One of the great things about chilly nights in the fall and winter is being able to enjoy the warmth of a crackling fire in your fireplace. If you use your fireplace often, you probably store firewood, too. Here’s what you need to do to keep it pest-free — and to prevent those pests from getting inside your home.
#1: Store Firewood Outside and Away From the Home
Even though it might be more convenient to have your firewood in your garage, that’s just asking for trouble when it comes to pests. Even if it means baring the cold for a few minutes, you’ll be better off if you can just grin and bear it. In addition to keeping it outside, it’s best to keep it at least 20 feet from your house and preferably elevated half a foot off the ground. This serves a double purpose of keeping the ground moisture from seeping into your wood as well as keeping it out of reach of most pests.
#2: Use Local Wood Only
Even if you spot what looks like a better deal somewhere else, know it’s dangerous business transporting wood from other parts of the country. Doing so can bring invasive pests into your locality and causes all sorts of trouble both for your home and the surrounding ecosystem.
#3: Use Oldest Wood First
Even though it may seem like a hassle to put new logs on the bottom of your pile or to take older ones from the bottom, you give pests a much shorter time to infest wood if you use the oldest first instead of letting it sit indefinitely. Chances are that wood will be drier and better for burning anyway.