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Tips for Pest-Proofing Your FireWood

Tips for Pest-Proofing Your FireWood

With the temperatures dropping, bugs might not be on the forefront of your mind but cozying up by the fire on your living room couch with a cup of hot chocolate certainly is! There is truly nothing better than a fire during this time of year, but bringing firewood inside can run the risk of also attracting bugs inside. Here are a few tips for pest-proofing your firewood this winter season. 

  1. After buying or chopping – inspect your wood! Whether or not you’ve bought your firewood from the store or chopped it down yourself, make sure to inspect for pests before bringing it into your home. 
  1. Keep your firewood at least 20 feet away from your home. Pests are attracted to firewood, so the further away it is stored from your home, the further away they will stay.
  1.  Store firewood off-ground. Insects and bugs can’t get into your firewood as much if it is elevated off of the ground. 
  1. Store firewood away from trees. Like storing firewood off-ground, storing away from trees will minimize the risk of bugs getting into it. 
  1. First in, first out. This is a classic rule of thumb to go by – always use the oldest wood first. This will help from keeping certain logs outside for too long. It will also keep an infestation from building upon the logs. 
  1. Don’t let the wood sit – burn immediately once inside! Don’t let firewood sit in your home. You want to make sure to start burning it immediately after bringing it inside. If you let the wood sit in your home, it gives pests more opportunity to crawl out and find shelter in your home. 
  1. Enjoy your pest-free cozy fire! 

Are you still having pest problems? Our Bug Guys would love to help you pest-proof your home this winter! Give us a ring at 706-309-0881 or reach out to us here.