Termites will eat anything that’s made of wood, including your furniture if they can gain access to it. Luckily, there are ways in which you can protect your furniture even in the middle of a full blown infestation. Here’s how:
Termites cannot stand sunlight and excessive heat. They also heavily rely on environmental moisture in order to survive. As such, you can leave infested furniture in the sun for about two to three days in a row. The heat and the resulting lack of moistures will kill a lot of the termites that are inside your furniture. Removing the moisture will also make future infestations less likely.
What draws termites to wood is cellulose, and you can use this to your advantage. Cardboard also contains cellulose, and if you moisten it with water, you can make it very appealing to termites. Get your cardboard trap ready, place it on the infested furniture and wait for the termites to take the bait. Then, once the cardboard is infested, you can take it and dispose of it or burn it. Do this several times until you have removed the termites from the furniture.
Boric acid mixtures
Mixing borax powder with water creates a solution that is non-toxic and which can be sprayed on the furniture to kill the termites inside it. You can also combine this method with the cardboard trap for the best results.
Orange and neem oils also seem to be effective solutions against termites, thanks to the d-limonene compound found inside the orange oil. This compound will kill termites as soon as they come in contact with it. The neem oil is also an active ingredient, and it becomes effective shortly after the termites have ingested it. Combined, the two can deliver a knockout punch to the termites in your furniture.
When to call a pest control specialist
Having termites in your furniture is a sign of a much bigger issue – there are termites in your floors and walls. If this is the case, you want to remove the infestation as soon as possible, because termite colonies grow by the day, and the larger they grow the more damage they do. This is where you will need the help of a pest control company to deal with the issue. Contact us today if you have a termite infestation in your home.