Annual Spring Deck Cleaning and Found

Old 04-16-23, 05:43 AM
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Annual Spring Deck Cleaning and Found

Spring scrub down and found 2 interesting items, the first was a pile of something on one of the steps, in the corner. Wasn't dirt, saw dust like, but inspecting top and bottom no sign of any damage, it's all PT amd composite. Almost looks like the material was brought to that spot but by what?

2nd item I actually noticed late last year, kind of looks like something was chewing on one of the posts, do those look like teeth marks? What the heck chews on PT posts?

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I've seen ants leave similar piles of "stuff" behind. They may just be excavating in any dirt that has blown or washed into the cracks. A little poking with an awl or the like will tell you if any of the PT is getting punky.

As to the post, I've seen similar damage from woodpeckers on the PT post that holds our bird feeders. But yours is so close to the ground I doubt it's from woodpeckers.
Old 04-16-23, 02:50 PM
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Many animals, such as beavers, rabbits, porcupines, and squirrels, may like to chew on pressure-treated wood.

We have had a lot of snow this year and I have noticed that a lot of shrubs have the bark chewed off.

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