I got this from Spunkie, I want to get hold of the Agricultural department
and follow up some inquiries but I had to post this to get a feed
back......thanks in advance.
I'm glad the area is recovering. Have you heard anything about the mulch
coming thru Louisiana? Will they mulch the downed trees there too?
Heres what was posted:
FW: [Fwd: Buyer beware!]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 where it came from.
Here's the link:
Click here: LSU AgCenter . Formosan Subterranean Termites Portal
----- Original Message -----
Tell Spunkie that he's spreading the latest Internet hoax.
Claim: E-mail warns that buying mulch from home improvement stores may
spread the Formosan subterranean termite.
Home Depot does not use any mulch suppliers from the New Orleans area.
The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry imposed a quarantine on
several parishes back in October 2005 specifically to prevent the accidental
movement of Formosan subterranean termite to other areas.
It's not just mulch from NO folks. I live in Rita hit SW Louisiana and
we lost a lot of trees, I would say 60% of those in our area. All were
ground up by FEMA at diverse locations. Most of our oak trees were
infested with Formosan termites before the storm. I lost a 400 yo white
oak from my front yard. Know for certain the Formosans were in the tree,
it got ground up too.
A quick search on google provides multiple hits about the email
rumor spreading about mulch. There is a quarantine in place since
October 3, 2005 to prevent movement of wood products, including
mulch and architectural wood from out of the parishes infested
with the Formosan termite. Please do not feed the hysteria with
false rumors. Quarantine violations should be reported to the La
Dept of Agriculture.
elizabeth, Baton Rouge, LA
MORE BULLSHIT SPREAD BY INTERNET!!!!!!
Comments: The Formosan subterranean termite has long been recognized
as a serious problem in southern Louisiana, so serious in fact that in
October 2005 the state's Department of Agriculture and Forestry
imposed a quarantine on all wood debris from parishes affected by
Hurricane Katrina. The declaration reads, in part, as follows:
The movement of any wood or cellulose material from the named parishes
is prohibited unless either (1) such wood or cellulose material has
been fumigated or otherwise treated for Formosan termites and is
approved for movement by the Commissioner or his designee(s), or (2)
the Commissioner or his designee(s) gives written authorizations for
untreated wood or cellulose material to be moved from the named
The ban on removing wood waste from southern Louisiana is also
mentioned in a November 12, 2005 article in USA Today describing
hurricane cleanup operations in greater New Orleans:
In Louisiana, crews haul the waste to one of 150 dumps, transfer
stations and temporary collection sites. Some is buried whole, some
pulverized in giant grinders. Woody vegetation is chipped, then
burned, buried or mulched. No wood waste can leave the state because
it could contain voracious Formosan termites.
So, while it is certainly possible that some Katrina wood debris has
crossed the state line through the negligence or unscrupulousness of
private individuals, Louisiana would be in violation of its own
quarantine rules if it were true that, as claimed in the email, "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."
Statement from Lousiana Dept. of Agriculture & Forestry:
The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Office of
Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, has quarantines in place in
the Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita affected parishes of
Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Orleans, Plaquemines,
St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and
All woody debris in the quarantined areas is going to an approved
landfill within the designated quarantine area. There are a multitude
of government (state and federal) agencies that are looking at this
debris every day as it is deposited into these landfills. The
contractors mulching and hauling the debris know the regulations and
are abiding by them according to the quarantine requirements.
If there is anyone with knowledge of debris moving out of a quarantine
area, they should contact our 24-hour hotline @ 225-925-3763. These
are serious allegations and will be taken seriously.
Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry
:) All woody debris in the quarantined areas is going to an approved
:) landfill within the designated quarantine area. There are a multitude
:) of government (state and federal) agencies that are looking at this
:) debris every day as it is deposited into these landfills. The
:) contractors mulching and hauling the debris know the regulations and
:) are abiding by them according to the quarantine requirements.
With the amount of debris in question and seeing the Louisiana
government in action this Fall...I just can't get a warm and fuzzy
feeling generated by your response.
Ha! I have gotten Bad Mulch! It was made up of boards from all kinds of
things, maybe some clean mulch in it, but not much. Yeah, if a dollar can
be made from the wood from lousiana, it will be.
And no problems with money and accountability? LOL! Lousiana has a long
history of corruption, of course so do most cities.
:) Oh come on. That's part of the bible belt. Surely you're not suggesting that
:) upstanding religious people would be corrupt. :-)
Must of been Yankee carpet-ba, er I mean mulch-baggers
As you know by now, the information was not true. Some of our local TV
stations have been running stories about this lie for weeks. One
"consumer reporter" said this was a vendetta against the large discount
stores (mainly Home Depot) started by a disgruntled ex-employee.
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