How To Protect Your Furniture And Your House From Termites

by Editor on May 6, 2013


When termites infest your furniture, it may not seem as a serious threat in the beginning, until they move on to infest your house. Termites are a threat to homes as these pests can infest by colonies so massive and they can damage your home undetected. If termites have begun infesting your furniture then is essential that you get rid of them immediately before they decide to infest the wood foundation and structures of your home. Drywood termites are a common problem in homes as they can thrive in walls, furniture and house structures feeding on cellulose. If you are worried about termites taking over your home, then it is best that you look for signs that indicate their presence.

Look For Warning Signs

Termites thrive in environments with low moisture, such as wooden furniture during summer, and they can destroy your furniture inside out. Once they have finished feeding on your furniture, they can move on to other wooden structures which make pest control very essential. The first step into controlling a termite infestation is by looking for warning signs such as:

  • Chipped pieces of wood furniture
  • Cracked surfaces
  • Cracks on sidings, windows, vents and walls
  • Distorted paint on surfaces
  • Dull hallow sounds from the furniture when tapped
  • Mounds of light to golden brown feces
  • Sawdust surrounding the furniture

How To Deal With Infested Furniture

The first step into treating termite infested furniture is to assess the damage and decide on what treatment may be suitable for the furniture. However, if the damage is too severe, you may as well throw out the furniture instead. Once you have evaluated the damages, you can first opt to use non chemical treatments such as heating and freezing options to kill termites, before considering chemical based products that may damage the look of your home funriture. However, the heat treatment can damage furniture so you must be careful when deciding which treatment to use.

After applying your choice of termite treatment on your furniture, you must ensure that it is protected from further infestation. Timbor is a preservative that can effectively protect your furniture from termites or you can replace your furniture with other types of wood such as redwood which is considered a termite resistant wood.

Aside from inspecting all your furniture that have wood structures, you must also inspect your home. Make sure that it is resistant to termites and if the wood structures are not treated wood, have them replaced or treat them instead. If you find that there are termites already infesting the walls of your home, check if the infestation is limited in scope because localized treatments will have to be applied.

When you discover that you have a termite infestation, treatments must be applied immediately to prevent further damages and serious infestation. Considering the fact that termites are a serious threat to your home which is your largest investment, it is always better to seek customized treatment for termites from a professional. They can also carefully inspect your home for further signs of infestation that you may have missed. Investing in pest control treatment for termites is worth every penny because when you prolong the presence of termites, these pests can decrease the value of your home and only increase your expenses for repairs.


About the Author

Valerie Williams is a freelance writer specializing in termite control for furniture and houses, and the services provided by Preventive Pest Control. She also provides information about natural pest control methods that can be applied at home and on furniture and how to identify signs of pest infestations.

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