Painting a timber fence is not enough to prevent termites from invading your property. A new enclosure that is constructed of long wooden planks may be the ideal border that will accommodate your children and pets while spending time outdoors. What would your first instinct be if you noticed a colony of winged insects that resemble termites, crawling across the surface of some of the posts and wooden planks? Take control of the infestation and clean and protect the wood, to prevent further intrusions.
Get Down to the Root of the Problem
When viewing the fence, you may notice insects crawling on it. Beetles, ladybugs, and other insects that tend to walk on firm surfaces do not necessarily pose a threat to the integrity of your enclosure. Termites, however, are a serious threat to wooden structures. They feed on pulp and can weaken wood. In addition, if a termite infestation grows, the insects could wind up traversing your property and becoming a threat to your residence, if it is constructed of wood.
If you inspect the wood and are certain that termites are on it, purchase an insecticide to treat the affected surfaces. Complete an initial pesticide session and observe if the termites have been eliminated. Treat the fence again, if there is any sign of termites still present. Use a hose that has an adjustable nozzle extension attached to it to rinse off each of the fence's wooden planks and accessories.
Tend to the Property and Seal the Wood
If you have neglected to cut the grass on your property or if there are weeds growing that haven't been eliminated, it is time to address these issues. Termites and other insects typically burrow in dense foliage. Termites may be especially drawn to plants that are growing next to wooden structures. Use your lawn mower and weed trimmer to get your property back into order. If you do not have the time to handle the landscaping requirements, hire a professional landscaping company to remove overgrowth.
Contemplate using a wood sealer to preserve the appearance and condition of each piece of timber that was used to construct your residential fence. A clear coat of sealer should be brushed across clean, dry wooden surfaces. Use a wide-tipped paintbrush to cover each side of wooden planks. Use a thin-tipped brush to apply sealer to narrow wooden sections. The preservation process will result in a slick, impenetrable surface that will deter termites from harboring in each piece of wood.
Reach out to a pest control company for more information about residential termite treatment.