Your fence does many jobs. Not only does it allow you to have privacy, but your fence is also a piece of decor, helping your yard to look organized as it adds to your homeÃ¢ÂÂs curb appeal. Now that warmer and wetter weather has arrived, your Austin fence needs more protection than ever.
Not only can moisture penetrate your fencing, but it can also provide food and habitat for fence-destroying insects. This post will provide more information about how to protect your wood fence from the weather so that insects cannot infest and destroy it.
Clean and Inspect Your Fence
You canÃ¢ÂÂt see potential damage to your fence if there is dirt blocking the way. Pressure washing your fence will reveal any signs of potential infestation by insects. Once clean, you can inspect your fence for rotting or damage.
Keep Insects Away
Termites, carpenter ants, and other fence-destroying insects will not damage your privacy fence if the environment around them is unsuitable. Therefore, itÃ¢ÂÂs important to be sure that any moisture which can cause rotting wood be eliminated. You can also remove any plants from around your fence which may attract wood-boring insects.
Watch for These Signs of Infestation
Three top wood-destroying insects are carpenter ants, powder post beetles, and termites.
Carpenter ants build their nests inside fence boards. They have wings and enter wood that has already started to rot. These yellow, brown, red, or black insects will be evidenced by the piles of wood shavings they will leave near fence posts.
Powder post beetles also bore into wood fencing in Austin TX to lay their eggs. A beetle can remain inside a fence post for a long time. The first sign of infestation by powder post beetles is a fine powder located either on the fence post or on the ground.
Termites can be of the dry wood or subterranean variety. Dry wood termites will burrow into the wood of Austin fencing and feed on the cellulose found inside. Subterranean termites love moist areas and will build nests close to the soil. Probe your fence with a sharp object and remove; if you see sawdust, you likely have termites.
Treating Established Infestations
If your fence has already been infested by wood-boring insects, you may see success with applying treatment to the fence and the soil around it. You can also bait the insects using poisonous food which they take back to the colony.
The best wood fence protection will not only prevent damage to your fence from rot-causing rain, but it will also be unappealing to termites, beetles, and ants looking for a place to nest.
If youÃ¢ÂÂve never dealt with an insect infestation before, or simply wish to know more about how to prevent an infestation from occurring, the experts at Barrier Fence can help. They have the know-how to tell you just what may be eating away at your fence and can offer advice on the best wood fence protection for you, so call (512) 354-4409 today.