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Preventing pests from damaging your wood siding or logs.

Most pests that attack wood siding are the same bugs that play a role in the decay process of dead trees and fallen logs in nature.

When a tree falls, moisture and decay fungi start to soften the wood, working to return its resources to the soil. This softened wood is especially attractive to decay insects, such as termites, carpenter ants and some types of beetles.

The best way you can keep these pests out of your cabin is to prevent water damage and rot.

A common source of water damage is roof leaks and gutter problems. At least once a year, check your attic for moisture and leaks.

For more tips on managing pests at your log home, visit cabinlivingmag.com!

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Comment by Donald Parsons on May 9, 2016 at 4:04pm

Another good idea is to start out using wood products that are pressure treated with borates.  Unlike brushing, spraying or dipping, the pressure treating process infuses the wood with borates and protects the inside of the wood as well as the surface.  Since borates migrate towards moisture, just brushing/spraying/dipping surface dried wood with borates are not very effective as they do not have the opportunity to penetrate the wood surface very deeply.  Keeping water away from the foundation as well as the log wall and other exterior wood products will indeed extend the life of these materials.  Keeping a good quality water repellent on the wood surface is another must for long term protections against rot and decay.

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