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Posted: 10/9/2005 8:51:31 AM EDT
Fearing carpenter ants, I split a few logs and found dark beetles about a half-inch long. They were in in dry, seasoned Beech and Red Oak. Hope they aren't anything that'll munch on the house.

We have lots of Carpenter Ants around here, and those huge wood-boring Pine Beetles. Never seen these before, though.
Link Posted: 10/9/2005 8:54:20 AM EDT
The pop when you burn them!  The problem is that they will escape into your home when you bring in the logs or burn them.
Link Posted: 10/9/2005 8:56:12 AM EDT
I wonder if you could put a tarp over the pile and set off a couple of those indoor foggers to kill the beetles.
Link Posted: 10/9/2005 9:01:15 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/9/2005 9:07:16 AM EDT by Rodent]
I'd rather have the bugs than the poison around my family.

Whatever they are, they should be going dormant any time now that the cold weather's here. I'm only going to bring the logs in as I need them, and put them directly into the wood stove. The sadistic side of me is looking forward to consigning them to the flames.
Link Posted: 10/9/2005 9:04:31 AM EDT
If they like dry wood in a pile, they probably like it under siding as well.  They probably haven't found your house though, as your woodpile is probably right next to the ground, instead of resting on a concrete pouring.

Link Posted: 10/9/2005 9:17:45 AM EDT
I had my wood on some concrete slabs.
Link Posted: 10/9/2005 9:27:54 AM EDT
I use those bug bombs in my woodshed, its pretty well ventilated but I dont get much in the way of bugs in my wood.
Link Posted: 10/9/2005 9:31:10 AM EDT
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