World Leaders in Animal Exclusion Advice, Fences, Enclosures and Products

Construction of Your Pest-Proof Fence

Typical Fence Construction Steps

Design / Planning

The first phase of the construction of a pest-proof fence is for Xcluder® staff to inspect the proposed site with the client. During this inspection, Xcluder® walk over and view the proposed fence line, allowing them to determine any specific requirements for construction and fencing components.

The inspection enables a detailed proposal to be prepared, outlining all factors relating to the fence including the alignment, earthworks required, type of pest proof fence best suited to the site, additional components required and the cost.

The design and planning process is the perfect opportunity to discuss with our customers who does what. Some customers want the full package, other customers have their own resources that they can use in the project (e.g. they can do their own earthworks or have their own post supplier). We are flexible about how much or how little we do to help get your project completed successfully to a pest proof standard. Contact us to discuss your needs.


Earthworks along the fence line may be required to provide a stable long-term base and to protect the fence base from erosion.

construction_earthworks_1 construction_earthworks_2 construction_earthworks_3 construction_earthworks_4

Construction of the Base Fence

The first stage of fence construction involves the construction of the base fence. The base fence provides the structural support required to carry the pest-proof mesh and hood structure.

construction_basefence_1 construction_basefence_2

Pest Proofing

To ensure every fence built is completely pest proof, Xcluder® has developed a rigorous quality control programme for staff and any contractors working on our fence lines. Each fence we construct is built to detailed specifications and is rigorously inspected repeatedly through the period of construction.

construction_pestproofing_1 construction_pestproofing_2 construction_pestproofing_3 construction_pestproofing_4

The following additional components can be added

For a pest fence to be fully effective, and for pest eradication to be achieved the constructed fence must be 100% effective at excluding all target pests around its entire perimeter.

Predator-proof construction: additional components 1 Predator-proof construction: additional components 2

Xcluder® watergates and fish passage:

Xcluder® have developed a pest-proof watergate design for permanently flowing streams that opens under high or flood flows and closes again when flow returns to normal levels.

construction_watergates_1 construction_watergates_2

Xcluder® pedestrian, vehicle and automated gates:

Xcluder® has developed a selection of fail-safe, pest-proof pedestrian and vehicle access gate systems that cannot be left open or ajar by careless operators.

construction_gates_1 construction_gates_2

Electronic surveillance:

For larger sites we recommend Xcluder's® Remote Electronic Surveillance System which provides 24 hour a day reporting of any fence breach caused by tree fall etc and reports any vehicle, pedestrian or water gate left open.

Final Inspection and Signoff

Following the completion of the pest-proof fence, Xcluder® arrange for an independent inspection to be undertaken of the entire fenceline, after which the fence can be signed off as complete.

construction_inspection_1 construction_inspection_2 construction_inspection_3