Insects That Can Do Damage To Your Wooden Fence

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Your wooden fence gives all its time out in the elements; it’s bound to take a little bit of insect damage, eventually. A wood fence is terrible about this, and it can end up with a ruined fence. But, by watching out the bugs that do the most destruction, you can be on top of replacement before it’s even required.

Termites

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When you think of wood-damaging insects, termites are usually at the top of the list. These small critters form colonies that do an enormous amount of damage. They are most common here in Oklahoma.

 

Termites are flying insects that burrow tunnels as they munch within wood, like fences and other wooden structures. They live on the cellulose included in the wood.

 

There are two common types of termites the dry wood and subterranean. Most of the time, the wood will look uninjured on the outside, but when penetrated with a pointed object, the wood breaks, leaving sawdust inside.

Dry wood termites eat dry wood anywhere on the posts or planks of the fence.  Although severe damage is done to buildings and other wood products in some areas of the U.S., these termites are usually less dangerous than subterranean termites just because they are less widespread. While a typical subterranean termite colony can accommodate more than 500,000 termites, a typical dry wood termite colony only holds about 10,000.

Subterranean termites are by far the most disastrous termite species. The hard, saw-toothed jaws of termites work like shears and can bite off tiny pieces of wood, one piece at a time. Over time, they can collapse a structure completely, meaning possible financial ruin for a homeowner.

Powder Post Beetles (Lyctinae)

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This beetle is a dark brown to a black color and a quarter-inch long. They bore up holes into the wood to lay their eggs. Once the larvae hatch, they feast on the wood beneath the exterior. 

Infestation typically discovered and noticing the powder. This beetle can spend a long time inside the wood post and planks. They prefer untreated wood, like wooden fences. The pressure treated woods has been kiln-dried or stained, is less affected.

Carpenter Ants

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They love wood, but they did not eat. Instead, they build a massive nest within the boards.

There are a variety of colors; brown, black, red, and even yellow and have wings like the termites. There is confusion, sometimes distinguishing the termites and these ants. A rotting area in your wooden fence gives these pests access to infest.

If you see shaving of wood near a post, you may have an infestation of these kinds of ants and some holes in the fence. 

Tips

You can try to treat your fence posts or panels with pesticides or creosote a mixture made from the distillation of coal tar. A pesticide, such as ​, can be combined and sprayed on the wood fence to kill the infesting pests.

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You can try to treat your fence posts or panels with pesticides or creosote a mixture made from the distillation of coal tar. A pesticide, such as Bora-Carem, can be combined and sprayed on the wood fence to kill the infesting pests.

We highly encourage you to hire a professional to replace your wooden fences that are affected by these insects we treat the wood by staining and sealing it to reduce the damage. And you can also hire a Pest Control Professional to analyze the problem and give a solution for the extermination because you might get an allergic reaction, lead to an accident, or any misuse of a hazardous pesticide if you are not familiar with using it.

Wood fences could last up to 20 years upwards if they received routine maintenance. The Fence Masters has been installing and repairing wooden fences in Oklahoma City and surrounding areas for about more than 20 years in the business. We guarantee our work and materials that we are using to exceed your expectations. We have an A+ rating at the BBB.

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The Fence Masters are encouraging you to stain and seal your fencing project whether it’s a newly installed or weathered for several years, give us a call, and you have a FREE quote and the exclusive 20% off on wood fence stain when we install your fence.

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To get a FREE quote and the exclusive 20% off on wood fence stain when we install your fence or if you have any questions, please call us today at 405 728 3200.

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