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Termites love wood. That’s fairly common knowledge. Termites can wreak havoc on homes, roofs, sheds and other parts of the property, but what about treated wood fences? Are fences susceptible to termites, and how can you prevent termites on wood fences? Read on to learn how to safeguard your fencing.
Most Wood Fences Are Susceptible to Termites
Most types of wood fences are subject to termite damage, even if they are treated for outdoor use. Some wood species are naturally resistant to termites, such as cypress, cedar and redwood. However, that doesn’t make those species completely termite-proof, especially as they age. It’s always best to err on the side of caution when it comes to termite prevention.
Wood Fence Maintenance Can Prevent Termite Damage
As a general rule of thumb, you should inspect your fencing periodically for signs of termite damage, wood rot, water damage, broken boards, and other issues. Make repairs as quickly as possible to prevent the damage from spreading.
To prevent termites and other wood fence pests, keep debris away from your fence line. Forgotten leaf piles are known for harboring pests. They can become a breeding ground for termites and other critters that feed off your fencing and landscaping.
Keep your fence line clean throughout the year, and stain/seal your wood fence every 3-5 years. This is the best way to keep termites at bay.
Signs of Termite Damage on Wood Fences
Here are some potential signs of termite damage in wood fencing:
- Holes in the fence pickets or wood fence posts
- Mud tubes along the base of your fencing
- Sawdust near the fence line
- Weak wood that feels soft or crumbles when you press into it
- Termite damage on wood near the fencing (shed, wood swing set, yard ornaments, etc.)
If you notice any of these issues on your fencing, consider contacting a pest control company near you. Then reach out to All Around Fence for repair.
How to Repair a Fence with Termites
Typically, termite fence repair involves removing all fence elements that have been exposed to termites and replacing them with new, termite-free wood. This will likely happen after a pest control specialist neutralizes the problem. If you catch the infestation early on, you may not need extensive repairs. We can discuss your options during an in-person evaluation to help you decide which steps to take next.