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.
I got this in an email not long ago. I figured I'd pass it on. If you check it out on Snopes you'll find they say its false. Of course, if you read their explaination you'll find that its actually quite true... which they themselves admit. They gave it a false rating because of the menton of Home Depot and Lowes, which they feel will be safe. Its hard to argue since Home Depot buys no mulch from Louisianna. Snopes puts a great deal of faith in LSU's quarentine. I do not. As always take it with a grain of salt, but don't disregard it out of hand. Snopes is a great site and they do great work, but I feel they've dropped the ball on this one.