Wood fencing offers natural beauty and long-term durability. With proper care, a wooden fence can last for decades, giving you the privacy and protection you need and the aesthetic appeal you want for your property.
However, termites can be an issue. Wood is wood to these ravenous pests, and to them, a wooden fence could look mighty tasty.
Fortunately, you can take steps to protect wood fencing from a termite infestation. Here’s how to make sure your fence stays termite-free.
Treat the Fence
One of the most effective ways to prevent termites from munching on wood fencing is to have it regularly treated. Pesticides work well, or you can apply an oil-based stain. If you’d rather paint your fence, use an oil-based primer or termite-resistant paint.
Remove Nearby Wood
Are there any old, rotten stumps close to your wooden fence? Get rid of them and any other nearby wood that may attract termites. Make sure your stack of firewood is at least a few feet away from the fencing, too.
Transplant Heavy Shrubs
Big bushes and hefty shrubs can be attractive to termites, so transplanting any that are close to your wood fencing is a smart move. Flowers are safer to plant along a fence, but be aware that frequent watering could set the scene for an infestation.
Clear Away the Mulch
To termites, mulch makes for a great meal. If you have any near your wood fencing, the pests could easily move from munching the mulch to feasting on your fence. So, you may want to skip mulching in
Eliminate Sources of Moisture
Damp areas and standing water can create
Regularly Check the Fence
Despite your best efforts, termites can make their way to your wooden fence. To combat this, inspect it on a regular basis, looking for holes and damaged areas. Cracked paint, hollow-sounding wood and termite droppings – which resemble sand or sawdust – can also point to an infestation. If you spot the problem early on, you can stop the pests before they get out of hand.
Do you need more advice on how to keep your wooden fence safe from termites? Or has the worst already happened, and now you need new fencing? Either way, if you live in the greater Salt Lake City area, turn to the professionals at All Over Fence.
A northern Utah industry leader, All Over Fence offers a range of affordable, high-quality residential and commercial fencing options. We build our fences to last, and our expert team is always happy to address any of your concerns.
For more information about All Over Fence, or for tips on termite prevention for wood fencing, contact us today.