Firewood provides great mass transportation for invasive pests, says the University of Arkansas
April is Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month, and according to UAEX, invasive plant pests are alive in well in an unlikely spot- in your firewood. “So many of the invasive pests we already have in the United States came accidentally — hitchhiking in wood pallets or other wood shipments,” Tamara Walkingstick, associate director of the Arkansas Forest Resource Center said. The Formosan termite is an example of one of those pests, and it causes $1 billion in damage each year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The key to stopping these insects is to not move firewood, even if you plan to burn all the wood. “It’s still possible that a fallen flake of bark or an egg or spore could drop off in the woods or on your vehicle before the first match is struck, the hitchhiker still has a chance to set up home in a new location,” Walkingstick said.