How do I get rid of termites on a small antique piece
I've heard the borax water solution works. Here's an article that discusses it:
Here is some info I found for you:
I've heard of vinegar working. In this article it says to just spray the area but I would just clean the whole piece over with a half and half solution of vinegar and water. It may alter the look of the wood a bit but that can be sanded and repaired once the infestation is taken care of: https://www.servicesutra.com/blog/get-rid-of-termites-without-chemicals-diy-pest-control-tips
Well, there is this:
or these 2 suggestions that kill termites, although you did not mention what the antique is, only that it is small, you could give the termites a quick death by freezing the piece. Otherwise expose them to extreme heat, greater than 120 degrees (which would be the oven if small enough).
Here's a link with several natural ways to get rid of them:
Exterminators often use cardboard for bait traps because it contains an organic compound called cellulose that is attractive to termites. Create your own cardboard trap by spraying three or four pieces of cardboard with water. Stack the damp cardboard together and place the trap near the furniture, which will draw the termites to the cellulose and into the dampness of the cardboard. Leave the cardboard trap in place for two to three days. Remove the trap and burn it to dispose of the trapped termites. (See References 1)
Termites prefer dark areas, so one natural approach calls for setting the furniture outdoors in the direct sunlight on a hot, sunny day. Rotate the furniture throughout the day to ensure that heat and sunlight reach any termites trying to hide. If there is no sign of rain for several days, you may wish to use the cardboard trap in conjunction with the sunlight to maximize termite removal.
If the piece of furniture is quite small and you have a large enough freezer to accommodate it, consider getting rid of your termite infestation by putting the item in the freezer. Place the furniture into a sealable garbage bag and leave in the freezer for about two weeks. Once you remove the item from the freezer, allow it to stay in the bag for two more days to keep moisture from developing on the wood as it returns to room temperature. If the furniture is too large to go into the freezer, consider removing the infested pieces, such as drawers or chair legs, and giving them the cold treatment separately.
Termites thrive when water is present in dark areas. Move the furniture away from lingering moisture and relocate it to a dry location with sunlight. Treat the moisture problem in the room and allow the area to dry completely before returning the furniture to the location. You may find that you still need to use another method to eliminate the termites. Try the sunlight or freezing technique to treat the furniture before you return it to the room. (See References 2)
Parasitic nematodes are small worms that feed on microscopic creatures, bacteria and fungi. Certain types of nematodes are considered beneficial because they prey on other insects, such as termites. When used for insect control, they are typically added to water and sprayed on the termite nest where they then infect the termite workers or kill the queen. Purchase nematodes through specialty garden centers or online.
Hi Cindy, you can try one of these methods, hope they help you out
Hi Cindy: Check this site for some help