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Can Termites Affect My Patio Furniture?

Posted on May 16th, 2018 by Knockout Pest

termites CAN affect patio furniture if it's made out of wood

Can you name a better thing to do on a warm and sunny day than sitting on the patio, relaxing without a care in the world?

Simple experiences like this are truly magical — but they can be ruined just like that if you find out that there are termites infesting your patio.

If your patio or deck is made from wood, you have a chance of becoming infested by termites. But what about your patio furniture — can that be affected too?

Termites and Wooden Patio Furniture

As we all know, termites primarily eat wood (with the occasional dead plants, drywall, and plastic). So if you have a wooden patio or deck, the chances of an infestation are high (especially if it sits directly on top of your property’s soil).

For those with stone patios, you’re probably thinking to yourself, “I don’t have to worry about termites!”

Wrong!

If you happen to have wooden patio furniture, then you just put your name back in the hat for the possibility of becoming infested. In the New York area, Subterranean termites can easily infest your wooden outdoor furniture, as they can creep up from the soil and make their way inside of the wood.

And for those with wooden decks AND wooden patio furniture — you’re basically public enemy number one in the eyes of these Subterranean termites!

How to Minimize Your Chances of a Termite Infestation

  • Stay in the Sun – Patio furniture gets rained on. That’s just how it is. However, after years of abuse from Mother Nature, the wood will eventually begin to absorb the rainwater. And if there’s one thing termites love more than wood — it’s wood filled with moisture. So try to keep your patio furniture in the sun at all times.
  • Invest in Polish – As your wooden patio furniture ages, it can be more susceptible to wearing down and becoming easily accessible to moisture and termites. Invest in a new coat of polish for this furniture to give it a seal and an added layer of protection.
  • Call in the Pros – Removing pests from your home is hard — and one of the hardest infestations to remove is termites. They are relentless! When you discover termites inside of your patio furniture, deck, or anywhere inside or outside of your home — call your local pest control company.

At the end of the day, there’s always a chance for your home to become infested by termites. This is why you need to learn more about prevention plans

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