Tim has a client near Fort Wayne with a beautiful deck. He recently installed a custom deck barrier around the perimeter on the under side. The client was having trouble with animals getting under the deck.
When animals get under the deck, a lot of problems can arise. When groundhogs dig a burrow under the deck, they can undermine the integrity of the footings, or even the house foundation. Other animals like raccoons, feral cats, opossums and more can make the underside of a deck their home. Often times an animal that is sick or old and about to die will find a place like a deck to hide and die. It is smelly and often times hard to access the dead animal under the deck without removing boards on top.
American Animal Control, LLC ® technicians install quite a few deck barriers every year. Custom-cut thick gauge wire cloth is buried deep enough to deter animals digging under the deck, and then an attractive solid wood barrier is often installed over the mesh, giving stability and can be painted or stained to match.