Prevent Insects from Eating Your Gazebo
If your gazebo is made from wood, there is a great chance that it is not inviting only your guests. Unfortunately, wood and wood structures are also highly appealing to various insects which either feed on wood like the termites or make it their home. In addition to being unsightly, insect infestation also poses a risk of a very serious damage to your gazebo and dramatically reduces its durability. The good news is that there are ways to prevent insects from eating your gazebo and keep it all to yourself.
Prevention is the Best 'Attack'
Insect infestation can be very difficult to eliminate and therefore, it is best to prevent it from happening in the first place. The easiest way to do that is to choose a gazebo that is built from a type of wood that isn't vulnerable to insect infestation. And yes, there are types of wood that are naturally resistant to insects, if you are perhaps wondering. So when shopping for a gazebo, be sure to pay close attention to building materials. But if you already own a gazebo that is not built from insect-proof materials, don't despair because you can keep wood-eating insects at bay by a simple thing as applying protective finish.
All-In-One Wood Protectors
Most types of wood are not only vulnerable to insects but other outdoor elements as well including rain, changes in temperatures and moisture levels, UV-light, mould, etc. If you want your gazebo to last, you should therefore protect it from all potentially damaging outdoor elements. This, however, doesn't mean you have to paint it with each protective coating separately. You can but it is a lot easier (and cheaper too!) to use 'all-in-one' wood protector instead. But please keep in mind that some products offer better protection than the others and that the protective coating should be re-applied every few years.
Keep Your Eyes Open
Just because you have painted your gazebo with wood protector that doesn't necessarily mean it is 100% safe from insects and other harmful outdoor elements. All it takes is an inch of inadequately painted area for insects to invade your it. So keep your eyes open and react right away if you notice the presence of any insects.
If you must use insecticides to eliminate insect infestation, please note that insecticides are highly toxic to both humans and animals. Use only when all other insect control methods have failed and carefully follow the manufacturer's instructions for use.