Building With Pest-Resistant Materials

Every building project, whether a house or a building requires a plan. The plan does not only specify the design of the project. It includes the materials to be used, too. It will be wise to use affordable, high-quality materials when building to ensure that your construction project will stand the test of time.

We always consult with pest control professionals at the onset of our construction projects as it provides us with excellent advice on pest-proofing our constructions. Remember that good pest management starts with prevention, not when pests have already caused extensive damage to your property.

Another way to prevent pest is to use composite materials. These materials are durable and have the ability to help to avoid pests as well. Here are some common composite materials that you can use in your construction project.

Composite Wood 

This type of timber is fabricated to discourage termites and to make the wood more durable. Another advantage of this material is it does not bend the same way as natural lumber. Composite wood may contain plastics that cannot be digested by termites, thus, repelling the bugs.

Composite Plastic

This type of plastic is reinforced by fibers, such as glass, carbon, or basalt. Composite plastic is usually used for decking and fencing. The advantage of using this material are fade and stain resistant, mold and mildew resistant, termite resistant, no nasty splinters, and very easy to clean.

Here are other materials that are natural pest-resistant:

Brick, Stones, and Concrete 

These materials are not conducive to pests as long as it is kept clean and dry. They are also very decorative and stylish when used. Fiber-cement siding may also be used to stop termites and other bugs.

Natural Pest-Resistant Wood

Yes, some woods are not attractive to pests. The possess oil that repels pests. The heartwood or the central part of the tree contains more of this oil and are denser and darker in color.

Hardwood like Ipe is avoided by insects because it is extremely hard and dense, it can even dull saws. Termites are also less likely to feed on particular trees like yellow cedar, cypress, Laotian teak, and redwoods.

Pressure-Treated Woods

This type of wood is infused with preservatives, such as during its manufacturing process. This process makes the wood hardier and resistant to rotting. The chemicals used also serve as a protective barrier against fungi and termites. Pressure-treated wood is best for foundation and outdoor use.

Please note, though, that using treated woods is not at guarantee that termites will not infest your home. It can only significantly reduce the infestation. Using treated or pest-resistant wood is not a replacement for professional pest control treatment and maintenance.

You should still contract a reliable pest control company thwart pest infestation. A regular pest inspection and efficient management program will prevent significant damage to your property.