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cutting a fence post; getting the bugs out

Has anyone ever cut down their own fence post for a mount? I'm thinking of cutting an old one down with some rusted barbed wire. My question is how to get the bugs out/kill them ?

Someone said put in a garbage bag with bug bomb ? Others said find a house that is scheduled to be fumigated and ask to put it in there.

I'm curious about drying the post too.

I'm hoping to not have little wood critters sneaking around in my house. Any recommendations are appreciated.

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Re: cutting a fence post; getting the bugs out

i would buy some ant spray and spray it good and put it in a garbage bag for a few days. that will kill just about anything. i would then leave it outside for a few days to air out.

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Re: cutting a fence post; getting the bugs out

Hightine, I have sprayed alot with a mix of 50/50 alcohol and water. Alcohol is suppose to kill bugs on contact. I have also used bleach and water 50/50. these worked for me on roots that i have gotten for yard and house never had any prob. If u spray live plants don't leave it on long a min. or so and respray with just water to rinse the Alcohol off. Tom
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Re: cutting a fence post; getting the bugs out

ive done this before cause i have reptiles.if its small enough and you know theres NO metal in it put it in the microwave. itll kill anything. if it bigger ive put logs in the oven at the lowest temp. just keep an eye on it.youll kill anything living in it either way.
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Re: cutting a fence post; getting the bugs out

deep freezere

He never said it would be easy;
He only said it would be worth it!
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Re: cutting a fence post; getting the bugs out

In most cases I would say freeze the wood, but some bugs are adapted to PA winters. I would if possible put it in the oven (or in a garbage bag sealed in the house to let the buggers think spring has arrived) Then toss it outside for a week, that should kill most everything. If anything survives that it is time to sell the house.

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