Just received this from a friend. I do not know if it's true, but sure is
Shortcut to: http://www.agctr.lsu.edu/termites/
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.
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I have heard news reports say that because of the termite problem wood
products are/were to be either buried or burned. That's not to say
this is indeed happening or that unscroupulous folks are grinding trees
and selling the product.
Oh...and not all trees knocked down by the hurricane are termite
infested. Very viable trees went down because of wind and water.
However, those little critters are pretty quick so any trees on the
ground for any length of time may now have become termite restaurants.
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