Termites are the terror of many homeowners. They are frequently one of those problems that you don’t find out about until the damage is done and extermination and repair can be serious unexpected costs. Logically, some homeowners feel some hesitancy about investing in a product like cedar siding because of termites. Is there any reason for such concern?
Scientists observed that cedar was not only repelling termites but also toxic to the termites who did try consuming it. Because of this cedar is a great type of wood to use for certain parts of construction projects.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, cedar has a natural resistance and can even cause termite mortality. VulcanTermite and orkin.com list cedar and redwood as the best options for natural resistance to cedar. While most homeowners experience this to be the case, there are still occasional cases of dealing with termites, in which case it is best to deal with it immediately.
A regular visual inspection of your home can catch most termite problems early. Look over your siding for mud tubes, fecal pellets, fallen wings, and holes all of which might be signs that there are termites attempting to attack your cedar. Idealsiding.com recommends,
Inspect the cedar siding regularly to remove the termite clogs to ensure safety from damages. Keep the wood off the ground and avoid direct contact with soil all the time. Termites can be controlled by direct use of termite-specific insecticide in their holes or within their hills.
If a problem does emerge, you can treat, stain, paint, or seal cedar siding for added protection. If you suspect termites or other invasive pests then it may be worth calling whoever did your installation for their recommended course of action. They may have their own treatment method or they may give you a referral to an exterminator who specializes in your issue.