Is there anything better than a roaring fire in your home during the holidays? A fire can bring a whole new level of cozy to any home. However, that can be ruined pretty quickly when you realize that your firewood has been taken over by pests. To ensure this doesn’t happen to you, A Five Star Termite & Pest Control is here to share some tips to help you store your firewood properly. By following our tips, you can enjoy your fire this winter without any worry of pest infestation.
How Far Should Firewood Be from House to Prevent Pests?
As tempting as it may be to keep your firewood pile close to your home for convenience, you should abandon the idea. Your firewood should be store at least 20 feet from the entrance to your home just in case there are pests residing in your firewood. When they are that close to your home, they will more easily get into your home.
Best Material to Cover Firewood to Keep Pests Out
Keeping moisture off the firewood is a big part in keeping pests out of it. Not only that, but when your firewood is wet, you can’t burn it. Pests like carpenter ants and termites will be looking for wet wood as this is easier for them to eat and build nests in. Whether you are covering it with a tarp or building a structure that will keep moisture off of it, this is an important step.
Stack & Store Firewood Off Ground to Prevent Termites & Pests
When your firewood is resting on the ground, it is more likely to get wet as well. By lifting the pile a few inches off the ground, you eliminate a good portion of the pest problem. It is best stored in something like pallets to keep up from making contact with the ground.
Rotate Firewood to Keep Mice, Rats & Pests Out of Wood Pile
The easy thing to do when you are piling up your firewood is to use whatever is on the top of the stack. This may mean that the bottom portion of your firewood goes a long time without getting used. This older wood makes the perfect place for a pest nest. If they feel that the area is untouched, rodents may decide that is the right place to get some shelter from the elements. As you stack new firewood, make sure the old stuff is moved to the top of the stack.
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If you find that there are pests on your firewood, it is important that you don’t run out and purchase pesticides that you can spray all over your firewood. The biggest reason for avoiding this is the fact that those pesticides will only make some pests bore deeper into the wood to avoid the chemicals. The chemicals that are released when the wood is burnt isn’t good for you either. Leave any pest problems in your firewood up to the pest professionals at A Five Star Termite & Pest Control to take care of the problem safely. Call us today!