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Mulch Mania

Posted by outsideplaying 7/No. Ala (My Page) on
Wed, Mar 8, 06 at 10:52

Before ya'll get that 'scary' message in your e-mail inbox about termite-infested mulch, note the thread on the Landscape Design forum with the same title as I've used here. We just had our annual termite inspection & I asked my pest-control guys about it. He just laughed and said that was another hoe-ax. One poster has some links that are useful and dispel yet another urban legend:

1. Mulch and Soil Council

2. Snopes Rumor site

3. Urban Legends

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RE: Mulch Mania

My dad told me the same thing - several friends sent it to me, b/c they know i love plants and gardening - i sent to Dad, computer guru - and he confirmed that after several searches online, he does not think we have anything to worry about.

That being said - i still will not go to NO & bring back mulch! :)

RE: Mulch Mania

The SNA sent out a mass email Tuesday and this was one of the links regarding this hoax.

"Dont believe everything you read on the Internet.

That is the message Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Bob Odom is stressing to the public as an email rumor about Formosan termite-infested mulch is circling the globe.

The email warns consumers not to purchase "cheap" wood mulch at major home improvement chains because it may be infested with Formosan termites.

"The email is not accurate and doesnt even mention the quarantines this department put in place last fall to keep Formosan termites from spreading," Odom said. The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry issued quarantines following the hurricanes for woody debris in Cameron, Calcasieu, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington parishes. Woody debris cannot be moved out of these areas without first submitting a plan for treatment to the department.

"Ive had my people out looking into these claims to make sure there are no violations of the quarantine. Ive also had our invasive pest expert contact the stores mentioned in the email and weve yet to find any validity to the claims in the email," Odom said.

"In my opinion, someone is using the Internet to cause hysteria about a problem that doesnt really exist. If there are people out there who know about someone violating the quarantines, then they need to report it to us. Well shut the culprits down real quick but it has to be reported," Odom said. "I think the quarantines are doing the job, though. Weve worked with the debris contractors, the Corps of Engineers and FEMA to handle the debris and quarantines."

An official with the LSU AgCenters Cooperative Extension Service said their offices have been receiving calls non-stop about information contained in the emails.

"Our termite specialists are getting inundated with calls and e-mails," said Dr. Paul Coreil, LSU AgCenter vice chancellor and director of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service. "We have posted new information on our Web site. We hope people will continue to use this as a resource for accurate information."

To report a quarantine violation, call (225) 925-3763. The Department of Agriculture and Forestrys Web site,, and the LSU AgCenters Web site,, contain information about the quarantines, Formosan termites and debris disposal."

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