Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Good Things Arrive Along With Harsh Winter's Ice and Snow.

Byline: RUTH LUHRS Mountain View Journal

* Freeze can kill off unwanted insects, but don't rescue them by bringing them in with the firewood

Many folks are predicting a hard winter. If true, it will be a mixed blessing.

It has been several years since a deep freeze eliminated many of the over-wintering insects and their egg masses. Without this important natural control, insect populations explode. Keep this in mind as you throw another log on the fire.

On the other hand, in a recent bulletin from the Plant Sciences News, forest entomologist Bob Cain warns of insect problems in that firewood. Bark beetles, wood borers, ants, termites and other pests are often transported in cut logs. Wood brought indoors should be burned within a few days. The indoor warmth may activate the critters and you will find unwelcome house guests.

Stack wood outdoors away from the house. …

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