Wooden decking has long been a popular option for homeowners because it provides the perfect balance for an outdoor space. You want a space where you can have a BBQ and talk to friends without having to stand on the grass (and destroy the lawn!). Decking provides this space. New homeowners and old need to think about pests in their backyard, and we want to explore those that like decking in this guide.
The sad truth is that decking can attract pests of all types and varieties (boo!). These sneaky pests not only wreak havoc on your decking but might even try to crash your cozy home. Brace yourself as we dive into the world of wooden decking and the mischievous critters that come along for the ride.
Many people won’t be surprised to hear that termites are a huge problem because they’re like ducks seeking water. Watch out for these wood-munching insects. They have a taste for wooden structures, including your precious decking. They’re drawn to the cellulose in wood, and wouldn’t you know it, that’s exactly what our decks are made of. Termites are quick to multiply and spread, wreaking havoc on your deck’s stability. Time to show them who’s boss and protect your wooden haven.
Deck-dwelling homeowners beware: carpenter ants, the uninvited guests with a taste for DIY remodeling. These winged wonders may look like termites, but they have a different agenda. They don’t munch on wood, oh no, they prefer to carve out cozy nests. It’s like a renovation project gone wrong. People think that ants are just tiny things and won’t cause an issue but they will soon damage your decking. The even worse fact is that the colony will grow and the problem will only get worse over time (oh dear!).
Apart from these pesky troublemakers that wreak havoc on your home’s structure, homeowners should also keep an eye out for uninvited creepy crawlies like spiders, ants, and cockroaches. They may not damage your decking, but they sure know how to ruin your outdoor vibes. Time to show them the door. We’re probably not alone in not wanting to look out onto the decking and see lots of spider webs. It just makes the decking seem unclean and unwelcoming. Ants and cockroaches meanwhile will scurry around and not provide the best sight for friends trying to enjoy their burgers.
Preventing Pests on Decking
The good news is that you don’t just need to watch as pests take over your backyard. The first step is to give your decking a regular once-over for any suspicious signs. Keep an eye out for tiny woodpecker Airbnb’s, abandoned wings or droppings, and spots where the wood looks like it’s been on a diet. If you spot any of these shenanigans, don’t wait around. Dial up a pro to deal with the situation. Ignoring pests is like planting seeds for a future disaster.
Some people are also using repellant and even seeking decking alternatives in America as these may not be as attractive to pests (even though they’re more attractive to your home!).