Termites are a property owner’s nightmare. Each year, Americans shell out about $5 billion to repair the damage caused by termites. Here are some tips from rmfenceohio.com on how to prevent termites from infesting your wooden fences or your property.
Check Fences Frequently
Wooden fencing needs to be checked at least once a year for any kind of damage such as rot or insect infestations. Any damage needs replacing immediately before termites find their way inside of the wood and begin to feast. Fences should also be checked whenever you hear that a neighbor has recently had termites. For so small a creature, termites are great long-distance travelers. They can tunnel underground from their colonies many yards into nearby homes and properties. A good Wood Fence in Newburgh Heights service will inspect the fence for you.
Remove Pools of Water
Termites need to keep away from the sun and the surface as their bodies easily dry out. A constantly wet fence makes an attractive environment for termites. When you are checking your fence or having your fence inspected by a Wood Fence in Newburgh Heights service, also check for small pools of water or very moist patches on the ground. Trim shrubs and bushes that pool water on the fences or around fence posts. Keep your lawn mowed. Remove all piles of waste wood, leaves, trash or any material that could cause pooling. Move bird baths so that they are a few feet away from your fences or walls. Fill in holes dug by Fido or other animals which could cause stagnant pools of water to form.
Choose Pressure Treated Wood
Although there are certain woods like cedar that repel termites momentarily when the fences begin to rot the termites will come. It’s more cost-efficient to replace all untreated wooden fencing with pressure-treated wood. This wood is tough, dry and not attractive to termites. If your fence was made before 2004, it could be made of green Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA) wood, which was advertised as insect-resistant. As the “Arsenate” implies, arsenic was used in the process. This fencing should be replaced by a Wood Fence in Newburgh Heights with pressure treated wood. In the meantime, keep pets away from the fencing and make sure everyone washes their hands after touching the fence.
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