Depending on where you live, you'll need to choose the best fencing option-- not only for family safety and beautiful design-- but also for keeping unwanted intruders out. Some of these unwanted intruders include pests like termites, ants, rabbits, raccoons, and deer. You can choose the fence that is best for keeping your particular pest out of your yard and out of your home.
Fences And Termites
Although a fence can't really dissuade termites from entering your house, your still want to protect your fence and your property from attracting these subtle destroyers. A beautiful redwood, cedar lumber has a distinct odor and flavor that is simply repugnant to most insects--including termites. Your standard pine fencing may become the target of a feeding frenzy, so if you're worried about termites, it best to splurge for this visually appealing and long lasting fencing option. Cedar wood is also a great material for finishing decking and above-ground pool siding for the same reasons.
If you are building a wood fence, even if it is from cedar, you should always be certain to sink the lumber posts into the ground with gravel or cement. Subterranean termites have a difficult time penetrating this barrier. When a post is sunk into the ground without this protection, your chances of attracting wood-loving pests increases.
When you choose to paint or stain, using an oil-based product will also help provide an extra level of protection. Finally, if you want to pest-proof your existing wooden fence, but can't afford to replace it with a repellant wood, you can refinish your fence with a preservative that will deter wood-boring insects.
Fences And Rabbits
If you're worried about the health of your trees and garden plants due to ravenous rabbits, a simple wire fence may be all you need to deter these cuddly pests. You can install chicken wire or close-knit rectangular wire around the bottom two feet of your existing fence. If you don't have a fenced yard, simply put the wire fences around the areas that attract the bunnies: your garden and your young trees.
Fences And Raccoons
Unfortunately, raccoons are both vicious and resourceful, which means many residential fences will not be able to deter them. Raccoons can both climb and dig. If you are really keen on preventing raccoons, you can erect a prison-style fence around your property: a high chain link fence, finished with barbed wire along the top. The chain should extend into the ground, in order to dissuade raccoons from digging.
This kind of fence can be unsightly on a residential home, but it will have the added bonus of keeping out nearly every other intruder, including human trespassers. This option is usually only viable for rural home locations.
Fences And Deer
Deer can be tricky to keep out, because they can easily jump most fence heights. In order to have a fence that will deter a deer, you should opt for privacy-style fencing: full wooden panels that extend seven or eight feet high. You can also use wire or cinder blocks, but wood fencing looks the most natural, especially in a suburban yard. Some new fencing uses polypropylene material, like fishing wire, which is thin but strong, that creates a fence that is less visible than more traditional deer fencing options.
You can also deter deer by pairing your fence with a loyal dog with a loud bark, or by putting strong smelling items along the fence perimeter, such as animal urine or blood, or fragrant soaps.
Your fencing can be effective in protecting your home from invasive pests. Choosing the right material and installation methods will definitely reduce your chances of seeing unwanted critters in your home and garden. Contact a fencing company to get more info on the best materials for keeping animals out.