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termite-infestation-firewood-2A termite infestation can be one of the worst things to happen to a homeowner. Although it can take a while for any real damage to be done, the termite activity often goes undetected until the colony is quite large. In many cases, it can cost thousands of dollars to fix the damage that’s been done by these incessant wood-eaters.


The attraction of firewood


Many homes across the United States continue to use firewood as a heating source. In some areas, people still chop down their own firewood, but most purchase the wood already pre-cut. Regardless of how you obtain it, the fact remains that termites are going to seek out it out. Termites know when wood is close by and it doesn’t take long for them to find it.


The danger of firewood being near your home


Termite infestations occur when the insects are drawn toward your house. Since firewood is out in the open, it becomes a great target for sustenance. Termites are known to send scouts to find the best sources of wood, and if they find your firewood, they will “report back” to the rest of their brethren. Of course, your firewood doesn’t consist of a large area of wood. This means that they’ll continue searching, and if your home is nearby, they can easily transition over.


How far to keep firewood from your home


The first thing you’ll want to do is make sure that the firewood is not stacked directly against  your home. Instead, provide a healthy amount of space between your house and the wood. If the firewood is touching your house or even close to it, termites will instinctively move to the larger, enclosed area.


Other ways to store firewood to avoid termite infestations


That being said, distance is only one element when it comes to keeping termites from migrating from your firewood to your home. One of the best ways to store wood is to keep it off the ground. All you need to do is suspend a platform between two cement blocks and place the firewood on top of that. Not only will this keep the wood dry, but since termites live in the ground, they won’t be able to access it.


Don’t worry about firewood that comes with its own termites


Whether you chop down your own firewood or purchase it somewhere, there is always a chance that it will come with its own termites. If you discover that your firewood already has termites, there is no need to panic. Termites require a queen in order to propagate. Without a queen, the few stragglers that you find in a piece of firewood will quickly die off before much damage occurs.

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