Does Treated Wood Rot? - You Bet it Does QUESTION: Tim, my next-door neighbor discovered that many of his outdoor deck floor joists are rotting. The rot is along the top where the decking attaches to them. It’s treated lumber rated for outdoor exposure. How can this be possible? I thought treated lumber was rot-proof Read More »
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Insect identification can put your mind at ease if you are worried about termites because the insects cause great damage. This is why people want to see what termites look like. People just like you desperately want to see termite photos. Termite identification is very important because you want to ensure that any termite control you purchase is targeted to the right insect.
Here is an e-mail I received from a reader who wondered about termites being present because of mushrooms in the yard. Termites do not produce mushrooms in your yard, so don't believe a neighbors' misinformation.
New baiting systems actually kill termites and termite colonies. These systems are also called total colony elimination systems. There are four major brands of these termite pest control products. The DIY product isn't always trusted to work. Consult professional pest control for help.
Termite pest control is a huge industry. A demand for termite control products has lead to new improvements in termite baiting systems and total colony elimination systems. Here are some of the advancements in termite pest control.
Repairing termite damage is necessary, but only when termites are eliminated. Some repairs are simple, while others can be difficult. Structural termite damage is a difficult repair because wires and utilities often pass through the joists. Hire a professional if you have doubts.
Borates can be applied to anything wood or containing wood to repel insects. The chemicals can be sprayed or painted or the lumber can be dipped, flooded or immersed in the borate solution. Borate chemicals can harm pets and plants, so be sure to avoid them.