Fall is here now, which means that you won’t have to worry about insects destroying your fence. However, it is still helpful to have an idea of how to get rid of pesky pests when spring and summer roll around again. Keep your fence attractive and durable by partaking in a little maintenance to preserve it for years to come and prevent the pests from attacking. We have some tips for keeping pesky pets away from your fence. These are simple steps that any homeowner can follow. Keep reading!
Apply a Creosote Substitute to Your Fence
Creosote is a tar-derived compound that sinks into wood and shields it from the sun and rain. It also protects your fence from termites and other pests or insects that bore into wood, such as carpenter ants. Using this technique will help you get the most bang for your back and aids in longevity. Creosote itself is carcinogenic, but there are substitutes out on the market that won’t do any harm to homeowners or the environment altogether.
Pressure Wash Your Fence
Pressuring washing your fence will display any areas that are rotting or decaying. Wash your entire fenced area, including bases and posts. Doing so will remove any leaves or debris where insects or pests live. Once you see any damaged areas, then you will be able to fix them or call a professional to do so.
Remove Breeding or Hidden Areas
Insects breed so long as there are optimal conditions to do so. Standing water appeals to insects because your yard may contain several pockets. Make sure that rainwater stays away from your fence. Also, high grass is a place where insects like to hide. To eliminate tall grass, make sure to mow your yard at least once a week. Cut 1/3 of the grass blade to keep overgrowth at bay.
Carefully Select Your Wood Type
Some woods are better for repelling insects and pests. Cedar and redwood are qualifying woods. Choosing these woods could help to keep your wooden fence insect free for years to come. A common misconception is that wooden fences aren’t durable, but this isn’t true. Think about trees. It usually takes a lifetime or longer for them to degrade. The same concept applies to your fence. Now that you know some tips to keep pesky pests away, you can preserve your wooden fence even longer.
Get in Touch With Hercules Fence Today
Hercules Fence has experience with nearly every type of residential and commercial fencing material imaginable, from wood and aluminum to chain link, vinyl, steel, and even temporary fencing. We have developed a reputation for quality work and fair, competitive prices. Hercules Fence is ready to serve you from six convenient locations. We have offices in Manassas, Richmond, Newport News, Norfolk, Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina.
If you have any questions about finding your dream fence or fence maintenance, you can contact Hercules Fence today by calling (757) 316-3600 or visitFencesNewportNews.com today for a free quote.