There’s nothing better than a nice warm fire in the middle of the winter in St. Louis. But firewood can be a problem because, along with the logs, you could be carrying in pests that are bound to love your home as much as you do.
There are wood eating pests like termites, wood carving pests like carpenter ants, and many other beetles and critters that love to spend time nesting in the stack of firewood. The good news is that you do not have to let these pests into your home and in fact you can prevent them altogether if you take a few steps to safeguard your firewood from pests.
Keep firewood outside until you are ready to put it directly into the fire. Although it’s much easier to keep a stack of wood near the fire or in the garage, you give pests ample opportunity to abandon the firewood and to start exploring your home.
Keep firewood away from the exterior of the home. It is recommended to keep the firewood at least 20 to 30 feet away from the home so that if there are pests on the wood, they will be less likely to wander to your front door (or any other openings they can find).
Store the firewood up off of the ground. Since most insects crawl on the ground, it is a good idea to keep the firewood from touching the ground and thus making it much harder for pests to gain access to your stack of firewood.
Have a cover for your stack of firewood. The only things that pests like termites like more than a stack of wood is a stack of damp wood. Keep the firewood covered to avoid pests and to burn better once inside.
Consider building a wood shed that is just for your firewood to live. Not only will the wood be off the ground but it will have walls to protect it from any pest infestations and the cold, damp winter elements.
Of course it is possible that you will spot a few bugs on your firewood this winter season. But remember, do not treat your firewood with pesticides! In addition to being ineffective against burrowing pests, burning wood that has been sprayed with pesticides is dangerous for the whole family.
If you find that your home in St. Louis, Columbia or elsewhere in Mid-Missouri has any pest activity as a result of a warm winter fire or for any other reason, be sure to have the St. Louis pest control pros at Rottler assess the situation. Some wood infesting pests like termites and carpenter ants can have devastating effects to your home including the structures so it is not something that you want to let go or attempt to treat on your own. To learn more about Rottler’s safe and effective pest control services to help protect your home from wood infesting pests and other winter pest activity, please contact us today.