The Best Materials to Protect Wood

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What are the best materials that can be used to protect wood?

  1. Apply a solution – Chemical-based solutions are effective in protecting the wood from pests, fungi, and the elements.
  2. Give your wood a treatment – Wood treatments are effective in protecting your wood, and are best applied in larger structures and buildings.
  3. Apply some varnish – Varnish is the simplest and most effective solution to protect your wood from termites.
  4. Decay and rot-resistant woods – There are different kinds of wood that are highly resistant against the elements, which make them good building material.

 

Amongst all of the building materials, wood has been one of the most common material to use. In fact, it has become the go-to material when it comes to building structures, especially in countries where forests are abundant. Despite the many advantages of wood, it is a building material that is very vulnerable to pests like termites.

To keep the pests away, people have developed various forms of pest and termite control methods to make sure that their wooden structures are kept safe and remain standing. They have also created new materials that can help protect wood from pests and from other natural elements as well. To give you a few examples, here are some of the best materials you could use to help protect your wood:

 

Apply a solution

Apply a solution

With the increasing demand for wood protection materials, various companies have created chemical-based solutions that help protect wooden structures and furniture. Using it is similar to painting a wall, which means it will give the wood a light coat that will help protect it from insects and fungi that can ultimately damage it.

There are also different kinds of solutions that cover up all the small holes in the wood so that it will not absorb any form of liquid, which can soften up the wood. It is important to keep in mind that these solutions must only be placed after the initial coat of paint has already been applied. If you are looking for a more affordable option, buying a wood protection solution is one of them.

 

Give your wood a treatment

While applying chemical based solutions are effective in smaller structures and furniture, you will need a different method when it comes to larger structures. For those kind of structures, you may use treated wood, or give your building a treatment to protect your wood from the elements.

Treated wood would help make it last longer and make it safe against wood damage, fungi, moisture, and insects. Despite its effectiveness, its main drawback is that applying the treatment takes time, can be quite expensive, and requires a few good coats of sealer so that it would be safe for people to come into contact and breathe in the vicinity.

These treatments and solutions come in liquid and powdered form. For decay-resistant wood, solutions may not be applied anymore. It is always important to keep in mind to follow the procedures carefully to make sure the application of the treatment would be a safe process.

 

Apply some varnish (on your furniture)

Apply some varnish (on your furniture)

One of the most efficient and cost-effective solutions to protect your furniture from pests and fungi is by giving your furniture a few coats of varnish. Varnish is a solution that gives your furniture some shine, while also applying a protective layer over the wood that will protect it from pests and liquids.

You can also apply it on your other wooden items in your home, like musical instruments (light coats only, as it may alter the sound of the instrument), and house decorations. Varnish is also readily available in hardware stores, and cost less than chemical-based wood sealing solutions. If you are looking for a quick and effective solution, getting some varnish would keep your furniture safe.

 

Use decay and rot-resistant woods

When building a wooden structure, it is best to keep in mind that there are kinds of wood that are highly resistant to decay and rotting, allowing them to last longer and withstand the elements better. Hardwoods fall under this group. They are very sturdy and highly durable.

Examples of highly resistant wood include cedar, redwood, chestnut, white oak, bald cypress, Pacific yew, black locust, juniper, post oak, burr oak, mesquite, catalpa, and red mulberry. For the Philippines, highly resistant types of wood include narra, mahogany, molave, kamagong, yakal, tanguile, and mangkono – which is being considered to be the hardest type of wood in the country.

Keep in mind of these types of wood, especially when you are intending to have a structure built, as these are strong and sturdy enough to withstand various natural elements and certain kinds of pests. For a more complete protection, you can apply protective solutions to make sure that they would be completely protected.

 

Key Takeaway

Wood protection is essential to keep pests away from your wooden possessions. As you can see, you can ensure your home (or building) to remain safe and sturdy by using the right materials.

Are Pest Control Services Worth Your Money?

