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Why Are There Holes in My Fence? Three Insects That Might be Eating Your Wooden Fence

 

Pennsylvania might be known for its lush wooded areas and natural beauty, but experienced fence contractors in Montgomery County also know that this beautiful fall foliage also brings with it a group of uninvited guests – insects. Wood-boring pests can be especially dangerous during the fall because the holes they dig leave your fence exposed to the wind and rain of hurricane season, which can eventually lead to rot and repairs. If you’re noticing a bunch of little holes in your wooden fence, here are three pests that are likely to blame.

  • Termites. Termites are the most famous wood-loving insect, and they love warm and humid areas – meaning that Pennsylvania at the end of summer is the perfect place for them to lay eggs. Termites have a straight body, and most people describe them as looking like “white ants.” The average termite colony eats 13 pounds of wood a year!

 

  • Carpenter ants. Carpenter ants have a body that’s about half an inch long, and can often be seen at night when they forage for food. They usually invade wood that’s already been damaged by rot, so an infestation of carpenter ants usually requires fencing companies in Philadelphia to replace the section of the fence that has been infested with a new panel or panels.

 

  • Wood-boring beetles. There are many different species of beetles that live off wood, and they can usually be distinguished by the small hole that they leave behind when they dig into the wood of a fence. Beetles can be particularly dangerous because their holes are small, yet the eggs they lay inside the wood will feed off the fence for months to come.

 

The bottom line? Keep a lookout for holes in your fence – catching an insect problem earlier can lead to a quicker and less expensive fix than putting it off until later down the line. If you have any questions about fencing, or if you’re looking to install or renovate a fence, please feel free to contact us at 267-329-3005 or visit our website at http://www.greenhillfencing.com/.