About the firewood for wood burning stoves, multi-fuel stoves or solid fuel stoves, we had talked about how to store them outdoors several days ago, it is a good idea to store them outdoors if we don’t have a storage or garage for them. However, storing firewood outdoors, if we store them improperly, can pose a serious pest control problem for the homeowner, these wood-destroying pests may live in your firewood stack, even move into your house and reside there, it would be a terrible problem. Therefore, today we will talk about these common woodpile pests we may meet if we store firewood outdoors, and tomorrow we will offer some tips about how to prevent them.

Such as carpenter ants, flatheaded borer beetles, carpenter bees and powderpost beetles are the common firewood pests we may meet if we store firewood improperly. Next we will talk about them in details.

For carpenter ants, those freshly cut wood with moisture are their ideal home, although they don’t eat wood, they just burrow holes and create nesting sites for themselves. Sometimes, your freshly cut Christmas tree may become their house, but they don’t like dry wood. Therefore, don’t carry the freshly cut firewood to your house immediately, give them some days to dry.

Flatheaded borer beetles, they are also called metallic woodborers. They are not picky about the types of firewood they eat, no matter the tree is alive, weak or dying. They usually lay their eggs in the crevices of tree bark, and it will form a larvae tunnel under the surface the bark. However, we seldom heard them destroy a home, they just like lay eggs in decorative birch logs.

Carpenter bees, they look like bumblebees, and fond of wood with some moisture.  They are known to bore holes into those wood that is weathered, such as, outdoor wooden furniture, fence posts and railings, while they seldom infest structure wood.

Powderpost beetles, especially the adult powderpost beetles like to make home in dry and seasoned wood, even dead wood. They are notorious for destroying woodwork, wood flooring, furniture, tool handles, structure wood and our firewood, no matter they are soft wood or hard wood.

The last pests we will talk about also are one of the most common pests, which named termites. They make their nests underground, where their queen lives. They burrow into wood and use it as their food, even move some back to their nests. If you bring back some firewood infested with termites to your home, you also bring these pests into your home at the same time. If you notice that some small tunnels of mud on or within your firewood, it means that there are some termites have lived in your firewood and some pest control service needed.

Today we had talked about the commen pests when we store firewood outdoors, tomorrow we will talk about how to prevent these pests and offer some tips for you to store firewood properly. 

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