Protecting an Antique Wooden Chess Table from Termites?

I have a wooden antique chess table and recently found out there are termites in my house. I looked online and it says to use borax to keep the termites away. Now I'm concerned if I put that on the table and chairs it will destroy the wood. What should I do? Please help me.


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May 1, 20180 found this helpful

Usually termites eat the wood inside your walls. Unless you have a really severe infestation, I don't think they are going to eat the chess set. You need an exterminator for sure to save your house from damage.

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May 2, 20180 found this helpful

I believe you are asking about a chess table and not a chess set? The first question would be; have you made arrangements to eradicate your house of termites?


  • If your house is being fumigated then your exterminator could easily answer this question because they should be looking at every place a termite might "hide".
  • If this is not a serious problem and you plan to take care of the problem yourself then you should do your research on all of the likely spots that termites might be.
  • As for your chess table, I believe you should check it over carefully for any signs of termites and if no signs are there then you can set your table on whatever is in your house that termites will not eat.
  • I realize this is "card table size" but you seem to be very concerned about it so I think you could find something large enough to hold it.
  • Borax will kill termites but it is a little slow in working but I do not believe it would hurt your table. There is also food grade Diatomaceous Earth (DE) (sold in farm/tractor/yard supply stores) that does a good job but either one of these could get in the crevices of your table. Either one should brush out when termites are gone.
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  • I would suggest you get some cups/bowls (large enough for the table legs to fit inside), place some of the Borax Acid or DE in the cups/bowls and set the legs in the bowls until danger is gone.
  • This should kill any termite that might happen to stray that way.
  • I can easily understand why you would be concerned about a nice table like this.
  • Here is a link that provides a lot of information about these two products as well as a lot of other information dealing with termites.
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May 14, 20180 found this helpful

borax would work also try diatomaceous earth which is great at killing hard bodied insects

why not also just fumigate? Call a professional exterminator or buy poison to protect your property

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