For woodworkers, there is no greater pest than the termite. Termites are a huge issue because they can eat through thousands of dollars worth of supplies within a matter of weeks. Once you have termites, it is very difficult to get rid of them because of their rate of reproduction. Another issue that many woodworking professionals face is that it’s hard to spot a termite problem before it is too late. Termites like to burrow and hide in dark, humid areas, making it almost impossible for you to know they’re even there until you begin to see the damage they’re causing.
One way to prevent termites from infesting the wood in your shop is to work with treated wood. Treated wood has a variety of chemicals coating the surface that prevents termites from wanting to take a bite. In fact, this coating is often toxic to termites and will kill them almost instantly. If you buy only untreated wood because it is cheaper, consider using your own sealant on your merchandise to save money and still give the wood that protective coating.
Once you notice there’s a termite problem, you need to get a professional team of exterminators in to take care of the issue. Termites are notoriously difficult to get rid of because they are hard to spot and multiply so quickly. Professionals will use all of their own tools, chemicals and supplies to get rid of the infestation in an effort to save your wood shop. If you own a large warehouse that specializes in selling wood, you may want to consider having it inspected for pests at least once a year even if you aren’t aware that there is a problem. This will prevent the pests from getting out of hand and destroying a lot of your product.