With the winter weather creeping upon us......
Today’s post is by Steven Belvin, Sr. Account Manager at SafeSourcing
With the winter weather creeping upon us, I feel it is best to crack a few myths about firewood. There have been plenty of myths when it comes to the world of firewood. We have heard everything from how to prevent bugs, to how to stack the wood. The three myths I will be covering are as followed:
- Keep firewood stacked close to your home.
- Bring a lot of wood in now so you don’t have to go back outside.
- Spray pesticides on the wood to kill pests.
Let us start by covering the first topic, “Keep firewood stacked close to your home.” This would make sense right? Why not put the wood as close to your house so you don’t have to walk as far to get it, especially on those cold winter nights. Wrong! Actually by keeping wood so close to your home you are raising the chance of attracting pests and other insects, such as wood destroying termites and carpenter ants. Attracting these bugs will not only be harmful to your firewood, but could also send them on a direct path to your home. Once these bugs get into your home, it will be a nightmare to get them out. It could cost you up to $2,500.00 to have an exterminator come out and get rid of those destructive little pests. Once the pests are gone, it can cost you up to $5,000.00 just to repair your home, assuming they did not cause permanent damage. Obviously this is something everyone is trying to avoid. So to crack this myth, it is best to store your firewood at least 20 to 30 feet away from you home and/or garage. You may have to walk to gather what you need, but at least you will not get termites in your home! Stay tuned to the next blog where I will be cracking one of the other two myths.
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“Firewood and Pests: 3 Myths | Plunkett’s Pest Control.” Plunkett’s. N.p., 02 Mar. 2016. Web. 17 July 2017.