How to treat branches for bugs without baking or damaging bark?

Old 01-11-19, 08:32 AM
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How to treat branches for bugs without baking or damaging bark?

I recently collected some birch branches from the woods to use in a craft project. (The branches were already dead/ fallen on the ground). I am worried about bugs/eggs being underneath the bark. All my searches told me to bake the wood but they are too large for my oven. Others say to wrap in plastic and leave in the sun but it is dead of winter and 24f here in Massachusetts. I want to keep the bark intact as well, so Iím not sure what my options are. If anybody has any advice I would seriously appreciate it!
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My first thought is to look for small holes. Second is to dunk them in your tub for 24 hours.
Old 01-11-19, 09:22 AM
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Welcome to the forum! I moved your post to pest control, since your question has to do with getting rid of bugs as opposed to the craft of what you'll do with the branches.
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I know you can make a large portable oven with a piece of culvert and a nipco heater... but not like most people have either of those just laying around.
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Submerging under water or treating with a pesticide will not work against eggs or any larvae burrowed into the wood. The only effective method for home treatment is heat. You've got to bake them if you want to kill anything hiding inside.
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Deep freezing could work as long as the freezer is -10degrees F or less. I'd leave them in for 5 days or more. I imagine the branches are too big for that though, if it's too big for an oven.

Otherwise Treating with an insecticide could have some value but not for eggs and such. Depending on the nature of the craft activity you wouldn't want a surface insecticide anyway.

Another option is to simply tolerate whatever insects emerge as they won't be harmful.

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