50% of Retail Firewood Infested With Insects, Study Finds (Oct
ScienceDaily; Entomological Society of America.
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. 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.