The thought of pests in our home makes even the staunchest property owner shudder. Getting rid of nuisance pests is high on the list of priorities, and the sooner, the better. Homeowners understand the importance of pest control to protect their property, but they often forget that protecting their furniture from potential damage caused by insects is just as important. Unfortunately, pests like snacking on furniture, potentially causing thousands of dollars in damages, resulting in costly repairs or replacement. When it comes to bug infestations, prevention is better than a cure. Furniture is made from materials that pests enjoy eating, including cotton, wool, bamboo, wood, and other natural materials. The items in your home also provide shelter and safety for pests to hide. To prevent pests from taking up residence in your furniture, you will need to understand which pets are the most likely culprits and A Five Star Termite & Pest Control list them below.
Can Termites Get in Your Furniture?
Termites are number one on the list for furniture damage. It makes perfect sense when you think about it since most furniture items are made from wood. Damage can range from mild to severe. If you have termites in your furniture, it’s almost a certainty that the rest of your home has been affected as well.
Wood-Boring Beetles in Furniture?
Like termites, the wood-boring beetle larvae burrow through wood eating until they are mature enough to move on. Unfortunately, the wood-boring beetle larva can damage your furniture, which can become weakened to the point that it can no longer be used.
Ants in My Wooden Furniture
Ants can be problematic in several ways, firstly they can build entire colonies in furniture items, and some ants species will also chew wood, causing irreparable damage.
Bed Bugs Hide in Wood Furniture
Bed bugs don’t cause damage to your wood furniture but they do use your furniture as a place to hide until they are ready to come out at night for a blood feast. Unfortunately, the main course on the menu is you and your family members. Bed bugs can go months without eating, so you may not even realize they are around until a visitor complains after sleeping in your guest room.
How Do You Protect Wooden Furniture from Insects?
Although pests can pose a severe threat to your furniture, the good news is that there are several things that you can do to prevent insects from infesting your furniture in the first place:
• Protect surfaces: Pests are attracted to wood, but you can easily protect your wooden furniture with wood polish applied with a soft dry cloth. Keep the furniture dry; moisture attracts termites. If you notice any damage to your furniture or small piles of wood dust on the floor or other surfaces, contact your A Five Star Pest control and arrange for professional pest control services.
• Keep your property clean: a clean home environment will deter insects from making a home in your furniture. Vacuum soft furnishings regularly and dispose of the vacuum bag’s contents carefully so you don’t spread bugs from one place to another. Sweep floors, examine your baseboards for cracks or gaps, and repair them immediately.
• Avoid bringing used furniture items into the home without carefully inspecting them for signs of pests. Bed bugs often end up in a house after taking a free ride on used furniture.
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Following these tips can help you keep pests out of the home but for best results, contact the experts at A Five Star Termite & Pest Control. To learn more about professional pest control services, including insect identification, control, removal, and prevention, contact the knowledgeable professionals at A Five Star Termite & Pest Control today.