Termites, carpenter ants, and many other troublesome pests absolutely love living in the woodpile. They nestle under the bark and deep inside the wood to enjoy their lives to the fullest. If they are really lucky, they can hitch a ride inside your house, gaining access to all your delicious building materials. Thankfully, you can make your woodpile much less habitable for pests, keeping them off your lumber and far from your living space. Here’s how.
Build Suitable Storage 20 Feet Away from Your House
Although it’s nice to have your woodpile within a brief walk of the house, keeping it too close could spell out trouble. Instead, you need to create a storage space that’s at least 20 feet away from your house, garage, and other outbuildings. While doing so, also remember to position it a good distance away from trees, shrubs, and flowerbeds. When your woodpile stands alone, pests have to go on quite a journey to build a colony there.
Keep Firewood Off the Ground and Out of the Rain
Damp firewood makes for excellent housing for pests of all kinds. Beyond that, the moisture makes the wood much harder to burn, more likely to smoke, and increases creosote deposits in your fireplace. For those reasons, you should avoid stacking the firewood directly on the ground. Build or buy a stand that holds the bottom layer about four inches above the ground. In addition to that, either build a shelter over the woodpile or cover it with a tarp.
Use Precise Stacking Techniques to Organize the Wood
Air ventilation is key in keeping pests from thriving in your woodpile and ensuring the wood easily burns in your fireplace. To create excellent airflow, stack your wood from the center of the pile with similarly sized pieces all facing the same direction. Use all the best pieces along the bottom to create a stable base for the rest. Then, as you create each additional layer, turn the wood slightly to create small gaps between the pieces. Once your woodpile reaches around four feet high, start another stack.
Burn the Oldest Wood First and Stick to That Rotation
If pests do get into your woodpile, you’ll want to discover them as quickly as possible. To make that a possibility, use the first in, first out technique when using your wood. Keep track of which firewood stacks you created first and pull from those first. Then, move onto the next, always remembering which ones come next in line. Continue in this fashion year after year to keep small pest infestations from becoming a major problem.
Only Bring Firewood Inside as You Need It — and Inspect It First
Unless you are going to burn it that day, firewood should stay outside. If you bring it in too early, then any pests hiding there could escape and go elsewhere in your home. You could then end up with an indoor pest infestation. It’s also wise to thoroughly inspect your wood for pests each time you bring it in to burn it.
If you notice any pests in your home, woodpile, or anywhere in between, it’s high time to contact the professionals. Our pest control experts will identify the critters in question and resolve the problem in an instant to keep your home in great condition.