We all enjoy sitting in front of the fire on a cold wintery night. A roaring wood fire in the fireplace can bring a great deal of warmth, comfort and a pleasing aroma to any home. But the firewood that is brought into the home for the fire can also bring in many pests and critters. Here are some things you should know about the pests in the firewood and tips to control and prevent them:
What kind of Pests lives in firewood?
Beetles are the most common insects that live in the wood. An adult beetle may emerge after 2 years after the wood was cut. The beetle’s larvae usually live under the trunk of the wood in irregular tunnels. Dry firewood also homes carpenter bees which nest itself in the woods. Horntail wasps also lay their eggs in the wood. Adult horntail wasps usually emerge when the wood is cut and brought indoors. Firewood which is damp or stored close to the ground may also attract termites and other insects.
Can these Pests damage my home?
Few firewood insects are known to harm your property. If you don’t store the wood inside your house then you don’t have to worry about the critters infesting your home.
How to prevent firewood Pests?
Here are some simple tips that you can follow to prevent the firewood from infesting with pests.
- Dry firewood quickly. The drier the wood, the less likely it will be hospitable to the insects.
- Firewood should be stored away from your property and off the ground
- Burn the oldest wood first
- Shake or tap logs together to dislodge any insect before taking the firewood inside your home
- Bring enough firewood indoors to use immediately or in a couple of hours
- Never spray pesticide on the firewood or its insects. Instead, use a vacuum or a broom for the occasional insect that comes indoors
- Never bring firewood from your campsite or faraway places to last you for a long period of time. Always take firewood that you will use in the near future.
Tree-killing insects and diseases can’t move far on their own. But when we take firewood from here to there, it can jump thousands of miles. If the insects are not controlled, they can destroy our forests, property and account for lots of money for proper control.
Firewood should always be obtained from the closest source. Most states allow you to transport firewood from around a 10 mile radius. Whether you purchase it from the store down the street or the state forest located in your county, make sure that you follow the rules and regulations of your state that abides by transporting wood.
Which type of firewood is safe to move?
It is very important to know the difference between kiln dried firewood and heat treated firewood. The makers of heat treated firewood hold a legal compliance agreement. This agreement regulates that the firewood core temperature is heated for 60 minutes at 60 degrees Celsius. In most cases the heat treated firewood is ok to move. In the United States, the firewood that is packaged and heat treated with a USDA APHIS treatment seal is said to be the safest to transport. If you ever do move your firewood, then the best option is to burn it as quickly as you can.
Kiln dried firewood is not acceptable to move. I repeat, Kiln dried firewood is NOT acceptable to move! The regulations for Kiln dried logs is not to the standard of heat treated firewood. There is no defined controlled heat process. One cannot say for sure how long it has been heated or at what temperature. When you see the label with Kiln dried on it, it is in essence meaningless when it comes to forest pests and diseases.
Please research local guidelines for your specific rules.