by Lana Hawkins
It’s a dream of many to have a secluded getaway location to escape from the troubles and worries of urban surroundings. A charming log cabin located somewhere in the woods, surrounded with nothing but wildlife and impeccable wonders of nature is truly a fascinating imagery. But what lurks in the dark of those woods and in the corners of your log cabins could put you in a state of panic. Because of their wood-eating habits, termites represent a great hazard for wooden structures like remote log cabins. These pests are known to cause grave damage and, according to Wikipedia, the damage caused by termites costs the south-western United States approximately $1.5 billion in wood structure each year. The true cost worldwide simply can’t be determined. Of course, there are certain methods which have proven to be quite effective against these pests and could help you protect your log cabin from them.
Think Before You Build
The best way to protect your log cabin from termites is to start from the very beginning. There are effective protective measures you can take once you start building your cabin, to make sure that it is safe and protected against termite infestations. The first thing you should do is treat the wooden material with chemicals which will make it undesirable for insects. Nowadays, borate treatments are known to be the most effective against termites. Another thing to think about is choosing high quality wood which is resistant to moisture, as termites are attracted to it. Lastly, installing a termite shield as a foundation cap can help prevent these pests from climbing up from the foundation into your cabin.
Prevent Water Damage
It’s quite important to keep in mind that termites need moisture to survive. This being said, it’s crucial to prevent any type of water damage to your cabin that could attract possible insects. There are various methods you could try out, from installing protective materials such as cladding to the exterior of your cabin, up to fixing all leaky and cracked pipes in your residence. It’s also a good idea to regularly clean around the house, especially in areas which are susceptible to moisture. This means regularly cleaning the gutters and downspouts, making sure there’s no mulch forming around the foundation; regularly ventilating crawl spaces and making sure that humidity levels are quite low.
Seal Cracks and Repair Rotten Areas
In order to make sure that your cabin is fully protected, it’ll be necessary to thoroughly examine your home for possible termite entryways. This is especially important if you have just moved into a new log cabin, as you want to be sure that all cracks and holes are sealed and that there’s little chance of termites entering the premises. It’s also crucial to check the cabin for any rotten areas and immediately repair or replace the damaged wood if there is any. Besides termites, carpenter ants are the first indicators of rotten wood, so it just might be the case that your log cabin is infested by different varieties of insects. This is why regular maintenance is crucial.
Conduct Regular Inspections
While examining the residence by yourself is quite important, it’s also a smart idea to periodically hire a professional to check for possible termite infestations. Hiring a pest control service might be necessary every year or so, to make sure that your log cabin is free from termites. Of course, besides the yearly visits, there are two times when termite inspections should be obligatory. The first time is before finally moving into the cabin and the second is in case you decide to sell the residence.
While log cabins are generally more susceptible to these kinds of infestations, the good thing about them is that wooden structures give us the ability to notice the infestation on time and take the appropriate measures. By taking suitable precautions and inspecting your cabin on regular basis, you can rest easily knowing that you don’t have any unwanted roommates.