Picture the scene: You’ve recently finished development on your new deck. The contractual workers have tidied up and gone for the afternoon, and you’re remaining in the patio with your family, respecting the new option to your home and fantasizing about how much worth it’ll add to your home. At long last, you dismiss, fulfilled.
Unexpectedly, you hear an appallingly awful commotion, like a few buzz saws had been initiated immediately, and afterward hushed.
You turn around. Your new deck is no more. In its place are a couple of termites, waiting after their feast and picking their mandibles with splinters of hardwood.
Alright, so the presence of termites probably would not be so sensational. In any case, they are a threat to any decking venture, as decks sit outside, unprotected, directly in termites’ characteristic territory – and in the normal environment of whatever other six-legged vermin that may yearn for a dinner of new timber.
Certainly, you could call the exterminator in, or purchase the most harmful pesticide you can discover without alarming Homeland Security. However, that will end up being a ceaseless cycle, and no one needs to eat grill over decking that scents like phenothiazine.
The most ideal approach to keep termites and different vermin out of decks is to work with material that the bugs would not discover tantalizing. Regularly, this will be composite wood decking.
Composite wood decking joins the provincial magnificence of wood with the common sense and sturdiness of engineered materials. It’s so named in light of the fact that it’s a wood-determined decking item – a blend of wood and plastic that is made instead of reaped like lumber. Normally produced using similar hardwoods and softwoods used to make standard timber; composite decking joins sawmill scraps, sawdust and other wood squander with plastic restricting material. Accordingly, it very well may be intended to meet application-explicit prerequisites. Decking is one utilization of composite wood items; they can likewise be utilized for lodging and different sorts of development.
Yet, you’re pondering: How can composite decking fend termites off if it’s produced using wood? Termites eat wood, is not that right?
Indeed, truly, yet it’s imperative to know why. Termites eat wood since it contains cellulose, a polysaccharide found in many plants. However, cellulose is difficult to measure – to appropriately process wooden decking material; termites depend on a complex cooperative relationship with a progression of organisms that live in their digestion tracts – called Trychonympha, for those taking notes.
Termites know not to eat composite wood decking materials, since they can detect that it has a considerable measure of plastic in it. In the event that a termite chose to attempt to build up a desire for composites, the Trychonympha, confronted with a substance significantly harder to process than cellulose, would take to the streets, and the termite would presumably starve to death.