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As we march on towards a bright and promising future, we often turn to technology (by this we mean the internet) for a quick solution for our problems. This comes in the form of easy, Do-It-Yourself (DIY) guides and tutorials available for all sorts of trouble such as pest problems. There is one problem though: not all methods are effective. They may be more pocket-friendly, but if the situation is quite awful it would be best to hire professional pest control for termite control. Is it worth the expense? Just check out these four reasons why pest control services are a good idea to the job done.

Fast and Efficient Elimination

DIY methods are indeed cheap, but doing them by yourself can be pretty grueling; not to mention, there is no assurance if these methods will indeed work. Calling up a professional, however, is a different story altogether. Years of practice and hard work have turned these dedicated men and women to become defenders of homes from pests. Results may vary depending on the pest control professional you called, but their work is guaranteed to be faster and more efficient than Internet DIY’s.

“Cleaning just ain’t enough”

At times, avoiding pesky insect infestation is as easy as tidying things up. Keeping the house clean, especially in places where food is most common like the kitchen, is one way of preventing unwanted munchers from invading your fortress. But your delicious treasure is not the only thing they are after; pests are also very fond of moisture. Stagnant water can be an oasis to pests and by ignoring it, will surely guarantee a full blown pool party of rats, mosquitoes, and cockroaches. If indoor moisture is continued to be overlooked, then you are really going to have a bad time.

Different Bugs, Different Ousts

From an untrained eye, bugs may all look the same. To professionals, pests are all the same, but the types may vary. Hence it can’t be said that a repellent designed to keep ants away can also work for termites. A method used to get rid of cockroaches can’t be used to eliminate mosquitoes. Specific pests need specific pesticides and who knows this better other than your friendly, preferred exterminator.

Sometimes, It Just Happens

Unfortunately, there are certain infestations that just can’t be solved by simple DIY tips and tricks. Hitch hiking bugs such as bed bugs can’t be killed simply by cleaning up and getting rid of stagnant water. Unlike other insects after your mouth-watering stash of food, these buggers are literally out for blood. If you value your blood and your health, then there is no longer a need to ponder. Give your local pest control a call to make these hitch hikers disappear.

There’s nothing shameful in using DIY methods; however, if these are not done properly, these methods could fail. If you have a rising infestation in your home and it needs urgent attention call up termite control; after all, what’s a few buck’s worth for safety?

The Heat is on! 3 Reasons Why Termites Are More Rampant in the Summer

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Enjoying the sizzling hot summer season? Guess what, the termites do too! If you’re planning to go on a dream summer vacation, be sure to get your house protected from termites. As the summer heat rolls in, so do the pests that come with it so it is best to have termite control on your speed dial. For the meantime, find out what exactly makes these buggers more active during summer time? Read on to find out:

“Summer Lovin’, Had Me a Blast”

Swarming season is the number one reason why termites become active. During this period, a colony lets loose hundreds, if not, thousands, of flying termites known as alates.  These alates, both male and female, fly out and separate from their current colony to build a new colony. Here they become king and queen of said colony, and reproduce quickly. After all, you can’t have royalty to do grunt work; they need soldiers and workers to do it for them.

A Swarmer Soiree

You will know it’s their time to shine when you go out at night and find illuminated light bulbs are covered to the brim with a termite swarm. Usually this would even indicate the rainy season is approaching, as most termites are fond of the warm weather that comes before the downpour. In the Philippines, where we only have two known seasons, this phenomena occurs when summer is about to end. But don’t let them fool you; the termite swarming season happens to be specific when it comes to their species. Meaning to say, swarming season to them can land on any season of the year, so long as their colony is ready.

If You Can’t Handle the Heat, Stay Out of the Kitchen

Though termite swarming can happen all year around, sometimes it really depends where you live or what species is most common in your area. In other countries, specifically the United States, termite swarming season is most common either in the spring or summer. The reason would be they prefer the sweltering weather that comes with these two seasons. Once the surviving alates have chosen a partner and settled, they will mate and begin their new life as rulers of their new colony.

