Just as your outdoor furniture is inviting to you and your loved ones, it is just as attractive to pests that would like to make it their home. And having those comfy items exposed to the elements can take a toll and reduce their useful life. Here are some tips for protecting your outdoor furniture so that you’ll get the most enjoyment out of your deck or patio this season and for years to come.
Choose Pressure-Treated Wood
If you build your own outdoor furniture or are in the market for something new, try to focus on items made from pressure-treated wood. Wood that has been pressure treated is more resistant to termites and will be more durable in all sorts of weather conditions.
Keep Furniture Clean
One of the most important things you can do is to keep your outdoor furniture clean. If you have wicker furniture, this is particularly susceptible to spider infestations because the woven wood gives these critters plenty of places to connect. You’ll need to clean wicker gently and often with soap, water, and a toothbrush.
Other types of furniture can be cleaned with a cloth and even a pressure washer provided you won’t damage the materials. Be sure to turn your furniture upside down to look for possible nests.
You can also protect your outdoor fabric from deterioration and damage. Wash cloth seat pads weekly with a mixture of warm water and bleach to kill anything that has gotten into the stuffing. Your fabric will last much longer if you spray it with a protector.
Move or Cover It
While you can’t always predict the weather, it’s a good idea to cover or move your furniture to someplace safe if you know that extreme conditions are on the way. Whether it’s a tropical storm or a heatwave, protecting your furniture from heavy wind, rain, and UV rays will prolong its life.
Provide Some Shade
The sun’s UV rays can be one of your outdoor furniture’s biggest enemies. Protect your items and your family by providing some shade in the form of canopies and umbrellas.
Consider Insect Control Measures
Insect control in your yard and around your home will help keep your outdoor furniture free of annoying insects and critters. Consider using pellets, powders, or barrier sprays around the edge of your outdoor living space that will deter or kill pests.
Do You Want a More Comfortable Outdoor Space?
Pesky bugs and critters are no fun when you’re trying to enjoy the great outdoors. And some can even pose a health hazard. While there a few things you can do on your own to lessen their impact, it never hurts to have your lawn professionally treated.
At MidSouth Termite & Pest Control, Inc., we are proud to deliver our proven pest prevention and treatment solutions to homeowners throughout the Columbia, SC area. Contact us today to learn more or to request a quote.