In this article, I’ll be giving you tips on how to get rid of furniture beetles.
Furniture Beetles, also known as wood-boring beetles are a “pain in the neck” for many homeowners. They bore holes into your wooden structures and can cause damage worth thousands of Dollars.
If you’ve noticed these wood-boring beetles in furniture or their activities around your home, then I’m sure you’re more than eager to get rid of them.
About Furniture/ Wood-Boring Beetles
Adult furniture Beetles lay their eggs inside cracks within wood or timber. When the eggs are hatched, the young ones immediately start to feast on the wood until it reaches its mature stage.
These bugs belong to the large family of Powderpost Beetles, and it is the young who do the damage to the wood, not the adults.
They are attracted to all kinds of wooden structures, especially if they are damp, and they chew through both hardwood and softwood.
Since they lay their eggs inside wooden cracks, it means they may have entered your home as you were bringing some new furniture inside.
You can tell they are around when you spot tiny holes on the body of your wooden structures. Grains of sawdust piled up around wooden structures is also a sign they are around.
How To Get Rid Of Common Furniture Beetles
To get rid of these destructive pests, follow the tips I will list out below.
Do Not Ignore The Signs
As I Just mentioned, young furniture beetles are experts at chewing away at wooden structures, and these tiny peats do not clean up their mess. This means that you will notice piles of wood dust are infested wood.
If you ever come across this, then you can be sure you have a furniture beetle infestation on your hands. Keep in mind, these bugs don’t attack chairs and tables alone, they can also do damage to door and window posts.
Do not ignore these signs if you notice them. Rather, go around your home and look for other areas where they might be active.
Take Out Infested Furniture
Take out any chairs, tables, or cabinets that have already been infested by the furniture bugs.
By doing so, you have already reduced the number of the ones in your home, and you can concentrate your disinfestation on the immovable structures like the door and window post.
You can attend to the furniture you took outside after you are done with the bugs in the house.
Use Chemical-Based Pesticides
Furniture Beetles are tough little guys, so a chemical-based pesticide isn’t a bad idea. You can go to a pest control store to buy one that is strong enough to kill the bugs and their eggs.
When you get the pesticide, put on a facemask and gloves before you start applying. These should protect you from inhaling or touching the pesticide.
Also, remember to keep chemical-based pesticides away from the reach of children and pets. If they come in contact with it, they may ingest by mistake.
Now go to as many infested areas as you can find. These should be the spots where you find wood dust or hollow wood. Apply the chemical-based pesticide into the holes and around the floors.
You should also go anywhere there might be damp wood, such as your kitchen area, and apply the pesticide.
Most chemical-based pesticides will kill the furniture bugs minutes after they make contact with it.
Remember to keep your doors closed and restrict access to the rooms where the pesticide has been applied.
A strong pesticide will not only kill the furniture beetles, but it will also kill their eggs as well.
Use Diatomaceous Earth
For a more non-toxic approach, Using Diatomaceous Earth can help you handle the furniture bug infestation in your home.
Sprinkle the powder over affected areas around the house and it will kill the beetles when they make contact with it.
Due to the nature of the furniture beetle’s eggs, the powder may not kill them immediately. But you can reapply the D.E the following day, and the day after that to make sure all the adult beetles and their eggs are dead.
Dehumidify Your Home
Furniture Beetles do not only love wood, but they also prefer moist wood and they love humid conditions.
A simple means by which you can get them to leave is by dehumidifying your home. The less humidity there is around your home, the fewer furniture beetles you will find.
This is not the most effective means of getting rid of furniture beetles, since it takes too much time, but it works well as a complementary measure.
You can open up the windows and turn on your fans to increase airflow and reduce moisture.
Use A Garlic-Based Pesticide
A garlic-based pesticide is one of the surest natural means by which you can kill wood-boring beetles.
Garlic has many health benefits to humans, but it is offensive and hazardous to most insect pests. Garlic is also non-toxic, so a garlic-based pesticide is a great recommendation, especially in a home with kids and pets.
Great news, you can make a garlic-based pesticide right within the comfort of your home.
All you’ll need is some garlic, water, and a spray bottle. If you want to spice things up then you could get some chili and throw it into the mix. Garlic powder can also work, but raw garlic has proven to be more effective.
Here’s what you should do.
Place the adequate amount of garlic cloves in a container and crush it into a paste. You could also put the garlic in a blender and grind.
Add a quart of water into the container and stir until it is well blended. If you like you can get a few chilies, grind, and add into the container.
Mix them all and let it sit overnight.
The next day, grab a spray bottle, and fill it up with the garlic solution, shake it thoroughly and you are ready to spray.
Visit every area of your home where the furniture beetles are most active, including structures that have damp wood. Spray the garlic/chili solution into all the holes they have bored, as well as into the cracks and crevices.
The scent of the garlic is so strong, that it will irritate and kill the furniture bugs. The effects of the chili will also spice things up with a burning sensation and make life unbearable for the furniture beetles.
Garlic-based Insecticide spray kills both adult male and female furniture pests, but it may not harm their eggs if the concentration is not high enough.
Call A Pest Control Service
If you have ignored the furniture beetle infestation for some time and it has gotten really bad, then the next best move is to get in touch with a professional pest control service.
Upon arriving at your home, they will take a detailed look around the wooden structures you have, assess the damage the beetles have done, and decide on how best to treat the infestation.
If the infestation is very bad, then you and your family may be asked to leave your home for a few days while they begin disinfesting.
This service will cost you a good amount of money since you’re dealing with professionals who use pro-grade pesticides and disinfestation techniques.
If you don’t know where to find a professional extermination service, you can simply go online and find the ones closest to you. Compare quotes so you can get the best deal.
Also, some extermination services are not as good as they claim to be so be sure you make a full payment only after you are sure all the furniture beetles have been removed from your home.
How To Prevent Furniture Beetles From Returning
After taking care of your furniture beetle infestation, the next logical step to take is to make sure they never return.
There are some preventive measures you can take to make sure these annoying bugs do not pay you another visit.
These include –
Keep Your Wood Dry At All Times
Since you understand that furniture beetles love damp wood, then keeping your wood dry should be a no-brainer.
If there is any leaking pipe in your kitchen that could potentially dampen the cabinet, then get it fixed as soon as you can.
You can also leave your windows open more often to maintain good airflow. This will help dehumidify your wooden structures and furniture beetles will be less attracted to them.
Treat Your Wood
Many wood treatments contain pest repellants that you can use on your furniture.
Furniture Beetles will not come close to any wooden structure that has been treated with such repellants.
You can treat your old, untreated furniture, and you can also make sure any new piece of furniture you’re purchasing has also been treated.
I trust this article on how to get rid of furniture beetles has been helpful.