The wood pile is growing high and is well and truly ready for our cooler season already this year. Phill has been chopping wood endlessly in preparation for the evenings when we light the log fire and drink copious amounts of tea and hot chocolate in front of the blazing log fire.
Last year on some evenings when we had the wood sitting in the log basket waiting to be put on the fire we could hear the logs making a loud ticking noise only to be told that it was likely to be burrowing wood worm !! My immediate reaction was to get my feet of the floor in the event that they got out of the wood and starting running across the floor towards me!! OMG!! Of course nothing happened and the little critters were sent to wood worm heaven in the log burner
Phill has of course seen these insects under the bark when he has been chopping the wood with their little bodies big teeth going like mad through the wood. They love hard wood and they love the pistachio and carob wood that we have. And not so keen on the soft wood.
There are several different types of worm and beetle that infest the wood. Some of them lay their eggs in the plant pots and Phill has noticed them emerging ready to attack the wood with their mighty teeth all over again.
With the olive wood that has been chopped and lying on the ground a small grub will burrow under the bark and travel up and down the olive wood leaving tracks behind it.
Did however 2 minutes ago go outside to the large woodpile to try recording the noise and this is what I got…. can’t believe the sound when I play it on my computer !! eek!!! I feel that they are inside it….
This is a new experience for Phill as he had vast wood piles back in the UK and very rarely noticed any burrowing insects or worm. This of course isn’t just a problem for Cyprus as the whole of the Mediterranean suffers with similar problems.
Phill is trying desperately to save some of the carob wood with its rich red colour for making into ornaments and other things so he has treated it with an insecticide and stored it away from the log pile for his winter projects. Once treated and stored he will carve it and sand it then lacquer and it will be safe from all the insects.
Phill is making weapons of mass destruction but I am trying to get him to focus on salad bowls and wooden spoons.
And on Christmas Day (2018) we have now found some of the grubs under the bark – Felt like we were in I’m a Celebrity Get me Out of Here – we decided we would stick to traditional turkey