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How to Get Rid of Termites in Furniture

There’s nothing better than coming home from work and relaxing on your favorite couch or recliner…until you notice that you beautiful wood furniture your TV sits on is beginning to look a little more worn than it should. In fact, it looks as though it’s being eaten from the inside out. Upon closer inspection, you discover that’s exactly what’s been happening. While you’ve been working, termites have been enjoying a free 24-hour brunch on your beloved sideboard or bed.

Fortunately, there are several ways to get rid of furniture termites. The first is to call in a squad of highly-trained professionals. After encasing your house in a tent (and thus alerting the entire neighborhood to the problem), they will fumigate the entire house and most likely effectively rid the furniture of the scourge. This method has the advantages of being both extremely effective and relatively simple. All you have to do is make the call.

For those of you who prefer to do things yourself, and to not be temporarily evicted by pests, another option is to inject a fumigating agent directly into the furniture where the termites have made their gallery, or home. There are ways of doing this without turning your furniture into Swiss cheese. Some people use a syringe. Larger pieces of furniture can be encased in its very own tent.

If, on the other hand, you’re seeking a more holistic approach to eradicating your unwanted guests, you can use temperature. Placing furniture in a heated area (about 150 degree Fahrenheit) for an hour to an hour and a half will kill them. Alternately, termites also die in cold. If you live in a climate with extreme temperatures, placing the furniture outside for four days in approximately 15 degrees. There are even specialty kilns or cooling agents available for just this purpose!

The method you use to get rid of termites in furniture will largely be determined by just how bad the infestation is. Before attempting to get rid of the free lunchers on your own, be sure you have all the information you need to do with little risk to yourself or loved ones.

4 Comments

  1. “Tenting” or “fumigation” are not usued much any more in the pest control industry. With the use of Integrated Pest Management techniques, spot treatment is a more common method of treatment. Encasing an entire home is the very last resort, if the house is at risk of being completely destroyed by the termites. There are reports of termites causing so much damage they house hot to be destroyed. Termites are a SERIOUS issue here in the United States.

  2. Thanks for the informative comment! It’s always nice to hear from industry professionals and their opinions on our articles.

  3. I suppose I’m being biased but calling in the professionals is not at all expensive. The times we have being to jobs where the customer has given it a go and has wasted money on products from their local diy store. The best advice is if you think you can do it yourself get a few quotes first from a local pest control firm, then price up how much it is do go the diy route, you may be surprised by the results. Happy hunting
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  4. I LIVE IN A VERY OLD TOWN HOUSE THATS FULL OF TERMITES AND DUNG BEETLES.ITS VERY FRUSTRATING BECAUSE OF MY WOODEN FURNITURE IS GETTING DAMAGED.I THINK THEY ARE ACTUALLY LIVING IN THE WALLS.ANY ADVICE OR HELP WOULD BE APPRECIATED THANKS

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