Firewood PestsIn Spring on January 14, 2014 at 9:04 pm | Written by admin
The Chicago area is experiencing one of the coldest winters in years and many area residents are staying warm anyway they can. Fireplaces provide homes with extra warmth and are perfect for use in extreme winter conditions such as the polar vortex. However, as more homeowners are using their fireplaces to help warm their homes, they could be bringing pests inside that are harbored in their fire wood. It is important for homeowners to inspect their firewood before bringing it inside to check for wood-destroying pests such as termites and carpenter ants as well as other insects that could be hiding in the wood.
Termites are the most destructive wood-destroying pest and they can be quite difficult to detect. They only grow to be about one centimeter in length but they can cause large amounts of property damage by feeding on wood and wooden structures. Possible feeding sites for termite colonies within a home include foundations, furniture, shelving, carpets, and insulation.
The best method of termite control is prevention as they need food, moisture, shelter, and the right temperature to survive. By eliminating food and moisture sources and taking control of the temperature within your home, you can prevent termite infestations. You should also regularly check wooden decks and fences for termites and keep firewood away from the home and inspect it before bringing it inside.
The other main wood destroying pest to look out for is the carpenter ant. Carpenter ants destroy sound wood not by eating it, but by hollowing it out to form a shelter for nesting. They normally build their nests in dead tree branches, stumps, or logs and infest homes searching for food. They can be seen near windows, doors, decks, and gutters in a home as well as any areas with wood softened by water. Be sure to check your firewood for carpenter ant nests before bringing it into your home.
If you are using your fireplace to heat up your home this winter, make sure to store your firewood away from the house and check the logs thoroughly for termites, carpenter ants, or other pests before bringing them inside. These preventative actions can help you keep these pests out of your home and if you should discover a termite or carpenter ant infestation, immediately contact Green T Pest Control to have the problem eliminated.Comment »