survive the heat in the decaying mulch? and if they could for how long, and what about freezing temps?

ECS
03-05-2006, 12:08 PM
This termite hitches a ride to new areas in infested cellulose. At the time of this writing, the number one method of spreading the Formosan subterranean termite is infested railroad ties. The second most important method of spreading the Formosan subterranean termite is infested utility poles. Other methods of spreading the termite include: wood from structures, lumber, pallets, landscape timbers, wood used in the oil industry, firewood, trees, woody plants, sawdust, mulch, wood in boats, potted plants, mobile homes, homes and paper.

All woody debris in the quarantined areas is going to an approved landfill within the designated quarantine area. There are a multitude of government (state and federal) agencies that are looking at this debris every day as it is deposited into these landfills. The contractors mulching and hauling the debris know the regulations and are abiding by them according to the quarantine requirements. If there is anyone with knowledge of debris moving out of a quarantine area, they should contact our 24-hour hotline at 225-925-3763.


Movement of wood or cellulose material is prohibited unless either (1) it is fumigated or treated for Formosan subterranean termites and is approved for movement by the commissioner or his designee(s) or (2) written authorization is given by the commissioner or his designee(s) for the movement of untreated wood or cellulose material from the quarantined parishes.

Now that should really make you feel safe about buying mulch. Don't worry about it, someone else is in charge. In fact our gvt. is taking care of the problem. I feel so much better now.

ripple
03-05-2006, 12:10 PM
As logical as it sounds, this is an urban legend. Here's the link explaining why:

http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/household/termites.asp

Nice link...and the link explains why its is possible not why you think it is an urban legend.
Everybody has there own interpretation.

Luvs2Play
03-05-2006, 12:11 PM
Maybe someone should call FEMA!

Kate Butler
03-05-2006, 01:45 PM
Nice link...and the link explains why its is possible not why you think it is an urban legend.
Everybody has there own interpretation.

My apologies, the site calls itself "the urban legends page". I was taking their word for it. As far am I'm able to ascertain, they're right far more than they're wrong.

amvega
03-05-2006, 08:30 PM
They just a special on the news last night. The trees in New Orleans is being mulched up, but they will not be selling it for mulch. They will be sending it to land fills. Also, I would really like to see how termits can live in mulch piles. Have you ever seen the temp. or touched mulch that you are spreading. It's extremely hot.