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According to Eric Eaton “Well, the mulch from Louisiana thing is a bunch of hogwash. Total urban myth, not an issue. I have this straight from Ag officials. No worries.”

DO NOT BUY MULCH FROM LOUISIANA- from Environmental Dep at FAU- Valeria Volin- saturated in formosan termites!
Love Michele
For those gardeners among us: 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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Termite hatch
Attached is a photo of a termite hatch from a cut-down Juniper stump. That’s a sprig of rosemary (with flowers) (upright, not trailing) in the upper left of the picture. Sorry about quality, but when this was taken, I didn’t own a macro. Entire mass of bugs is about a foot (about 31cm) across.

Hi Paul,
Thank you for sending this valuable image to our site. I’m sure we have many readers who would like to know hot to recognize swarming Termites.

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Identify please!
Dearest Bugman:
Today is the one of the first "above-normal" temperature-wise we have here in Nashville, TN and we’ve probably had over an inch of rain in the past few days. I was working in my garden/patio area when a zillion of these, each in single file, took off as if they were flying for the first time. They appear to be flying ants?! I am not sure exactly where they are coming from, possibly there is a nest between the cracks of my brick home. I was happy to see them flying away, but they didn’t really take off until I reacted to the site of them by stamping on them as they were hovering on their launch pad, my back doorstep! What are they and what should I do? Ick! Thanks for your oh-so-helpful knowledge and time with everyone’s bug issues.
Extremely bugged in Nashville!

Dear Bugged,
We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you have swarming termites.

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hi I am from mexico and I have faund many insects in my garden that I cant identify so if you can help me I will be thankfull.
Daniel Vasques Abarca

Hi Daniel,
Did you attach photos? They did not arrive. Where in Mexico?

well first i¨am fome mexico city the capital y will send you the fotos now.

Hi again Daniel,
This image looks like a termite.
(7/1/03)I moved into a duplex over a year ago and have noticed that starting around May-July, these winged, ant-like insects start invading the place. Theyre about 1/2 inch long, and seem to hop around erraticly more than fly. I’ve noticed that most of them are coming in through the vent in the ceiling in the heater closet. There is tree that hovers over my roof at about that point, so I’m guessing they are dropping down from there. They seem to be attracted to my tub or any kind of light once they get in the house. I’ve tried spraying inside the closet, but it seems they come back after a couple of days, and are probably getting in from other places as well. I’ve clear-caulked around the baseboards in my livingroom and there aren’t as many in that area now, though some still manage to get in from there. How do I get rid of them? I don’t necessarily like killing insects and mostly just throw them back outside, but there seems to be hundreds of these ant/beetles and I am unwilling to share my home with so many annoying pests. My landlords gave me a few bug bombs, but I don’t think that is going to do anything but poison my dog. I’ve resorted to putting some boric acid mixed with powdered sugar in the spots I’ve seen them (where my dog can’t get to it), but they don’t seem very interested and keep returning. Help!

Dear Bugged,
They are probably swarming ants or termites. The fertile kings and queens launch from the nest for their nuptial flight, mate and begin new colonies. Spring is the time for the swarms, usually on warm days after a rain. Food will not tempt them since they want to reproduce. An exterminator might be the answer.

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