Wooden fencing is one of the oldest fencing styles there is, and there’s no sign of it going away anytime soon. It’s still beautiful and functional, suitable for all sorts of homes and businesses. The only drawback is the list of maintenance procedures you have to follow. If you don’t stay on top of maintenance, your fence will begin rotting, cracking, or warping, among other problems that can pop up. One such problem comes from critters trying to eat away at your fence, but fortunately, you can combat this issue. Here are some critters that can harm your wooden fencing and how you can keep them from doing damage.
Trouble With Termites
With Alaska as the exception, termites are in all states across the United States, but they like warmer and more humid climates more, and that means summer is a likely time for them to pay a visit.
These little guys are nasty, especially in groups. A colony of termites can gnaw their way through roughly 13 pounds’ worth of wood every year, which means action needs to be taken quickly if you think you have termites chewing away at your wooden fencing.
Carpenter bees will create round holes inside your wooden fencing, and try to turn your fence into their residence. You’ll often see sawdust near wherever the holes are formed, meaning you’ll have a solid indicator of whether or not carpenter bees are nearby. A pair of bees will only make one tunnel, so the more holes your fence has, the more bees you have as well.
How Do You Deal With These Insects?
Both of these insects can be kept at bay with the same solution, and that is to paint your wood or get it pressure-treated. Sometimes, staining can help, but there are insects that will still gnaw their way through your fence regardless.
If your fence has been damaged too much, get your entire fence replaced, and make sure to invest in a fence that is resistant to pests. Both vinyl and metal fences are great for this purpose.
Also, if you have a wooden fence, plan annual maintenance to keep it in good shape. Insects have an easier time piercing through your fence if the wood is soft and moist, but staying on top of maintenance keeps your wood from weakening.
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