Nothing's nicer on a cold winter day than sitting in front of a roaring wood fire in the fireplace. Since many insects feed on or find shelter in wood, you might be bringing a few critters in with the firewood. Learning how to store firewood is critical to avoid a pest infestation.
The best thing you can do to avoid insect infestations in your firewood is to dry it quickly. The drier the wood, the less hospitable it is to most insects. Proper storage of firewood is key.
Try to avoid harvesting wood when insects are most active, from April to October. By cutting down trees in winter months, you will lessen the risk of bringing home infested logs. Fresh cut logs invite insects to move in, so remove the wood from the forest as soon as possible. Cut wood into smaller logs before storing it. The more surfaces exposed to the air, the quicker the wood will cure.
Firewood should be covered to keep out moisture. Ideally, wood should be raised off the ground, too. Keep some air space under the cover and under the pile to allow air flow and quicker drying.
Never treat firewood with pesticides. The more common firewood insects, beetles, typically bore into the wood and won't be affected by surface treatments anyway. Burning logs that have been sprayed with chemicals is a health hazard, and could expose you to toxic fumes.
Do be careful about where you store your wood outdoors. If you place stacks of firewood right up against your house, you are asking for termite trouble. Also, be aware that if the firewood contains beetle larvae or adults, the beetles may emerge and head for the nearest trees – the ones in your yard.
If you follow these tips on how to store firewood you should find yourself without worry. However, ff your firewood brought unwanted guests to your home, schedule a pest inspection today!