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Debbie Hadley

Keep Firewood Bugs to a Minimum

By January 9, 2009

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Now that winter's taken hold, I can't seem to get warm. My house used to have a wood-burning stove in the living room, but a past owner removed it. It's just not the same warming your feet over a forced air vent in the wall. I really wish I had a fireplace.

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Firewood can harbor a variety of insects, from boring beetles to carpenter ants.
Photo: Flickr user Susan E Adams (CC-by-SA license)

If you do have a wood-burning fireplace, you probably have a load of firewood somewhere close to your house. Where there's dead wood, there's bound to be bugs of one kind or another. Did you know transporting firewood can help invasive insects infest new areas? Ever wonder if the bugs you bring in with your firewood could be holing up in your walls?

You might want to read up on how to manage insects in your firewood before you build that next roaring fire. Can I come over and warm my feet? I'll even bring the hot cocoa!


Comments

January 9, 2009 at 10:36 pm
(1) kerry says:

C’mon over. I just bought a wood stove that is being installed next week. I didn’t even consider bugs. Why is there a downside to everything????

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