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For those who own sheds made of wood, rather than metal, it is highly important to take steps to avoid termite infestation of the edifice. Termites can weaken the structure until portions collapse, causing damage to stored items and potentially people. There’s also a greater risk from thievery to the compromised structure, not to mention the cost of replacement. To avoid all the headaches that an infestation would undoubtedly cause and protect your wood shed from termites, it’s best to ensure your wooden structure is elevated above ground level. Don’t store logs near it, or perform any mulching in the vicinity of the structure. Use cedar blocks, or cement to raise your structure. Also stay vigilant about cracks around the cement, sealing them up as they occur. Although there are a variety of termite types, which may prefer to live above, or below ground, and may be more or less aggressive, they all swarm and they all cause damage. Because termites leave the exterior of their attacked sites intact, assessing there presence can be tricky. Look for mounds of sand-like matter, termite feces, and check for wood that seems hollow when tapped.

Key Takeaways:

  • Even though termites populations are known to expand exponentially in rural, wooded zones, that does not mean that urban dwellers can not be victimized by large termite populations too.
  • Your first defense against having termites infest your wooden shed is to ensure the structure’s wooden parts are elevated above ground level.
  • It is also excellent practice to avoid any mulching around the area housing your garden shed.

“Termites can cause considerable damage to your shed in a relatively short period of time. These insects live in groups called “colonies.” A mature colony is 60,000 termites and they can eat a foot of pine 2×4 in 6 months.”

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