Termites in mulch???

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by stumped, May 14, 2006.

  1. stumped

    stumped LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    I went to get some mulch and this guy comes over to me and says, "I'd be careful buying mulch this year. They cut up all those downed trees from Katrina and they were full of termites, I wouldn't want to be putting termite infested mulch next to my house."
    Is this guy nuts? :dizzy: I wanted to get some red cedar, termites can't make it through the coloring process can they??:confused:
  2. Travel'n Trees

    Travel'n Trees LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 631

    Bugs, and termites come with having mulch, Katrina or not. Just Katrina stuff is worse.
  3. TWUllc

    TWUllc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 406

    Don't sweat it. Just get to know your supplyer.
  4. lugnut#6

    lugnut#6 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 404

    they're referring to the Formosa termite we have down here.

    bad lil critter...

    i don't believe,but don't quote me,that they will survive that far north.they came from the Asian tropics.japan,Guam,the Philippians etc.they like warm weather and if the ground freezes,which doesn't happen here,it may kill them.

    i wouldn't worry to much about em in new york.but use your own best judgment.
  5. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,524

    I think it was my most recent "Landscape & Irrigation" magazine had an article on this very subject. To make a long story short, this has been a fairly big urban legend spreading around the internet. :)
  6. Duck Dodger

    Duck Dodger LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 347

    Not to get too far off topic but does anyone really ship mulch from the gulf coast all the way to ny. I think that would be pricy.
  7. Travel'n Trees

    Travel'n Trees LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 631

    It is in K.C..
  8. stumped

    stumped LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    I did some checking on the open net, you're right it is out there.
    According to those spreading the rumor, it's being sold to the big box stores like Lowes and Home Depot.
    Don't buy mine there so I'm probably good to go, Thanks.
  9. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    That BS urban legend came through the Pacific NW a few months ago. I immediately knew it was BS because of shipping costs. Around here I can get a pallet of bagged mulch for $81. You can fit 24 pallets on a 48 foot flatdeck semi trailer. So, that whole truckload of mulch is only worth $1944. It costs a heck of a lot more than that to get a truck to go from the Gulf coast to the Pacific NW. Even if the mulch was shredded, bagged and palletized at no cost, they would have to sell it for much more that the local stuff to make it pencil out.
  10. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,524

    From what I can recall from the article, there are some fairly tight restrictions on things like this and getting stuff like mulch out of that area. Not that the Katrina stuff has been too organized.

    But hey, if this story gets big enough, maybe the homeowners will be too frightened to buy Lowe's or Home Depot stuff and call their local LCO.payup

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