Termite Tips:

Keep the Home Fires Burning



I love winter time more than any other time of the year. There doesn’t have to be snow on the ground for me to enjoy a cozy fire, but they’re just not as commonplace as they are in winter. Firewood can be cut from local trees and often there will be neighbors who have cut trees and give the logs away for free. I love roasting marshmallows and hot dogs on a fire when camping too, but there’s just something nice about a home fire crackling in December. It reminds me of northern winters and family gatherings.

Keeping the home fires burning was a once a common way to help travelers find shelter in winter storms. Hunters in the winter would often scan the horizon for a telltale column of smoke to find a hearty meal, a roof overhead, and a possible trade for their furs. Today if a stranger knocked on your door and asked to warm himself by your fire, you’d probably call the police. It was a much simpler time, before mankind went so crazy. When I sit before a fire I am reminded of simpler times, a simpler life.

Now there are other things to worry about and home fires are far less a common way to meet and greet. The home fire is rarely used to heat the home and cook because other ways are much more convenient, even if they are less economical. People often buy a cord of wood that sits for more than a year before being burned. This can create a pest problem for home owners. If you still keep the home fires burning, make sure you store the wood properly at least six inches off the ground and two feet or more from any structures. When moving wood from the pile to the house wear long sleeves and gloves to protect yourself from spiders, scorpions and ants which may bite or sting. Inspect the wood to make sure that it is free of pests and only bring in enough for use. A second trip to the wood pile is a better alternative than storing unused wood inside your home. Never treat firewood with pesticides; treated wood should never be burned in your home or for cooking.

Termites in Gilbert are just as likely to go after firewood as they are any other source of food. Since termites must be protected from the elements, they will rarely cover any open space between the ground and the food source. When termites travel outside of the nest they build mud tubes in which to travel. Keeping your wood off of the ground allows air to circulate and keep it dry as well as putting distance between termites and their favorite free meal.


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