Study confirms danger of transporting firewood

Monday, October 15, 2012

A new study published in the Journal of Economic Entomology reports that live insects were found in 47% of firewood bundles purchased from big box stores, gas stations and grocery stores in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

The study highlighted how untreated firewood can harbor pathogens and destructive insects such as the emerald ash borer, the Asian longhorned beetle, bark beetles and others, and transport them to uninfested areas.

Study authors found that the risk of moving insects in untreated firewood is high, because insects emerged up to 558 days from the purchase date of the wood.