Q&A Keeping insects out of wood pile

QandA Posted By QandA, May 23, 2002 at 2:20 PM

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    Nov 27, 2012

    Hello. I am trying to find out if there are any safe ways to keep bugs out of my stacked wood piles. I was stacking some wood and came across a piece that was totally infested with some kind of ant. I put it aside and sprayed it with a bug killer then discarded it. Is there anything that can be done to discourage bugs from setting up house in your wood piles. Another question. Is it OK to leave my wood uncovered during the warmer months and cover it around fall.(to help it dry out?) Im not sure if this is the correct address to be sending questions. If not, Could you please let me know where to send them in the future. Thanks for help. GREAT SITE!!! Bob Koval


    Bob, I don't know of a sure-fire way to keep ants or other little critters away from your wood during this time of year, but there are ways to discourage the little buggers. Typically, I would place 2x4's or 4x4's as rails underneath the stacked pile to get the wood off the ground, and encourage air flow. If you were to treat these rails of wood with a pesticide, as well as the area around the rails, that may discourage them from traveling to the pile itself.

    Once the weather turns cold, the bugs will either die or go dormant in the wood, so be careful to not bring to much wood into the house during the winter prior to burning.

    Covering is not necessary as you want as much air flow as possible. Take the top row, and turn the pieces so that the bark is facing the sky------that helps keep water from seeping.

    The key to drying wood is to promote air flow------split the wood, and stack to encourage air flow. Leaving wood in a pile will not allow all pieces to dry, and will damage wood that's in direct contact with the soil. Elevating the wood pile will help.

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