4 Ways to Protect Your Timber Fence From Termite Damage

Posted on: 22 July 2015

In Australia, termite populations are an unavoidable reality, especially the further north you live. But despite much of Australia's climate being conducive to allow termites to thrive, it doesn't mean that you need to experience termite-related damage — particularly in timber around the home. Despite the fact that wooden fences are one of the most popular fencing options on the market for their natural looks, durability and affordability, if the proper precautions are not taken they can be susceptible to termite damage. However, with these measures, you can ensure your timber fence stands strong for many years to come.

Use A Termite Barrier

A chemical termite barrier put into the soil around the fence will provide a barrier, and it will prevent your timber from becoming a food source. There are a few well-known brands of termiticides that are used by professional pest controllers around the world. A technician can inject these around the fence line (and around the concrete base of the home) and under normal conditions these will provide protection for up to 8 years.

Use Chemically-Treated Timber

When erecting a new fence, using chemically-treated timber is a must to deter termites as well as helping to keep rot and fungal growth under control. There are a number of different treatments available on the market, depending on the species of wood and whether the timber sits above or below ground. Many timbers, such as pine, for use in fences will be pre-treated. If your fence has been already erected with un-treated timber, a chemical barrier will likely be the most effective way to protect your fence.

Keep Trees and Shrubs Pruned

Trees, shrubs and other foliage can provide a nest for foraging termites, so any shrubbery and trees near the fence line should be regularly pruned to avoid providing a bridge for termites. This measure will be less important if chemically-treated timber has been used in the fence or a chemical ground barrier has been applied. Trees with large roots should also be avoided being planted along a fence line, since their roots can disrupt chemical treatments.

Minimise Moisture Around Fences

Dampness can attract termites, providing them with a water source, and wet timber is easier for termites to digest as they break down the cellulose within. Be sure to fix any leaks around the property including dripping taps, and ensure hot water units and air conditioning units are kept well at least 1m clear from any part your timber fence. As an added precaution, avoid using hoses around fences, while keeping garden beds away from the fence line.

Visit a site like http://www.amazingfencing.com.au to learn more about timber fencing options that will be resistant to termite invasions.