Arizona pests of all shapes and sizes love patio furniture. In fact, they love any type of dark and hidden space where they can avoid the elements…and patio furniture usually provides the little nooks and crannies our Arizona pests find quite inviting.
But, if you have wood patio furniture…wood tables, chairs, swings, etc…are you sending out an invitation to termites?
Well, the jury is still out on that one. Some pest control experts and researchers believe that termites simply forage until they find wood, than alert their pals.
Other pest control experts and scientists believe that termites can smell a scent released by rotting wood.
Perhaps both theories are true.
However a termite technically finds wood is, in all honesty, inconsequential. What matters is how you protect your wood patio furniture from termites, and what to do if you see any.
Protecting Your Wood Patio Furniture
Wood patio furniture is unique and beautiful. Many time, wood patio furniture is custom built to suit the needs of your backyard and your decor theme.
Here in Arizona, it’s not uncommon to find wood patio furniture in many of the home backyards our pest control experts visit. From Gilbert to Queen Creek, Phoenix to Mesa, wood patio furniture is quite popular.
Since, many times, the wood patio furniture is custom built, the lst thing that you want is for termites to invade. Heck, no matter what type of patio furniture you have, you don’t want termites.
Any pest control expert will tel you that once a swarm of termites has found your property, even your wood patio furniture, the termites will migrate to your home in no time and cause extensive termite damage.
Here’s how you need to treat your wood patio furniture right now to ensure termites stay away:
- Use Pressure Treated Wood: Wood that has been pressure treated with CCA or borate will keep termites at bay.
- Consistently Treat Wood: Here in Arizona, any wood products that are outdoors need to be treated on a consistent basis. Our wood patio furniture takes a beating, from monsoon season to intense summer heat, to freezes in the winter, in order to keep your wood patio furniture looking new and lasting through the years…and avoiding termite infestations…our pest control experts suggest protecting your wood with weather treatments at least twice a year. This not only protects the wood from weather conditions, it also protects the patio furniture from termites. If the wood is not allowed to crack and rot, the termites are presumably less likely to find it.
- Timbor: A product called Timbor, and others like it, can be applied to the patio furniture. This product is specifically designed to keep termites out of your wood.
If you’re worried about termites in your patio furniture, call your Magic Pest Control termite expert today. We’d be happy to answer any questions you might have.