Dangerous Mulch????

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by NEPSJay, Mar 5, 2006.

  1. NEPSJay

    NEPSJay LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 492

    Got this message in an E-Mail... Anyone know if there is any truth to it?

    Subject: FW: Fw: --Dangerous Mulch
    > > >
    > > > You can check this out on the LSU website.
    > > >
    > > >
    > > > >Subject: FW: Dangerous Mulch from Louisiana
    > > > >
    > > > >
    > > > >
    > > > > 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
    > >
    > > > 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
    > >
    > > > 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
    > >
    > > > 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:
    > > > >
    > > > > Click here: LSU AgCenter . Formosan Subterranean Termites Portal
    > > > --------- End Original Message ---------
  2. PlantSolutions

    PlantSolutions LawnSite Member
    Messages: 62

    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.
  3. Kate Butler

    Kate Butler LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 640

  4. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Messages: 4,899

    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?
  5. ECS

    ECS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,733

    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.
  6. ripple

    ripple LawnSite Member
    Messages: 205

    Nice link...and the link explains why its is possible not why you think it is an urban legend.
    Everybody has there own interpretation.
  7. Luvs2Play

    Luvs2Play LawnSite Member
    Messages: 246

    Maybe someone should call FEMA!
  8. Kate Butler

    Kate Butler LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 640

    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.
  9. amvega

    amvega LawnSite Member
    Messages: 61

    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.

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