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Beetle Control: What's Roasting by Your Open Fire?

firewood beside fire

This holiday season, as you pull out the firewood to warm the house and relax by the open glow, you might want to pause to consider what you might be exposing your home to.

A recent study published in the Journal of Economic Entomology reports that live insects were found in 47% of firewood bundles purchased from big box stores, gas stations, and grocery stores in the United States. Some of the insects found in these bundles included the emerald ash borer, the Asian longhorned beetle, bark beetles, and others. These destructive insects can leave the firewood and roost in your home up to over a year after purchase.

While regulation on heat-treating firewood before sale is still under administrative development, you can protect your home by inspecting wood bundles before buying them or before bringing them into your home for a fire. Dispose of the infested firewood immediately if you find these insects as their borrowing habits can cause structural damage to your property.

If you believe that you have a beetle control problem in your home, contact an F&W Pest Control Professional today for a free inspection and quote.

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