Ant nest in wood pile.

Welderman85

Feeling the Heat
Nov 1, 2017
255
Chesaning MI
Hello all my mom just has a huge sliver maple dropped. The guys that did it were awesome and cut everything in 16" lengths for me including the trunk and loaded most of it on my trailer while I was at work. The issue is the was a big ants nest in the trunk and got loaded up to. What can I do to kill what ever ants are left in there till I get to process it. Thanks
 

Woody Stover

Minister of Fire
Dec 25, 2010
12,048
Southern IN
Throw the splits in the grass and let the birds feast
They will leave the wood now that it is drying
Yeah, no need to kill them, they will leave pretty quickly. When I split it, I might knock the splits together to get rid of the ants, but that's about it.
 

weatherguy

Minister of Fire
Feb 20, 2009
5,721
Central Mass
They'll probably be gone by the time you split the wood, if not do what Woody said.
 

kennyp2339

Minister of Fire
Feb 16, 2014
4,696
07462
I always seem to run into at least a couple rounds a season that have the black ants in them, I just split and knick them out, once the wood is split they leave the area anyway, its not a big deal for me.
 

JotulOwner

Feeling the Heat
Oct 29, 2007
351
Long Island, New York
Hello all my mom just has a huge sliver maple dropped. The guys that did it were awesome and cut everything in 16" lengths for me including the trunk and loaded most of it on my trailer while I was at work. The issue is the was a big ants nest in the trunk and got loaded up to. What can I do to kill what ever ants are left in there till I get to process it. Thanks
I had a maple tree that was severely damaged by carpenter ants and eventually fell during a wind storm. After cutting much of it into rounds and leaving them on pallets, the ants seem to have moved on. I keep all wood far away from the house. Hopefully they didn't decide that relocating to the house was worth the trip.
 

NickW

Member
Oct 16, 2019
83
SE WI
I personally keep a can of ant spray handy when I'm splitting for those infested rounds out of fear of where they'll relocate to... If I know I have infested wood I'll take a bag of the shaker granule ant killer and circle the pile.
 

Woodsplitter67

Minister of Fire
Jan 19, 2017
1,187
Woolwich nj
I usually split in January and February.. it's cold and they don't move around alot. so I knock the splits together and crush them with my boots.. I split near the house so I don't want them relocating into my place of residence... that would suck..I move the wood out to the shed.. the rest will move on