Wooden furniture is known for lending charm and elegance to our home. Unfortunately, however, they also present a problem: woodworms. These insects, in fact, are considered xylophagous, that is, they feed precisely on wood and tend, therefore, to lay their eggs inside the furniture or drawers, often even causing holes. But fortunately we have good news: you no longer have to worry about woodworms in your wooden furniture, as there are natural and home remedies that can keep them away! Let’s see them together!
White vinegar and lemon
The first remedy we recommend is to use two ingredients that you are sure to have in your pantry: white vinegar and lemon juice, both of which are useful in keeping woodworms away from your wooden furniture. All you will have to do, then, is add a scoop of white vinegar and half a cup of lemon juice to 1 quart of water and dip a sponge into the resulting mixture. Pass it, then, several times over your wooden furniture, with its nonabrasive side, and you’re done: the disinfectant action of the lemon and the repellent action of the vinegar will make the woodworms back off!
Another very effective remedy is lavender, a plant known for its pleasant and intoxicating odor, poorly tolerated, however, by woodworms. So, add some fresh lavender flowers to some cotton or cloth bags and place them back inside your wooden furniture so that the lavender smell spreads. Alternatively, you can also dilute about 10 drops of lavender essential oil in a glass containing water, decant the resulting mixture into a spray bottle and spray it, then, inside the furniture: goodbye woodworm!
If you think of garlic as an ingredient that can only flavor your dishes, you are very wrong, as it is a very effective natural remedy against woodworm. As if that were not enough, then, it turns out to be a godsend for keeping insects away on the balcony as well! All you need to do, then, is rub a few cloves of garlic on the furniture and leave some inside the furniture, placing it in a cotton bag.
Cinnamon and bay leaves
Cinnamon and bay leaves are known precisely for their smell. Not surprisingly, in fact, they are often used to perfume our homes. Woodworms, however, hate their scent, so they make a natural repellent to try! All you need to do is take some cinnamon powder and dried bay leaves and place them in small cotton bags. After that, place them inside your woodworm-attacked furniture and voila: woodworms will be just a bad memory!
In addition to lemon in combination with vinegar, you can also use citrus peels, which give off an intoxicating scent that is a treat for our senses! To use them against woodworm, all you need to do is let lemon peels, or even orange peels, dry in the sun and cut them into small pieces. After that, put them in cotton bags sealed with a ribbon and place them inside your furniture: your furniture will be super fragrant and woodworms will be gone! These peels can also be used to remove bad smell from shoes!
Finally, let’s look at a slightly “stronger” remedy to try especially if the other remedies don’t seem to be working. What are we talking about? Of denatured alcohol, which, while not a properly natural remedy, is nonetheless environmentally friendly. So, soak some cotton balls with alcohol and pass them along the entire surface of the infested furniture, so as to clean and disinfect it. After that, using a plastic syringe or a thin-beaked dropper, fill the holes with alcohol so that the alcohol can penetrate the inner tunnels dug by the woodworms and directly eliminate the larvae and eggs.
N.B Denatured alcohol is a fairly aggressive substance for wood. If you decide to use it, keep in mind that it may discolor the color, especially if the wood has been treated with varnishes.