Furniture can be a great investment, but it can also be a pain to keep safe. If you aren’t careful, pests—from ants to silverfish—can enter your home and make furniture their own. To avoid this, here are some tips to keep your precious items free from infestation:
Keep food away from your furniture
Pests are attracted by the scent of food and will chew through anything to get at it—even wood! This means that if you have an open bag of chips or cookies sitting on top of your coffee table, it might not be there much longer once an ant finds its way inside. For example: If you have ever had ants in your house before, then you know how annoying they can be! Instead of spending money on traps or sprays (which sometimes don’t even work), try this simple trick instead: put lemon juice near where the ants appear most often (usually in kitchens or bathrooms). The lemon juice repels them naturally without harming them in any way.
Signs that you have a pest problem
- Seeing bugs or eggs. You might see live insects, their eggs, or larvae (crawly worms).
- Finding dead bugs and eggs. Sometimes pests die without your help—they may be diseased or old when they die. However, if you find dead bugs in your home, it could mean that there are more coming into the house through cracks in windows and walls, so it’s important to take action immediately.
- Finding droppings. Pests leave behind droppings wherever they go; these are telltale signs of an infestation within the walls of your home or office building, especially if you see them near areas where food is served, such as kitchen counters and dining tables.
Use cedar wood to protect your furniture
Using cedar wood to protect your furniture is a great way to keep pests away. Cedar naturally repels insects and bugs, so it works as a natural repellent.
How to use it?
Cedarwood can be used in many ways, including:
Sprinkling the wood chips or shavings directly onto carpeting or upholstery in between vacuuming sessions. You can also place them into sachets or place them in dresser drawers and closets. This method works well when you want to add protection but don’t want the scent of cedar filling up your home. The smell may be too strong for some people if left for long periods of time without an air purifier running nearby!
Inspect all incoming furniture before bringing it into your home
Look for any holes or gaps in the furniture, as well as stains on the fabric. If you notice any foul odors or other signs of pests, don’t bring the piece inside. (It might be a sign to call for termite inspection). In some cases, these problems can be repaired sufficiently with proper treatment and care—but if you want to avoid potential damage to your new piece of furniture and keep pests from living in your home, it may be best not to take that risk in the first place.
Use metal-framed furniture, if possible
Metal furniture is ideal for repelling pests. Metal is less porous than wood, which means it’s easier to clean and will provide fewer places for pests to hide. It’s also more durable and can withstand the elements better than wood. However, metal furniture does have its drawbacks: it may be more expensive than wooden pieces, and it requires regular maintenance (such as polishing) in order to keep its shine intact.
Call the professionals for help!
A good exterminator and proven pest control services will know how to identify the kind of pests you’re dealing with and how to treat them most effectively. The first step is usually identifying what kind of pests are involved and where they are coming from (for example, if they are coming into your home through cracks in walls or windows). Then they will treat those areas with chemicals or traps so that the pests will not come back again after being removed from one area.
Make your own home repellant spray
Another common method of repelling pests is to use a homemade home repellant spray. Mix together vinegar, water, and lemon juice in a spray bottle. Spray the furniture regularly to combat an infestation once it has begun.
For added protection, you can also try mixing up this same solution with some essential oils such as peppermint or lavender for a pleasant smell (though be careful not to use too much, or it will leave your furniture smelling like a salad). You may even find that certain scents work better than others, depending on what kind of pests are attracted to your home in the first place!
This homemade solution is best used as a preventative measure because it tends not to work as well when used after an infestation has already begun—this is due mainly because most pests are quite persistent about getting into places where they’ve had success before!
Use heat to kill pests
If you’re dealing with bugs, there’s a good chance your furniture is too. To get rid of them for good, try using heat to kill any pests that are hiding in your home. A heat gun will help evaporate moisture from the wood and kill any eggs that may be present. This can be used on both hardwood and soft-seated furniture.
If you don’t have a heat gun handy, there’s another option: blow drying! The heat generated by blowing air over the surface of the wood will dry out any moisture left behind after cleaning it with soap and water. Use caution when doing this because too much direct contact can damage or discolor your piece of furniture if not done properly. Using an old towel or rag between yourself and the item can help prevent accidental damage while still getting rid of harmful pests that might be causing problems inside your home today!
Keep your house clean
Pests also love dirty houses because they provide them with places to hide from predators and prey. Try vacuuming once per week. You may also want to consider getting a cat or dog for extra protection against these tiny creatures!