How to Keep Firewood Pests Under Control This Winter

During winter, our main goal is to keep our homes warm and comfortable. While you can use an AC to achieve this, another way is through burning firewood in your fireplace. This method gives your home a cozy feel, even more than an AC. Unfortunately, firewood attracts all sorts of pests like termites, carpenter ants, rodents, and woodboring beetles. Below we will highlight tips on how to prevent firewood pests from invading your home.

Avoid Stacking the Wood on the Ground

Stack your wood off the ground. This will prevent moisture buildup that attracts pests. You can use bricks, concrete blocks, or firewood grates to stack the wood.

Store the Wood Away From Your Home

Placing wood near your home may seem like the right idea for convenience purposes, but it’s not. When you store the wood away from your home, you reduce the risk of pests making their way inside. 20 to 30 ft away from your home is good enough.

Don’t Store Firewood Near Trees

Storing your firewood near trees is a bad idea. Insects from the trees, such as bark beetles, can crawl to your firewood pile and then get transferred to your home. Find an open space that isn’t close to any trees and store your firewood there.

Rotate the Woodpile

If you’re always using the firewood on top of the pile, you’re encouraging a pest infestation at the bottom. Older wood is more vulnerable to infestation, meaning it should be used first. Practice the "first in, first out" rule. That means you rotate the woodpile and use the wood that has been there for a long time. This will help prevent you from transferring pests into your home.  

Eliminate Surface Pests

It’s good to know what kind of pests live in firewood. This way, you can easily identify and eliminate them before bringing the wood into the house. Inspect every log, and shake or knock them together. If you’re using a carrier on the ground, check if some pests are clinging to it. We don’t recommend spraying the wood at this point because you’re about to use it. Once the wood burns, it will emanate toxic vapors that can harm your health.

Purchase Local Firewood

If you usually buy firewood instead of chopping it, buy it locally. Untreated firewood from a different location can bring non-native pests into your home. Within a short period, those pests will start breeding, giving you a new infestation problem.  

Don’t Store Your Wood Indoors

Never store firewood indoors, whether in the garage or basement. Some pests will transfer from the wood and start breeding inside your home. Winter pests to look out for include mice, rats, ants, and spiders. If they invade your home, you’ll have a bigger problem on your hands.

Burn Firewood Immediately If You Bring It Indoors

Pests hide inside firewood during winter to keep themselves warm. When you bring in firewood but don’t burn it immediately, these pests will crawl into your home. Burning the wood immediately will kill whatever pest is hiding.

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