The pieces of furniture in your home can be infested by drywood termites. These termite species will infest any wooden furniture; thus, it is best to observe your furniture and fixtures for any signs of infestation, including:
- Finding tiny, light- to golden-brown colored droppings inside or under the infested piece of furniture. The termite droppings have elongated shape with rounded sides and flattened surface all around.
- Hollow-sounding wood when you lightly poke the fixture using a hammer head.
- The wooden surface of the fixture is cracked or have distorted paint.
- Finding sawdust around the furniture
Drywood termite loves to dwell in dry and non-decaying wood; thus, wooden pieces of furniture are their ideal feeding ground. Furthermore, these termites do not need excessive moisture to survive, making them capable of infesting your indoor furniture. Thankfully, drywood termite infestation can be treated and controlled using natural and chemical-based treatments. Here are a few furniture treatment methods to get rid of these creepy crawlies.
How To Treat Termite Infested Furniture
- Sunlight Exposure: You have to know that termites, especially drywood termites, love to dwell in dark places. They even die when they are exposed to direct sunlight. With that said, if you suspect that your furniture is infested with unwanted bugs, you need to place it outside the house where sunlight can reach and penetrate it. As an added tip, you must look for a place with excellent ventilation. You must also prepare newspaper and place it around and underneath the furniture.
- Cardboard Trap: If you do not want to use chemical-based termiticide, you can create your own cardboard trap instead. This is a very effective technique for getting rid of termites. In fact, professional exterminators also use this technique.It is vital to use cardboard for this bait since it contains the organic compound known as cellulose which is very attractive to termites. To create your own trap, you must spray at least three pieces of cardboard with water. After doing so, you must pile the moist cardboards together near the infested furniture. This will draw the termites to the cellulose and into the moisture of the cardboard. Leave the bait for two to three days, and then remove the cardboard trap along with the termites. As an additional tip, you can use this technique along with sunlight exposure.
- Cold Treatment: Another natural treatment for drywood infested fixtures is cold treatment. This is best for those pieces with hard to reach places or are much too large to move out of the house. You can use liquid nitrogen and pump it into the voids of the furniture. This will instantly freeze and kill the termites.
- Use Termiticide Spray: When you decide to use this treatment option, you need to know that it contains chemicals and toxins that can be harmful for you and your family. With that said, you can apply it generously all over the infested fixture. Remember to leave the piece of furniture in an area where you and your family won’t access frequently to avoid inhaling any of the toxic fumes. Return only after a day or two once the termiticide has dried. If you plan to use this treatment, it is best to trust an experienced exterminator to do the job.
- Fumigation: This solution is a whole house treatment option. This technique is best performed by a professional exterminator. Fumigation is a very effective technique that can kill the termites infesting your property. This technique involves wrapping the entire house with a gas-tight tarpaulin. Once it becomes air-tight, a gas will be pumped into the house to kill termites. It may take more than two days to get the expected outcome.Although this treatment is highly effective, it still releases a toxic gas which may be harmful for children and animals. With that said, you must stay in another location while your house is still being treated.
Once you suspect termite infestation in any of your wooden pieces of furniture, you must immediately take action. In addition, you must also remain vigilant and be proactive in preventing termite infestation. For instance, avoid using wood that has been damaged by the rain or snow. You can also choose pieces of furniture and fixtures made from termite-resistant wood, such as redwood and cedar. Lastly, you can also treat your wooden furniture with Timbor which is a preservative that can protect your fixtures from infestation.
Guest Author: Kris Lim is a writer for Las Vegas pest control companies and websites. In this article, she writes about five of the best furniture treatment options for termite infestation.