When winter hits in New Mexico, there’s nothing like a roaring fire to keep you warm. But the last thing you want is to welcome wood-boring pests in as you bring in your kindling. Termites can be a major problem for homeowners, both in your firewood and the wood of your home. Pest Defense Solutions specializes in termite control for homes around El Paso, but we’d like to keep problems from forming in the first place. That’s why we offer several steps you can take to protect your woodpile from termites and all manner of other pests.
Keep Your Firewood Dry
Termites thrive in moist environments, so it’s important to keep your firewood as dry as possible. Stack your firewood off the ground and away from any sources of moisture, such as gutters or sprinklers. You should also cover the top of the stack with a tarp to protect it from rain and snow. Doing this will not only help deter passing insects, but it’ll also make sure the wood burns as well as possible.
Store Firewood Smart
It comes as no surprise to say that termites are attracted to wood. So if you store your firewood next to the home, if termites get into it they’ll have easy access to spread to your property. That’s why we suggest that you keep your firewood at least 20 feet away from your house to reduce the risk of an infestation.
Use Treated Wood
Some types of firewood, such as pressure-treated lumber, are treated with chemicals that can repel or kill termites. While this type of wood may be more expensive, it can provide an extra layer of protection against termites.
Inspect Your Firewood Regularly
Regularly inspect your firewood pile for signs of termites, such as small holes in the wood or sawdust-like material. If you notice any of these signs, take action immediately to remove the infested wood and prevent the termites from spreading.
Pest Defense Solutions for the Best Termite Professionals
Termites are incredibly destructive, and they can spread at a prodigious rate. That’s why, if you suspect a termite infestation, it’s best to hire a professional exterminator to inspect your property and recommend a treatment plan. And if you live in Albuquerque or Santa Fe NM, Pest Defense Solutions has the knowledge, experience, and equipment to properly identify, locate and eliminate termites. We can put in the work you need to enjoy a cozy night in without the fear of termites or other pests. To learn more, contact us today!