How to Get Rid of Termites in Furniture?

Living in Australia, thankfully we don’t have to deal with termites often. Out in the wild, termites serve an extremely important service to the ecosystem, consuming dead trees and speeding up the revegetation and decomposition process. In an urban and residential setting, however, termites prove to be more destructive than productive. Termites can sometimes find their way to wooden furniture, in which case, one may want to know the best way to get rid of termites, without the need for pest control services.

The first thing to understand is that there are two kinds of termites that can affect furniture. These species are known as subterranean and drywood. Subterranean termites are found in wood and soil, whereas drywood termites are only found in wood. Next, in order to identify termite infestations in furniture, you will need to look out for holes in the woodwork. IF you push against the hole with a pointed object, and it falls readily, it is possibly a termite infestation. You can also keep your eyes peeled for sawdust, which tends to indicate the same thing.

Before contacting professional pest control services, you can try a few things to get rid of termites in your furniture yourself. The first things you can do is expose the furniture to direct sunlight. Termites do their thing in dark and damp conditions. Leaving your furniture out for a few days will usually end any infestations and dry out your furniture, making it less susceptible to a termite attack in the future.

Another trick you can try is to make a cardboard trap. Placing cardboard around the affected areas will lure the termites out to it, as they are attracted to the woody smell of cardboard. Dampening it with water will make the smell more distinct and probably be more effective.

Finally, you can make a boric acid solution from borax powder and water. If you spray this on the affected areas, you may have great success in ending your termite problem. It is non-toxic, and helps to ensure that termites are removed from wooden furniture after a few applications. A boric acid solution works great in conjunction with a cardboard trap.

If none of the above is working effectively enough for you, contact us. We have the most effective professional equipment and techniques to handle the situation.

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