The presence of termites in wooden furniture spoils their appearance. I will show you how to treat your furniture to preserve its beauty, and try to fight these annoying insects with the help of natural remedies.
Anyone who has decorated their home with wood furniture will definitely appreciate the beauty and the warm and welcoming atmosphere that it releases, but will probably have had to deal with the presence of the enemy: Termites!
Whether you have already had the misfortune of stumbling upon them or you want to prevent any damage they could cause, try these tips to combat and avoid this annoying problem.
Identify a woodworm infestation
Periodic maintenance and cleaning may not be enough to discourage unwanted little guests from stealing your wooden furniture, so the sooner you notice, the more damage you can avoid. Unfortunately, when they are inside and start gnawing on the fibers you will hardly see the damage until after a few years. However, there are some signs that you shouldn’t underestimate that can help you identify a possible worm infestation :
- Small holes in the wood of 1/2 mm
- Fine, dusty dust on the floor or around holes (called frass)
- Brittle edges on boards and joists
- Small creaks in the wood
- Galleries inside the cabinet
- Weak or damaged structure
The holes are the most obvious sign but don’t occur until the worm adults are ready to leave the facility, so it’s a good idea to look for signs on every corner, on the back or underside.
How to prevent wood worms
Woodworms have the ability to fly and therefore after their life cycle on a certain piece of furniture they could mate and lay eggs by attacking another. While it’s hard to keep it at bay, you can definitely make your home less appealing to these insects:
- Pay attention to humidity, since humid environments are the ideal place for such and consequently it is essential to keep all wood always dry.
- Ventilate the house always to control the humidity
- Buy high-quality wooden furniture ( solid wood is not a home to woodworms)
- Seal the wood with special paint
- Check for holes and marks when buying used or antique furniture
- Remove infected pieces from the house to avoid letting other furniture become infested with termites.
- Use commercial termites products that protect the furniture if it has not already been infested
Natural Remedies to Eliminate Termites
Unfortunately, if your beloved furniture has already become the home of these unwelcome guests, try to act with natural methods to avoid excessive spending and damage to health and the environment.
One of the oldest ways to get rid of termites is to close fresh lavender flowers inside canvas bags and place them inside wooden cabinets, drawers, and so on. In the same way, the essential oil of lavender passed with a cloth on the furniture or placed in the form of soap inside them is an excellent repellent.
The remedy to mothballs proves to be very effective whereby with the help of cellophane sheets the furniture sprinkled with this substance is wrapped and everything is sealed.
Packaged in this way, the furniture must be left for about 20 days in order to allow it to act properly, and subsequently, they are opened: the termites die of asphyxiation through this method.
The treatment with beeswax consists of melting it abundantly by placing it between the holes and cracks trying to fill them completely. It is necessary to make sure that it penetrates as deeply as possible with the help of the fingertips to model on the holes, then let it dry and remove any wax smudges with a cotton cloth.
Even the ‘ eucalyptus essential oil is a good natural repellent, easily purchased in herbal medicine stores. In the past, it was operated by directly injecting the substance into the holes produced by these insects, but it is also possible to use it by wiping it with a cloth on the surface trying to accurately reach even the most hidden points.
An intense fragrance not tolerated by termites is that of cloves readily available in herbal medicine stores. A nice amount of these in the corners of the furniture or in the drawers will keep them away; you can also put them in bags and hang them inside the closet.
An unusual but effective mix consists of cinnamon and bay leaves: combining cinnamon sticks to leaves of laurel in handkerchiefs or cotton bags stored in your mobile and get the ‘ desired effect and a pleasant fragrance.
Against these parasites, citrus fruits are a possible solution, especially if we consider the essential oil of orange which is a real poison: pour a few drops on a cotton cloth and rub the entire surface. Another opportunity is to place dried citrus peels (lemons and oranges) in small bags inside cabinets and drawers and leave them for a few months.
The known properties of garlic in cooking as an antibacterial and antibiotic make it a useful repellent for beetles. You can proceed either by rubbing it on the points where the holes are visible or by wrapping the piece of furniture in a plastic sheet in which you have placed more cloves of garlic and leave it sealed for a few days.
Try making a really unusual cocktail with cedar essential oil to fight your little enemies:
- 10 ml of cedar oil
- 10 ml of vodka
- 5 ml of water
Stir it and with a cotton pad soaked in this mixture. polish the cabinet. To guarantee greater effectiveness, let the smell release inside the drawers, leaving the disk for a few days.
Among the various natural remedies, I would not miss the effective effect of white vinegar, indicated for eliminating many types of insects. In this case, prepare a spray container with white vinegar and lemon juice and then sprinkle the wood with this mixture making sure to remove the excess product.
With these few home remedies, you can kiss termites goodbye forever
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