Firewood Storage: Keep Pests Out This Winter

November 13, 2017

Many people enjoy having a wood-burning stove or fireplace in their homes for the warmth, comfort and homey feel it can bring — especially in the cold of fall & winter. But the firewood that is brought into the home for that fire isn’t always quite as comforting, as there are a numerous household pests that can be carried in with the firewood. As much as you enjoy the crackling of a good fire from the comfort of your home, pests enjoy it just as much.

Whether you use wood to heat your entire home or just enjoy a roaring fire on those long cold nights, maintaining a steady supply of firewood can lower your heating costs and enhance the warmth and comfort of your home. If you have a fireplace in your home, you probably have a generous pile of firewood nearby.

How you store that firewood can make a big difference, not only for the comfort of your home but in the number of pests that find their way inside. If not stored properly, that big pile of firewood could become a home for all manner of unwanted creatures, from poisonous spiders to rats and mice. Perhaps worst of all, a nearby colony of termites could start calling your firewood pile their home, and in time those wood-eating pests will find their way into your home. Here are 5 things you can do to deter them and convince them to make their homes elsewhere.

Check Your Platform

Keeping your firewood elevated can deter pests from setting up shop, but the type of platform you use matters. Simply stacking your firewood on top of an old pallet or a pile of used 2x4s could actually introduce wood-eating bugs like termites, so always use brand new pressure-treated wood for your platform. Concrete blocks, bricks, or firewood grates can be used to keep the wood from directly contacting the ground. Maintaining airflow beneath the pile also helps reduce moisture problems which attract insects.

Keep the Firewood Away from the House

Storing your firewood to close to your home is just asking for trouble, so always keep your stack at least 20 feet from your home. By stacking wood against your home, you are essentially inviting wood-boring pests to take up residence in your home.Never store your firewood up against the walls of your home, and always ensure proper space to check all sides of the firewood pile before taking any wood inside.

Before you bring your firewood inside, always check the logs for bugs, spiders and other hangers on. It only takes a minute to spot and evict those passengers, and doing so can save you a lot of time and trouble.

Cover it Up

Protecting firewood from every element is going to help keep it dry. Wet firewood attracts insects, so it’s important to let wet wood dry out to keep the pests away. If you’re struggling to fight the elements, place a tarp or cover on your firewood.

Get Your Wood from Non-Local Sources

Where you get your wood matters, so pay attention to the source before you buy. It may be convenient to get your firewood locally, but local wood could harbor pests that could be harmful to your property.

Buying your firewood from non-local sources can mitigate the risk of local pests, so source your winter fuel accordingly. You still need to check the wood, and the platform carefully, but buying from non-local sources will give you one less thing to worry about.

Don’t Play Favorites

If you’re always using the wood you place on the top of the stack and refilling the pile before you reach the pieces on the bottom, the aging, unused firewood could make a snazzy new home for pests. By rotating the pile and using all the wood on a regular basis, you’ll lessen the risk of pests infesting the stack.

Burning firewood can be a great way to save money, but it is important to store your wood properly. The tips listed above can help you keep your wood pile safe and free of pests. If your firewood has brought unwanted guests into your home, we have several great Pest Control companies around Atlanta that our clients love. Call us today for the list of our preferred partners!

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