Wooden fences can look beautiful on your property, but they have the unfortunate quality of being appealing to insects like wood bees and carpenter ants. Even cedar fences, which are known for their insect repellent abilities, may harbor insects once they age and their natural oils have dissipated. Many homeowners turn to chemical insect repellents to protect their fences, but these can be dangerous to pets, children and the environment. A great alternative is to use one of more of the following insect control measures:
Diatomaceous earth, or DE, is a fine powder made from the shells of tiny oceanic creatures called diatoms. The powder is completely safe for humans (if you buy the food grade variety), but its crystalline structure allows it to make tiny breaks in the exoskeletons of insects. When exposed to DE, insects die because their skeletons are ruined and they become dehydrated.
Purchase a bag of DE, and spread some along the base of your fence, being especially careful to place plenty of it near the bottoms of the fence posts. This will kill any ants or other bugs that try to crawl upt the fence posts. You can also spread a thin layer of DE along the tops of fence rails. Wear gloves when applying the DE; though it is not dangerous, it will dry your skin out.
Whether you have an old cedar fence that has lost its insect-repelling potency, or a fence made from another variety of wood, you can still harness the power of cedar to repel bugs. Purchase some bags of cedar mulch, and spread the mulch out beneath the base of the fence. A 2-3 inch thick layer will suffice. The oils from the cedar will repel bugs from the general vicinity. Add new mulch every couple of months to keep up the potency.
Insects do not like the smell or taste of bitter orange. Purchase a bottle of bitter orange essential oil at a health food store, and dilute it with vinegar. Adding 12-15 drops of bitter orange oil to about ½ cup of vinegar is sufficient. Place this mixture in a spray bottle, and shake it well. Spray it over your fence, shaking it periodically to ensure the orange oil stays evenly distributed in the vinegar. Reapply this mixture after every time it rains to keep bugs away. It also works well on patios and lawn furniture when fighting mosquitoes!
With the remedies above, you can win the battle against the bugs. Feel free to use more than one of these treatments at the same time if your bug problem is especially bad. For more information, contact your fence contractor (like Buyrningwood Farm Inc).Share
6 October 2015
I have always loved dogs, so when I was presented with an option to start breeding dogs, I jumped on it. Before I could begin the breeding business, I had to have some fencing installed and some kennels built. The fencing that I needed had to be able to hold up if the dogs were to jump up against it and had to be high enough to keep them from jumping over it. If you are trying to fence in your yard to keep your dog contained, you will find some helpful tips that the fencing contractor provided to me during my installation job.