Termites are actually considered beneficial insects because they help in the process of eliminating rotten stumps and fallen trees. However, in your home, termites are bad news. They can easily ruin and destroy wooden furniture effortlessly so this problem must be addressed right away. Want to get rid of these nasty white ants but don’t know how to remove them from your furniture? Now it is time to get rid of them once for all using simple solutions.
First, look for signs of an infestation in your wooden furniture pieces. Holes in woodwork and hollow parts of your foundation are all serious warning signs. Be sure to keep an eye out for termite wastes which are wood colored or darker brown pellets of excrement. The presence of these droppings near weakened wood definitely indicates an infestation. You may actually see the termites themselves too.
Expose the infested piece of wooden furniture to sunlight. Does this work, you ask? Yes because termites prefer to thrive in the darkness so the heat and light from the sun will kill them. On a sunny day, place your furniture outside for as long as possible, preferably 2-3 days.
Another option is to freeze the termites. This is usually recommended for rainy days or seasons where you are unable to expose your furniture to adequate sunlight. Place your pieces (or parts of your pieces) of wooden furniture into a large freezer for 2-3 days. This freezer method guarantees the death of the termites.
Finally, your last resort is to use insecticides. This method is recommended for heavy pieces of furniture that you cannot transfer easily outside or inside a freezer. First, take the piece of furniture in to an empty space, like a garage or a basement then shut every door and window. Next, put newspapers all over the floor.
Depending on the type of insecticide you have, you should either spray all over the furniture or spray on areas of obvious infestation, like in holes. Be careful in using insecticides though as these can be very toxic and can harm the eyes and the lungs. So, be sure to leave the room first especially if you just sprayed an insecticide.
After a few hours, the first thing that you have to do when you come back is to open the windows and let the room ventilate properly. After that, you can go and take the piece of furniture back inside your home and dispose properly of the newspapers (hopefully with the dead termites on it).
Now that you are done eliminating termites from you furniture, your next step is to prevent them from spreading to other parts of your house or prevent them from entering in the first place. Stay tuned if you are interested to know how!