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Do Not Be A Borer This Winter

by Stephanie Suesan Smith on September 28, 2011

Okay, bad pun.  The danger is real, though.  The Emerald Ash Borer is busy killing ash trees over a huge swath of states and is poised to come to a yard near you.  Most areas where it has been found are under quarentine.  No wood is supposed to come out.  People being people, however, it doesn’t always work that way.

Although it rarely gets cold enough in my area to burn firewood, there are lots of places that it does get that cold.  Traditionally, people going camping or hunting or both would carry enough firewood to burn while they camped.  Because of the Emerald Ash Borer and similar pests, however, that is no longer desirable or even legal in places.

Carrying firewood around helps the little creatures spread a lot faster than they could if they had to fly on their own.  So, don’t give a hitchhiking bug a ride.  You won’t be able to see the bug — these things are called borers because they bore in under the bark and eat holes there.  So just because you don’t see a bug doesn’t mean there isn’t one.

The solution is to buy your firewood at your destination.  The quarantine means you cannot carry firewood across county lines, so even carrying your firewood within a region is a no-no.  Do your part to prevent the spread of these bugs.  Buy what wood you need where you camp, and leave any you do not burn behind for the next person.

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Paul from Wooden Garden Gates September 30, 2011 at 5:27 am

I think that the spread of a lot of pest including the Emerald Ash Borer is largely down to human interaction who help the pests travel further, faster meaning that once previously safe zones can now be infected by someone absentmindedly transporting contaminated wood or product and can damage an area close by within months rather than years as has previously been the case.

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VampireWiki Blog October 7, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Wow, I bet a lot of people wouldn’t think twice about hauling firewood to different locations without considering the potential for hitchhiking bugs. I knew about cleaning off the algae and such from the bottoms of small boats to prevent the spread things to contaminating water, but a couple of firewood logs are much less obvious…

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Stephanie Suesan Smith October 8, 2011 at 4:47 am

That is why it is important to mention things like this. Innocent behaviors can lead to a lot of environmental destruction.

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