November 27, 2012
If you are not a big fan of colder weather, cozying up near a warm fire is probably just the ticket. In addition to providing a cozy atmosphere during the cold season, fireplaces and wood stoves may help heat your home. Seems like a win-win situation but one thing that you should watch out for are pest infestations brought in with the firewood. Unfortunately, many do not follow proper firewood storage protocol and this can result in a home infested with spiders and other pests. .
Termites, carpenter ants, spiders, and other pests can easily hitch a ride in on firewood and once inside, really begin to spread and multiply. The trouble is that some of these pests like termites and carpenter ants are wood destroying insects so they can cause serious structural damages to the home. Also, other pests like spiders are capable of biting and some species have a venomous bite that can be harmful to some. Whether nuisance or damaging, you really don’t want to host these pests in woodpile or home.
Now we are not trying to discourage residents in Little Rock,Fayetteville and Arkansas from warming their homes and hearts with a nice fire; rather implement the tips below so that pests stay outside when you bring in firewood.
Do not store firewood in the garage, basement or elsewhere in the home, and only bring in enough wood needed for the current fire. Extra firewood laying around indefinitely can lead to an increase chance of pests making their way off logs and into your home.
Keep firewood stored at least 20 to 30 feet away from the exterior of the home so pests are less likely to crawl in through any openings.
Always keep firewood stacked up off the ground so that it is much harder for insects (and rodents) to get to the wood in the first place.
Consider a wood shed to store the wood or at least a cover that will keep moisture away. There’s nothing more enticing to wood destroying insects than moist, decaying wood.
If you do happen to notice that are your stack of firewood has critters in it, do not attempt to treat the wood with pesticides! This will only cause the pests to burrow deep into the wood and when the wood gets tossed into the fire, the fumes and chemicals could be released into your home.
If your home in Little Rock, Hot Springs or Fayetteville, Arkansas has accrued a pest infestation from firewood, contact McCauley Services. With years of experience in dealing with even the worst of pest problems, our team of dedicated pest control technicians will work hard to get rid of the existing pest infestation and help to prevent future pest problems from occurring. To learn more about McCauley’s year round pest control services, give us a shout today!