Even though the fall is soon to give way to winter, that doesn’t mean your wood fence is out of the woods just yet. Whether you use your fence to protect your home or business, termites can still find a way to move in and build their newest nest. Here are some ways to tell if your fence is infested with termites.
How Much Harm Can Termites Do?
Did you know that termites can do massive amounts of damage to your wood fence? All across the country, these pests cause over $1 billion in damage every year. There are two common types of termites: subterranean and drywood. What’s the difference between them?
Subterranean: As you might be able to guess from their name, these termites typically live underground That way, they can avoid the ravages of unpredictable winter weather and then reemerge to feast on your wood fence.
Drywood: Unlike their underground cousins, drywood termites can build their colony almost anywhere they can find a source of wood. Their new home might be inside your house, your toolshed, or yes, even your fence.
Symptoms of Termite Infestation
You might think you see ants, but chances are, they’re termites instead. Look closely at the wooded areas around the outside of your building, especially on your fences. If you see a swarm, you probably have a termite infestation on your hands. They’ll also leave behind small gaps and holes in the wood that are nearly impossible to see. Did you find wood dust piling up on the ground? That’s another telltale symptom. Also, be sure to keep your wood fences as dry as possible, since wet wood is a termite’s favorite treat.
Keeping Your Wood Fence Safe
If you choose specially-treated wood for your fences, you should be able to repel the next wave of termites. However, much like with other insect problems, you could also depend on the services of a professional exterminator to come and address the issue for you.
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