What to treat boards with if you have had termites in the south and on gulf coast.?

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  • 4 weeks ago

    This is a job for home improvement. I can tell you a bit about termites, but not that up on specialty woods to deter them.

  • 4 weeks ago

    pressure treated wood is best. Redwood or cedar are good also. But there is no effective treatment for wood already in place. Treatment for the soil around the wood is best.


    One popular termite-removal method involves treating the soil around your house with a termite insecticide, such as imidacloprid or fipronil. Wood can also be treated directly if termites are inside. 

    Termite baits are strategically placed around your yard to lure termites in. Once there, the termites are covered with a slow-acting insecticide or insect growth regulator. They then return to the colony and poison the other termites.

    Taking steps to prevent termites can save you a great deal of money. Moisture is an absolute necessity for termite colonies to survive and thrive, so eliminating damp areas around your house is essential to preventing termites.

    Check for plumbing leaks, improper grading and leaky air conditioners to ensure that the ground near your home stays dry.

    Eliminate as much wood-to-ground contact as possible.

    If possible, replace the soil around your house with sand if you have wood touching the ground. Termites cannot build tunnels through the sand.

    Avoid stacking firewood against your house and remove tree stumps from your yard.

    Leave at least 6 inches of space between the ground and wooden decks, porches and patios.

    Consider using termite-resistant wood in areas where wood must touch the ground, and be sure to pretreat wood when building a new house or renovating your old one.

    Frequently clear gutters and drain spouts to prevent water buildup.

    Have your home inspected regularly.

    Cover openings on the outside of your house, such as vents, with termite-resistant steel mesh. This will allow ventilation to occur while preventing easy access for harmful pests.

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