Tis the season for many yearly traditions, not least of which is cozying up in front of a roaring fire. Hot, authentic fires are the perfect way to enjoy a snowy night; however, it’s not uncommon for some uninvited guests to hitch a ride on our firewood when we bring it inside.
Many pests like to burrow inside firewood, and then escape into our homes when we take a log in to burn. Here are some of the pests that stowaway on firewood, and ways to make sure we don’t take them in with us when we’re simply trying to warm up.
What Pests are Hiding in Our Firewood?
Since firewood is obviously made out of wood, the most common pests that burrow inside logs of firewood are the ones that consume wood for food. One of these is the powder post beetle that digs small tunnels through firewood, leaving pencil sized holes.
This is all well and good, except if you’re not careful when you bring the firewood in, they may be digging small tunnels through your house. Other pests that enjoy making themselves at home in wood stacks are termites, locust borers and carpenter ants, none of which you want in your home.
How to Keep Firewood Pests From Spreading Into Your Home
There are many ways to prevent pests from infesting your house through firewood. The easy way to do this is to only take a couple of pieces of wood inside at a time. You want to decrease the amount of time between the wood being outside and being enveloped in scorching flames as much as possible.
You may even want to simply throw each piece into the fire right when you come in. When storing wood outside, try to keep the stack in full view of the sun to reduce moisture. Also, make sure there is enough space between the logs for the air to circulate and don’t let the bottom logs touch the dirt.
Finally, you should avoid spraying the wood with pesticide, as this can cause some serious health effects when it burns.
Pests have a tendency to really ruin a holiday season, and as much as we try to keep them out of our homes, sometimes they get in because we bring them in ourselves. Infested logs of firewood can cause real damage to your house, however, as long as you keep these tips in mind, you’ll be able to enjoy the holidays in peace.
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