Sometimes its not always urban legend! Vermont just had major problems last year in the 'tree' industry with imported (from other states) shrubs that had a devastating disease that spread to other plants-thank you 'box store' garden shops! And if you ever heard about a 'crowd' infestation of poison ivy from a bonfire...its for real, happened here in NH couple of years ago. Group cleared off a park or playground, made a bonfire and burnt everything-didn't realize poison ivy is NOT killed by fire-the 'sap' spread through the smoke and got the whole crowd! So I didn't think the termite story was bogus...figured it isn't much different than other things up here!