Tips to Avoid Firewood Pests
December 6, 2017
The temperature is dropping, it looks like summer is just a memory and we truly are experiencing fall. So, it’s time to start bringing firewood indoors to feed the wood stove again. You will want to be aware of pests that are hiding out in your wood pile just waiting to hitch a ride inside your toasty warm house or weasel their way inside through a gap or hole in your foundation or exterior walls. And, once those firewood pests are indoors, they will infest your home and wreak havoc. Some of these pests are mice, carpenter ants, and spiders. These pests range from being a harmless nuisance to dangerous or destructive.
Mice are a serious problem because they can be a health risk to humans and pets, and they can be destructive. They love the multiple crevices that stacked or piled firewood provide, and will readily venture out to feed, finding a way into your home if possible. They can contaminate food and other things with their feces, that can cause illnesses like salmonella. They can also carry parasites like fleas and ticks into your home. They cause damage to your home while they dig, scratch and chew foraging for food, but they also pull things apart to make nests. Their teeth continually grow, so they have to gnaw on things to keep them to a manageable length, so they can do some serious damage to furniture, flooring, walls, ceilings, insulation, and other items that can cause structural damage to your home as well. If by chance a mouse was to chew on electrical wires, it could spark a fire.
Carpenter ants, like termites, can do some serious damage to the wood and structure of your home. Although termites eat wood, carpenter ants are more like mini excavators that burrow through the wood, but still weakening or ruining many items in your home. Carpenter ants prefer water damaged wood, which makes the rotting lengths at the bottom of many woodpiles ideal.
Spiders are sometimes beneficial because they keep some insect populations down, but bringing them indoors on firewood can cause a lot of stress and they leave behind untidy cobwebs wherever they feel like it. Let’s face it, spiders are just plain creepy, especially the wolf spider that is pretty common in this area. Unlike most spiders, the wolf spider is a predator and tracks its prey. Spiders in this area are not known to be dangerous, but they are a nuisance.
Here are some tips to avoid firewood pests:
Store all firewood a distance away from your home
Stack your firewood off of the ground on pallets, concrete blocks or risers
Never keep large amounts of firewood inside your home, basement or garage
Newly cut wood should be covered and left in a very sunny area
Use the practice of FIFO, first in/first out (in other words, use the wood that’s been there the longest first)
Use wood that is local
Inspect firewood before bringing it indoors, remove surface pests by shaking or knocking wood together
Burn firewood as soon as it is brought indoors
Get professional help immediately for damaging pests like mice and carpenter ants
For year-round service in Pennsylvania, you can call on Moyer Pest Control, then you won’t have to worry as much about pests being brought into your home on firewood. We have 3 home pest control programs to choose from that can protect your home and family. Each of these service plans include regular visits by a technician, and our tailor-made treatment plans will address what you need at your home, rather than offering a cookie-cutter approach. At Moyer Pest Control, we use modern technologies along with effective methods to create an outstanding service for our community. We are committed to providing excellent customer service with honesty and integrity, while at the same time effective pest control that gives our customers peace of mind. Please, give us a call at Moyer Pest Control for complete details about our residential programs and year-round services in Pennsylvania, you’ll be glad you did.