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Old 12-04-2011, 09:21 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, FL
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Last January we bought a nice antique chair supposedly from China.

A couple of months ago, I noticed a pile of what looked like sand under the chair. Since I had just been at the beach, I wrote it off to sand.

Yesterday, I noticed that same pile of sand under the chair again. This time I was concerned, as I had not been to the beach nor was anything on that chair that could have yielded sand. Extremely small. we took pics & then blew them up & saw something that initially scared us - it looked like bedbug eggs. We searched high & low for any sign of bedbugs, but found nothing. We kept researching, however, and found an exact match for what we found on our floor - termite droppings. We cleaned it up, but about a half hour later, there were a few more droppings under the chair. We put the chair out on our balcony for now, and plan to exterminate the bugs somehow.

We live in a highrise, so the balcony was really the only place to put it away from the inside the apartment for now.

The chair has been sitting on a newly installed engineered hardwood floor.

We have seen no other evidence of termites - not a single bug, no wings, etc.
No tracks on the chair either.

WOrried that there could be termites in the floor. Can a high quality engineered hardwood floor get termites?

WIll termites be able to get back into our apartment, across stone balcony floor?

What is best way to treat the chair?

Wondering if this is something I should mention to the Condo's maintenance guy. It was isolated into a specific area of our bedroom, and as I said, no evidence of swarming.

I guess if I had a choice of bedbugs or termites, I'd vote for termites.
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Old 12-04-2011, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Throw it out.
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Old 12-04-2011, 09:25 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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Throw it out.
agreed!
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Old 12-04-2011, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Seaford, Delaware
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Throw it away. Termites have to go back to ground for moisture. It may not be termites, but throw it away anyway.
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Old 12-04-2011, 10:55 PM
 
Location: South Dakota
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Perhaps burning it up might be better than just tossing it in the trash. If those are termites [or some other unpleasant oriental insect import] better to kill the little buggers off than let them find a nice foot hold in the landfill...and spread out to cause bigger trouble!
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Old 12-04-2011, 11:42 PM
 
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Oh fer Pete sake. They can be easily killed. You can spray starting fluid directly into the holes in the chair, or find someplace that you can use like a kiln to heat the chair up to over 160 for a few hours. Any exterminator should be able to help you out otherwise.
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Old 12-05-2011, 05:26 AM
 
Location: A little suburb of Houston
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Probably wood bores. Very common in antique furniture and stuff I've gotten from auction houses. They can be treated. Most effective way I've found is to find a friend who has a commercial walk in freezer (I use my own deep freeze for smaller stuff) and leave it there for a week or two. There are also chemical treatments. Ask an antique auction house, they know how to deal withese critters.
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Old 12-05-2011, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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If they are termites they are easy to kill. If they are wood worms, they are very difficult to get rid of. Probably wood worms. Wood worms commonly infest antique furniture imported from Europe.
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Old 12-05-2011, 03:32 PM
 
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Oh fer Pete sake. They can be easily killed. You can spray starting fluid directly into the holes in the chair,
Like automobile starting fluid? Hmmm... I did not know that. Interesting.

I buy the termite spray for small jobs. Works like a charm. Spray it into the holes and leave it outside for a day. (I don't like to breath the fumes.)
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Old 12-05-2011, 03:46 PM
 
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Like automobile starting fluid? Hmmm... I did not know that. Interesting.

I buy the termite spray for small jobs. Works like a charm. Spray it into the holes and leave it outside for a day. (I don't like to breath the fumes.)
My neighbor, who is a retired woodworker, tipped me on to that. The starting fluid doesn't leave a residue. Obviously, it is highly flammable and should be used outside.
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