I’ve had some firewood on my porch for some time (a year or so). Wanted to practice some squaring and resawing, so I took a piece to my shop and started cutting. It was a little while into it that I noticed very small (less that 1mm white bugs that look like spiders) crawling on the wood, and there were some burroughs in the wood itself. I’m hoping I’m not looking at termites.
1. Should I be concerned of infestation of my actual lumber given that I brought this single piece into my shop?
2. Any advice on how to exterminate/debug a piece without harming the wood?
If they looked liked spiders, that doesn’t sound like termites. Subterranean termites look like grains of white rice with a head and legs. Some will have a larger darker head, and these are the soldiers. Subterranean termites do not tolerate exposure to air well and will travel either in soil or through mud tubes that they construct to bridge across exposed spaces, like up foundation walls. I do not believe they will stay in shavings, but need solid wood in which they form “galleries” through the wood, again to control their moisture. So, these things don’t sound like subterranean termites.
Most ant killers are just boric acid and some type of sugar.
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