Head-banging isn’t just associated with rock music; termites are quite adept at it too! A little-known fact is that termites bang their heads against walls and shake their bodies when their colony is disturbed, making clicking sounds. Which is what you might hear if you try to tackle an infestation problem you might face. Indeed, a termite infestation can be terrifying! There’s nothing more dangerous and ruinous than termites in wooden furniture. What makes it worse is that it is difficult to notice when the infestation creeps in.
Read this step-by-step approach to get rid of termites, also known as deemak, from wooden furniture.
Know Your Termite
There are two kinds of termites that can affect wooden furniture — subterranean and drywood. Subterranean termites can live in both soil and wood. These creatures prefer moist conditions where they can build their colonies.
Generally, subterranean termites thrive under homes, destroying wooden foundations. Drywood termites on the other hand, unlike their subterranean cousins, do not need moist conditions to thrive. They infest and live inside dry wood like walls, siding, eaves etc.
While both subterranean and drywood termites can be dangerous for your home, the latter can be much more harmful. This is due to the fact that they live inside the house, in dry furniture. Thus, we will be focusing on termite treatment for drywood termites.
Identifying Termite Infestation
- Look out for holes in the woodwork. Tap or push against it with a pointed object. If it falls readily, then it’s a sure sign of termites in wooden furniture.
- Keep an eye out for sawdust, wood-coloured termite droppings or wings around areas where chips or cracks appear on the furniture.
- Mud-tube formations on the walls of the house are a sign of subterranean termites.
Now, let’s look at how to remove termites from wood.
How to Get Rid of Termites in Wood
Seeking professional help is a wise thing to do. But if the infestation is not severe, you can get rid of termites in wooden furniture with these DIY tips:
#1: Exposure to Sunlight
Termites thrive in moist, dark conditions. Leave your wooden furniture in sunlight for two to three days continuously. Termites can’t stand the heat and die off easily. This method also helps get rid of the moisture in the furniture, thus preventing further infestation.
#2: Make a Cardboard Trap
Cardboard is made up of cellulose and has a woody smell that termites can’t resist. Moisten it with water to make the smell more distinct and place it near the affected area. Within a few hours, the termites are lured out to the open cardboard box. Discard or burn it to get rid of termites in wooden furniture.
#3: Spray Boric Acid
Make a solution of borax powder and water and spray it on the affected areas. It’s a non-toxic method and ensures termites in cupboards and other wooden furniture vanish after a few applications. You can also combine this method with the cardboard trap for better results.
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#4: Use Parasitic Nematodes
Parasitic nematodes are small worms that burrow into termite larvae and kill them within two days. You can purchase this from your local nursery or online stores.
#5: Oil Treatments
Orange and neem oils are very effective as well. The former contains a compound called d-limonene and can easily kill termites when they come in contact with it. On the other hand, neem oil takes effect once ingested by the termites. Pour these oils or spray them over affected areas repeatedly for best results.
#6: Distance between soil and wood
Termites can attack the foundation of your home by building their colonies below your house. The best way to avoid this is to build your home at a distance from your lawn or garden. Experts say that at least a distance of 18 inches should be there between your house and your garden.
Tips on How to Protect Furniture from Termites
All said and done, prevention is always better than cure. So here’s what you can do to prevent the onset of termite infestation:
- Ensure that your furniture is not exposed to moisture of any kind
- Apply aloe vera gel on wooden furniture every now and then as it acts as a protective covering
- Invest in a wood polish and hire a professional to apply it for all your wooden furniture
- Remove unwanted wooden items from your house as they are hotbeds for infestation
- Get occasional chemical treatments done by professionals if you live in coastal cities
By carefully following these tips on how to get rid of termites at home, you no longer need to worry about them burrowing in and eating through your wooden furniture.
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