But where do they usually situate their colonies?

The answer to that would be beneath moist soil. An example of a termite species that thrives in moist places is the Subterranean Termite. Subterranean termites choose to build their homes where there is moisture, creating mud tunnels for them to travel to and from. Although their means of travel underground seems amazing, it means bad news to us unfortunately. If a termite colony is near your house, these tunnels will lead to its foundations, walls, framing, and floors and etc. If not treated immediately, this can eventually lead to the destruction of your home.

When you go out in the evening and see a swarm of termites having a party in your light patio, take this as a warning. Termite swarms are harmless to humans, but not to houses. The presence of swarms may indicate you might have termites within the walls of your precious home. Keep calm and call us for pest control, and we guarantee we will get the job done.

Pest Wars: Clash of Ants and Termites

You may not know it, but ants and termites have been at war for millennia. Though both are a nuisance to humans, these two different pests have been at each other’s throats for God knows how long that the casualties of both sides number millions, if not billions. Somehow, this conflict has helped us reduce these vermin in our home, although calling termite control is still the best thing to do for severe infestations.

Believe it or not, ants and termites wage war very much like humans. In other words, they need strategy, tactics, and the best soldiers. More often than not, termites get beaten by ants due to the latter being more evolved and organized. Let’s take a look at some specimens of both ants and termites to better appreciate their fighting capabilities against each other.

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Megaponera analis

Commonly called Matabele Ants, this species are highly sophisticated when it comes to battling termites. They usually focus their raiding on dawn and dusk, between 6:00am to 10:00am and 3:00pm to 7:00pm respectively. First, they send in scouts to the termite’s colony; this team is very good with reconnaissance and the scouts leave a pheromone trail on the return journey so it can better lead the main army to the enemy territory. The ant host then marches towards the termite’s homeland in a column formation, each soldier leaving a pheromone trail for their comrades behind.

About 20 to 50 cm from the termite nest, the ants stops their march, waiting for the rest of the column to gather around their leader. Once their all present, they start their attack. The ant army is divided into two battalions: the major workers and the minor workers. The majors focus on making openings on the termite colony and the minors rush in the breach to overwhelm the enemy. The battle is more feast than fight as one termite after another gets killed; it was all they can do to hold their enemy long enough to close off all entrances. Afterwards, the victorious ants return to their starting point in an organized formation, bringing some of the enemy corpses with them to eat later.

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Globitermes sulphureus

This termite specie lives in Vietnam, with some relatives in nearby Malaysia. They have two main arsenals against ants: their large heads and mandibles, and a special technique called autothysis. When their home is under attack, some termite soldiers block all entrances while others lead sorties to kill off as many advancing ants as they can. Their heads are large enough to deny entry to the ants, and termites at the front line can take down many foes before being torn to pieces themselves. Some dying soldiers take it upon themselves to block the entrance with their heads, delaying the ants long enough for the worker termites to close it off completely.

Meanwhile, the sortie fights off the ant host. As a last desperate measure, they would use their final trick, autothysis. This involves committing suicide, rupturing itself to secrete a yellow liquid so sticky that any ant that steps on it gets stuck. This fluid also has pheromone that can attract other soldier termites to come to the rescue. While gaining a pyrrhic victory, the termites get to live another day at least.

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Nasutitermes corniger

Aware of their enemy’s superiority over them in terms of combat, this termite breed chooses to ally itself with certain ant species. One of these is the Monacis bispinosa, who cannot prey on live termites and who can be killed by their chemical defenses. These alliances tend to be tenuous at best as some types of ants hunt even their own kind. As with other termites, the Nasutitermes corniger can only delay attacking ants long enough to block entry to their hive, sometimes using autothysis as well.

These are only three types of ants and termites; there are thousands of different breeds out there, each with its unique fighting capabilities. The fight rages on even as we discuss them here. Better call pest control in case things get out of hand!