OT: Warning on Mulch -- USA

Mary Sue Ittner msittner@mcn.org
Sun, 12 Mar 2006 12:02:07 PST
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.

And a second message had this link for more information about these termites:

Mary Sue 

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