Tips To Protect Your Woodshop From Termites
Woodworking can be a deeply satisfying hobby, but if you live in an area where termite infestations are common, you may worry that your woodshop is going to invite disaster. This is especially true if your shop is in a garage or outbuilding that may not have all the extensive foundation treatments to prevent termites that a house would have. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to keep these pests out of your woodshop so you can continue your hobby without fear.
Invest in off the ground storage
Termites are drawn to wood, both as a food source and as a nesting ground. They tend to travel underground or along the ground to seek out new wood, which means stacks of lumber and piles of sawdust could draw them into your shop. To counteract this, you need to make sure none of your wood is on the ground. Invest in a storage system that allows you to store your lumber off the ground, such as metal racks. Sweep up the sawdust daily and place works in progress on non-wood sawhorses or pallets to keep them elevated. Finally, don't overlook the exterior of the shop. Keep dead brush cleaned up and don't stack wood—even firewood—against the external walls of your woodshop.
Avoid moisture build-up
Termites need water, which they typically find by collecting the condensation that builds up on the outside of the wood they are nesting in. Woodshops may be prone to condensation issues, especially if they are in a garage or shed without a traditional HVAC system. Install a ventilation system, with an integrated dehumidifier if you live in a humid area. As a benefit, these systems will also make your shop safer as they will vent out the fumes from common woodworking chemicals.
Consider a termite treatment
Just because your woodshop wasn't initially treated to prevent termites doesn't mean you can't have it treated now. Standard treatment requires digging a trench around the outside of the building and laying down a termite pesticide along the underground portion of the foundation. This creates a barrier that termites can't cross, effectively keeping them out of your woodshop. This type of treatment is especially a good idea in areas with heavy termite populations.
With a little forethought and planning, you can make sure your woodshop is just as safe as your home from termites. Contact a local termite control service for further help.