Steel agricultural buildings are preferable to those made of wood for a variety of reasons. In this article, we will discuss the efficiency of steel agricultural buildings concerning controlling a termite infestation, and the steps you could take to prevent termites on your farm.
Why Kill Termites?
A termite infestation won’t directly harm you or your livestock, but it can cause irreparable damage to your structures and possessions. Termites feed on wood, paper, insulation, trees and shrubbery around your farm, but will also eat through plastic in search of organic matter.
The only material termites will not seek to ingest is metal, as it contains no plant-based cellulose which makes up most of a termite’s diet. So, if you’re looking to prevent termites, we recommend replacing the wooden structures and tools on your farm with metal alternatives.
Can Termites Get Through Metal?
Although termites don’t set out to eat metal, they can get into your building through even the smallest of gaps in your metal structures. So it’s important to regularly maintain your metal facilities for damage to prevent the ingress of these creepy crawlies which can very quickly create a termite infestation.
Termites usually only breed once a year but can produce hundreds of thousands depending on the size of the original colony. So once they’re in, it’s difficult to get them out.
Why Build Steel Agricultural Buildings to Prevent Termites?
Termites can live in wood for several years if not thoroughly exterminated, and eat away at the wooden beams that support your buildings until their structural integrity is irreparably damaged. Wood is porous, so it doesn’t take much exertion on the termite’s part to get through and grow its colony right under your nose.
However, metal is naturally non-porous. So the termites would experience far more difficulty in living inside the metal walls of your steel agricultural buildings.
The Benefits of Steel Agricultural Buildings
The benefits of steel buildings are plentiful, especially in the agricultural sector and in relation to the control of termites.
The cost of installing a steel building on your farm is far less than the cost of replacing wooden structures due to damage inflicted by termites or killing the termite colonies inside them. Steel buildings have an extensive life expectancy, so installing a steel building is an affordable long-term investment.
Unlike wood, steel is resistant to rotting, shrinkage and moulding, which creates substantial weatherability against harsh storms and hard rain. The unlikelihood of damage to your steel building will offer assurance that it will not become damaged and allow termites to ingress.
- Fast Installation
Steel buildings are easy to manufacture and can be very easily installed on your farm. Wooden structures take far longer to build, and there is no guarantee that termites won’t begin their infestation on the day of installation. So steel buildings are definitely preferable.
How can Kit Buildings Direct Help?
Here at Kit Buildings Direct, we manufacture and install steel agricultural buildings that will help you prevent termite infestations on your farm. We use high-quality materials and guarantee efficient design and fast installation without cutting corners.
We have over 20 years of experience providing land-owners with bespoke and durable steel buildings that keep their farm secure from termites and functioning optimally.