Bugs in reclaimed wood
I salvaged these fence panels a couple years ago. Not having a use right away, they laid flat in my back yard until last summer when I decided the wood was perfect for rustic shelves (w/galvanized pipe!) for my living room. When I lifted the first one I saw leaves, dirt, worms, crawlies and worst of all, black (carpenter?) ants. My plan was kaboshed...or is it? In the fall I brushed them off and propped them vertically. Now the rigid Michigan temps have killed off all bugs. But, do I need to worry about eggs or dormancy of anything that could awaken and infest my house?? Should I just scrap this wood or is it usable???