Are There Termites In Your Furniture?

Termites prefer damp environments and typically live in colonies near wooden structures. Learn more about termites and how to protect your home.

Drywood termites, found in warmer regions, live inside dry wood. They infest wooden items such as furniture, picture frames and your home’s woodwork. These tiny pests can be difficult to spot, so you have to know where to check for signs of these termites in your home.

Drywood termites are commonly found in these areas inside your house:

  • Furniture (particularly antiques)
  • Inside built-in cabinets
  • Door and window frames
  • Door and window frames
  • Baseboards, around the perimeter (especially if you have hardwood floors)
  • Exposed beams and wood paneling

Look for these signs of termites in furniture and other areas inside your house:

Swarmers: Winged termites swarm from small openings, known as kick holes, in the surface of the wood. Swarmers are drawn to light, so look for them near light fixtures or windows. Drywood termites have small swarms (only 10 to 100 swarmers). If you aren't home during the swarm you may not even notice the termites.

Discarded wings:The swarmers shed their wings after they land. Look for piles of wings littering the floor, windowsills or in spider webs.

Frass (aka termite droppings): When termites eat wood, they leave behind droppings that are the same color as the wood they were eating. The hard pellets are 1/32-inch long and are hexagonal. Termites push the droppings through kick holes they've chewed into the wood. Look for holes or piles of pellets:

  • Under the furniture
  • Inside drawers
  • On internal horizontal surfaces or furniture

Hollow wood: Infested furniture will sound hollow when you tap on it even if the surface shows no apparent sign of damage.

How to help get rid of termites in furniture

Wood treatment with an insecticide: Wood treatments work immediately and protect against future infestation. The insecticide can be applied to the surface of your furniture or injected into the furniture. If you’re doing it yourself, check the label to be sure the insecticide is safe for use on furniture.

Fumigation: Fumigation uses an Environmental Protection Agency-registered gas to kill the termites. Termite specialists place your infested furniture in a sealed container. Then they pump in the gas that reaches the cracks and crevices where termites hide. Fumigation can only be done by a trained and licensed pest control professional.

Contact Terminix today to detect and get rid of termites in your furniture and throughout your home.



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