Keeping Termites from your Deck

Deck in Landsdowne Virginia

As warmer weather arrives, thoughts of firing up the grill and basking in the sun may be filling your mind. Since decks tend to be the summer hub for family gatherings and outdoor fun, it is important to keep this area termite free. The last thing you want to worry about is having to deal with termites and the damage they can cause to your deck.

Keeping your yard clear of items that appeal to termites is imperative. Tree stumps and old root systems are problem areas that can attract termites, so it is a good idea to have them removed by a professional tree clearing service. It is also important to not keep firewood stacked against your home. Instead, keep wood stored on a rack as far away from the house as possible. Also, damp wood is appealing to these pesky insects, and sealing your deck with stain will keep out unwanted moisture.

Another way to keep your home, deck, and yard protected from termites is to treat the area. Chemical treatments provide a barrier against termites and other bugs, too. These treatments typically guard against pests for about five years.

There are several precautions you can take to prevent termites from eating your deck. With simple preventive measures, you can enjoy your summer and breathe easier knowing that your due diligence should keep your deck protected from termites. You definitely want to be on the defensive when it comes to termites, especially since preventing an attack is much easier than cleaning up the havoc they can wreak.

If you are currently planning a new deck, using pressure-treated lumber can reduce the chances of termites invading your deck and home. It is highly resistant to decay and insects. Through a series of pressure and vacuum cycles, wood preservative is forced deep into wood pores, forming a barrier against termites and decay. Another option would be to build a deck with composite material instead of wood. To look into your deck building options, contact us today for a free consultation.