When you dream about building and living in your log cabin home you imagine warm sunny days, outdoor activities and time with loved ones. One thing you don’t imagine is the quiet little army of insects burrowing their way into your home and nesting in your log cabin logs. You might be a generous person, but no one wants to share their home with bugs.
Types of Insects
The most common log cabin infesting insects include carpenter ants, carpenter bees, powder post beetles and termites. While some insects such as termites and carpenter bees pose more serious threats to a log cabin home, there are some insects which home owners should still be cautious. Flat Head Borers, Ambrosia Beetles and Bark Beetles are all insects that cause minimal damage. These insects mainly infest fresh wood and will not re-infest the wood they emerged from. Since these insects can burrow and tunnel into the wood, this weakenens the fibers and opens the wood up to moisture and rot fungi. After the logs have been cut and the bark has been removed, infestation can occur almost any time.
The Warning Signs
The most noticeable warning sign of infestation is the sound that some of the insects make when they are chewing on the wood. Another warning sign is when holes begin to form on the surface of the wood. These holes are caused by the emergence or burrowing of insects into and out of the wood. Rot is also a very important warning sign. If a home owner witnesses rot anywhere on their log cabin home, it is imperative they call experts to fix it as soon as possible.
How to Free Your Home of Bugs
Properly defending your home against infestation starts from the very beginning of building. When building a log cabin house, it is important that the home owner makes sure the logs are dried thoroughly before they are added into the structure. After logs are properly and thoroughly dried, the next step is to get the logs dipped into borate solution. When the house is built, home owners need to keep up a clean and tidy home. Logs should be brushed gently or wiped with a cleaning solution. Applying a preservative to the logs prevents moisture buildup and damage. A biocide treatment eliminates moisture and kills wood feeding organisms. Simpler tips to keep a log cabin bug free are to choose stone for mulch closer to the house and to keep woodpiles and dead trees at least 15 feet from the structure.