A new study has found that wood available for purchase in New Mexico stores often contains live insects which are not native to our climate. The researchers say the say the study shows a potentially dangerous way for invasive insects to travel vast distances and be introduced to new forests.
The researchers found that 47 percent of wood bundles tested over an 18 month period resulted in inspects emerging within 200 days of the purchase. Most of the insects were different kinds of beetles.
The study, published in the Journal of Economic Entomology, recommended that firewood be pretreated for bugs prior to shipment to prevent the spread of potentially hazardous invasive species.
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