During the winter, there’s still nothing better than cozying up in front of a roaring fire. Unfortunately, this warm and fuzzy feeling may be quickly soured if you have a termite infestation in your home.
Termites nest in the soil near a food source, and worker termites will tunnel into piles of wood to feed and maintain the colony. What if termites make it into your firewood that you bring into your home?
Tips for a Termite-Free Fire
There’s a surefire way to know if termites have been eating your firewood. They’ll leave behind clusters of holes! This is best observed in conjunction with other warning signs. Just the holes on their own could be the product of several different pests. However, if you find holes in your firewood, along with mud tubes and maybe even some swarmers flying around – that all points to termites.
The best form of termite extermination is through prevention, and the best way to start is with your firewood. These steps can help keep termites out of your firewood:
- By keeping your firewood at least 20 feet away from the exterior of your home, you’re making it harder for a variety of pests to get inside.
- If you arrange your firewood on a raised platform, you’re making it harder for termites and other pests to get inside.
- When you cover your firewood throughout the year, it comes with a few different benefits. It’ll keep your firewood dry in most any weather, which makes it easier to burn. And a covered firewood pile is less likely to attract pests like termites, especially if it’s also off the ground.
- It may seem easier to grab handfuls of firewood at a time, but if you leave the extra logs inside, the warmth of your home may wake up any overwintering insects. If there are termites burrowed in the log, you want to burn them as soon as you bring them inside.
Got Termites? Let Us Help Get Rid of Them.
If you do all this and still find evidence of termites in the home, it’s time to call us for help. Termites are aggressive pests that can invade quickly and reproduce fast. What matters is that you seek treatment as soon if you suspect an infestation. With the help of Alexandria Pest Services, we can eradicate an infestation of any size with minimal disruption to you and your family. So if you want to start spring with a comfortable and pest-free home, contact us today to get started!
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If you find that you are having a problem with termites, rodents, bed bugs or other pests and need an exterminator in Springfield, Burke, Alexandria, or other parts of Northern Virginia, call Alexandria Pest Services at 703-923-0925 to schedule a professional evaluation. We can help you get rid of these invaders in your home or office! Contact us today to learn more.