How to Protect Your Log Cabin from Pests

Like many other homes, your log cabin also needs maintenance and protection from time to time. To make sure that the life of the log cabin is extended and you are protecting it from pests, you have to ensure all the right maintenance techniques. As the cabins are made from log wood, they are subjected to several threats from the different seasons, to pests and other areas. The best way to protect the log cabin is to have a routine check-up on a regular basis to look out for any areas that indicate the decay of the wood. There is also a myth that log cabins are really hard to maintain on a long-term basis and you have to spend a lot on the care of the wood. In reality, you don’t have to blow your bank account when it comes to the maintenance of the cabin, nor does it require hours of your time.

For the right maintenance, all you have to do is to maintain a log book that indicates when the last time you checked the logs for any defect or decay was. This ensures that you do not miss the maintenance and you are also preserving the quality of the wood. Before you have the log cabin made, always select the best wood for the construction. As the trees grow, they are battered by forces like rain, fungi and other things that nature throws at them from time to time. After the tree has grown fully, it is cut down and then is used for the construction of the cabin. Many trees are planted specially for log wood construction and the wood is treated accordingly to withstand the hands of time.

Manufacturers have many products on offer that will give you all the right protection for the wood of your cabin. All you have to do is to apply them on the wood, or get the wood treated with the recommended process. These treatments are available in liquid, powder and solid forms and you can contact any professional to do it for you. You can select the product according to your needs as they are available to save the wood from moisture, fungi and pests, sun etc.

Here in this article, we are going to discuss some of the treatments that you could use to protect your log cabin from pests and other things. You can get the treatment done while constructing the log cabin or after it has been made. Here are some of the most common methods that are used.

Drying

The most used method for log cabin maintenance is the drying process. The water inside the wood can be very harmful to the base and if a log has trapped water inside, then the moisture can travel to the other logs. The first step that every log home owner has to take before the construction is to make sure that the woods are completely dried and are devoid of any moisture inside them. The air drying of wood can be done for a year or more if you haven’t done it before the construction of the cabin. If you are having the cabin constructed, then ensure that you get the wood that is treated and dried. Heating the wood also kills all the bugs and larvae.

Borate Treatment

Borate treatment protects the wood from pests and fungi. Log woods are prone to insect infestations and you have to be sure about treating them for the right protection. Borate treatment is a fairly simple process and not time consuming. Before the construction, all the logs are dipped inside a tank that is filled with the borate solution. Some logs are also pressure treated with the borate solution to ensure the solution gets into the deepest parts of the log.

Cleaning

Once the logs are arranged for construction, they must be cleaned using the right techniques. There might be dirt, mud, glaze, and grimes that may have accumulated in the transportation. Many people clean the logs using water but this should be avoided if the logs are recently treated with the borate solution. The best way to clean the logs is to keep them in the sun dry and then cleaning them using a brush.

Preservatives

Preservatives are used to keep the logs safe from water. This is the most common method of preventing the logs from soaking up moisture. Preservatives have a time duration and you have to re-apply them once in every three to five years. The maintenance schedule may vary from the type of preservative that is being used. They make sure that the wood repels the water and does not absorb it. Preservatives are very useful in times of rain when the wood is constantly exposed to water and moisture.

Biocides

Biocide treatment is used to protect the wood from the infestation of fungi and other insects. If the logs are not treated on a timely basis, then they could become infested with mould, mildew, and insects that will feed on them, making them hollow from the inside. This will not only make them weak, but will also pose a threat to the security of your log cabin. Many manufacturers treat the logs with biocide chemicals to prevent the insects from eating up the wood. These chemical agents are safe for humans.

Sun block

Sun blocks are used to keep the wood safe from the harmful effect of UV radiation from the sun. Constant exposure to the rays of the sun might result in pigmentation in the wood that makes it weak over time. Sun block ensures that the wood is safe from the damaging effects of the sun over a prolonged basis and it helps it to reflect the light.

Finish Coatings

The final finish coat that is applied on the logs to make them look good also saves them from daily wear and tear. The layer ensures that the wood is more repellent to water and it makes them safe from the stains.

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