OT: Warning on Mulch -- USA/urban legend

Susan Hayek susanann@sbcglobal.net
Sun, 12 Mar 2006 12:50:44 PST
**This warning is being circulated around the internet.
It's an urban legend.
for the scoop.


>Dear All,
>I try to stay on topic as much as I can, but have gotten a couple of emails
>from respected garden writers that are concerned about the spread of
>Formosan subterranean termites.  It seems like it might be worthwhile to
>pass this on. I'd not think it would be a problem for countries outside the
>United States.
>Here was the  first message:
>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 where the Formosan
>Termites have 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 that we have ever had of
>transporting a problem to all parts
>of the country. 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 where it
>came from.

susan, who is.....
owned by Jasper & Schubert the Standard Poodles, Gracie the 
Rhodesian, Pup-Quiz the Basenji and their Basenji brother, Jones.... 
on the North Coast of CA, USA
susanann@sbcglobal.net, copyright 2006

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