insects that damage wood furniture

3 Insects That Damage Your Wooden Furniture

insects that damage wood furnitureNo matter where you live, there is always the risk of an infestation. Be it the climate or unknown entryways for pests to get into your home’s foundation, a bug problem can pop up out of nowhere.

We put together a guide to three common insects that can damage wooden furniture– and how to prevent them yourself.

Check out our handy list below!

Three Insects That Damage Your Wooden Furniture

These bugs can easily destroy expensive wooden furniture.


The most well-known destroyer of wood would definitely the termite. Termites are common across the continent and cause millions of dollars of damage to property every year.

Termite damage is (unfortunately) usually not covered by insurance. Yet it can cause a massive amount of damage to furniture and building foundation that could need costly repairs.

How to prevent termite damage:

First and foremost, if you have discovered evidence of excessive termite infestations, contact a quality exterminator (such as

To prevent a termite problem from happening, you can start by creating a barrier outside your home between the dirt and wood foundation.

Seal any cracks, holes, or spaces around your doors and windows that could allow termites to get into your home easily.

Powderpost Beetles

These irritating little insects aren’t very well-known.

They can cause a major problem for homeowners that live in the southern United States. Powderpost beetles only go for hardwood, so you don’t have to worry about your foundation being compromised by these pests.

However, a majority of interiors and furnishings are made from hardwood, including:

  • Molding
  • Floors
  • Kitchen cabinets
  • Doors and doorframes
  • Hardwood or vintage furniture

You’ll know if you have a powderpost beetle infestation if you notice ultra fine sawdust in little piles around your furnishings. Tiny holes in the wood are another sign.

How to prevent powderpost beetles:

More often than not, new homes become infested by powderpost beetles due to infested wood being used in the construction. Because of this, there’s little that can be done to prevent an infestation and a pest control specialist will need to be called.

However, if you have an older home, you may be able to prevent an infestation.

Treat the areas that are made of hardwood with residual borate insecticides. If you’ve just purchased an older home, have a pest control company perform an inspection to make sure beetle eggs aren’t hatching in your wood.

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are often the culprit behind structural damage across the US, especially in the Northwest. Carpenter ants don’t eat wood, but their super-strong jaws can hollow out solid woods like fir or pine to make nests.

Carpenter ants in the South operate a bit differently– instead of targeting solid wood, they tend to nest inside doors or behind insulation.

Nevertheless, if you own furniture made from pine or fir lumber, you’re at risk for carpenter ants munching them up.

How to prevent carpenter ants:

Make sure any roofing leaks or plumbing problems are remedied in your home.

Try cutting back tree branches that could help carpenter ants come in contact with openings in your roof.

Like most pests, carpenter ant infestations can be prevented by sealing cracks and openings, particularly near piping.

Have you had experience with these furniture-munching bugs? Tell us your success story with pest control in the comments below.