How to get rid of termites naturally and protect your wooden furniture

[] Wood is generally expensive and you might want to look for ways to get rid of your arch-nemesis, the termites. We’ve put together a list of tips to help you fight against wood termites.

If your house uses a lot of wood, be mindful and regularly check up on the furniture. Wood is generally expensive, and if you’re an admirer of wooden furniture, you might want to look for ways to get rid of your arch-nemesis, the termites. If there’s a termite infestation in your house, you might ask, how to get rid of termites? To address this query, we’ve put together a list of tips to help you fight against wood termites. 

There are two main types of wood termites that may come looking for a feast in your house. There is the subterranean termite and the drywood termite.

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How to know if wood termite is invading your house?

As stated, the two types of wood termites are subterranean and drywood termites. Subterranean termites thrive in dark, moist conditions. They are well-adapted to live in both wood and soil. Drywood termites, as their name suggests, do not need moist conditions to survive.

In this article, we’ll focus on drywood wood termites as they pose a much bigger risk to your wooden furniture than the subterranean kind.

Signs of a wood termite infestation in your house

Look out for signs of mud shelter tubes. 

Look for signs of termite swarmers. This is a sure way of telling if your house has a termite problem.

Check if there are holes in the woodwork.

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5 effective methods to get rid of wood termites from your house once and for all

Boric acid

Boric acid is a non-toxic pesticide that should be on the top of your list of ways to get rid of wood termites. The acid doesn’t kill termites on its own but stops the termites from getting nutrients from whatever they eat. Although it can be used both inside and outside the house, boric acid is a better fit for outside purposes.

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This is one of the more innovative methods when it comes to getting rid of termites. Place a cardboard box in the areas where the termite infestation is the worst. Wood termites smell the cardboard and start biting into it. Moistening the cardboard helps as it enhances the smell of the box. Once the termites start gathering in the cardboard box, you can dispose of it whatever way you please.

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Neem oil

In this list of how to get rid of termites, neem oil is probably the one method that has stood the test of time. Neem oil works by releasing a hormone that makes wood termites forget how to eat food and reproduce. After the oil does it’s job, it also gives off a smell that termites don’t prefer, helping seal off the place.

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Wood termites love moist and dark conditions. These are the conditions that they thrive in. Take this away, and watch the termites die. When you expose your wooden furniture to the sunlight for a day or two, termites are not able to bear the heat, and they die off. An added benefit of this method is the sunlight wicking the moisture from the furniture, termite-proofing it for the near future.

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Nematodes are parasites that burrow into and kill termite larvae. The parasites are so tiny that they’re not visible to the naked eye. An added benefit of nematodes is that once they are done with killing wood termites, they die. They’re not dangerous to humans or pets.

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Debora Berti

Università degli Studi di Firenze, IT

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