Nothing makes your home feel cozier and more festive than gathering around a crackling fire. But firewood isn’t just a way to make your winter nights beautiful and warm–it can also be a vehicle for pests! Rodents and insects will try their best to get into your home during the fall and winter. Don’t let them sneak in with the firewood; follow these tips from Progressive Pest Control.
Safe firewood starts with proper storage. Never store firewood inside! This is a recipe for pest-related disaster, and also a fire hazard. You’ll also want to avoid stacking it against buildings–it can create a way for pests to burrow directly into your walls. It’s best to store firewood off the ground, on bricks or concrete blocks, at least three feet from the wall of any structure. Don’t stack firewood next to trees, either; pests in the trees will see that as an open invitation!
Use the “FIFO” system: first in, first out. This means that you’ll be using the oldest firewood first, thus minimizing the time infestations have to establish themselves. If you’re cutting your own firewood, remember that late summer or early fall is the best time to cut to prevent spring infestations. Wood should be covered and dried appropriately. Shake logs before you bring them in, and only use local firewood to prevent the spread of invasive species.
If you find yourself with unwelcome guests this holiday season, don’t panic! Call the experts at Progressive Pest Control. We can handle just about any kind of pest control–except for human guests, of course!