If you've recently moved into a home with a wood stove or a fireplace, you're probably really looking forward to being warmed by a toasty fire on on chilly nights while enjoying hot, tasty beverages. You may even be looking forward to the exhilarating experience of chopping wood first thing in the morning and then lighting a fire to warm up while you drink your morning coffee. However, insect pests such as ants, spiders, and even termites can access your home interior by hitching a ride on firewood. Here's how to keep that from happening:
Stack Firewood at Least 30 Feet From Your Home Exterior
You've probably seen homes with firewood stacked right up against the outside walls or stored on the porch next to the front door. While this is certainly convenient for the homeowner, insect and even rodent pests love to make their homes in woodpiles, and they're more likely to seek access to the home interior if they're already close to your house. Termites that are feeding on your firewood may start snacking on your home if the wood is up against the house or on the porch. Keeping woodpiles at least 30 feet away is recommended.
Keep Firewood Covered
If you don't have a standard woodshed in which to store your firewood, keep it covered with a waterproof tarp. Too much moisture not only makes firewood create too much smoke while it's burning, it creates the kind of moist environment that insects love. If at all possible, place four posts in the ground about one foot away from each corner of the woodpile and about one foot higher than the woodpile and affix the tarp to the posts; this will provide your woodpile with optimal air circulation.
Keep Firewood off the Ground
Your firewood should never be stacked directly on the ground; because termite colonies live underground, they'll be less able to access your firewood if it's up off the ground a little, and it'll also keep the firewood at the bottom of the stack from getting soggy. A couple of pallets can provide a good way to keep your woodpile off the ground, but avoid using wooden pallets. Metal or plastic pallets are a far better choice than their wooden counterparts.
A local pest control expert, like those at 1st Solution Pest Control, can provide you with more information on how to keep your home safe from insect and rodent pests.