Can I use household ammonia to fume finnished wood that has been infested?

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12-25-2012 06:06 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question wood finishing infestation ammonia fumigate

I currently seem to have some sort of pest infestation in a wooden statue stand. I cannot see any bugs but there is a lot of wood saw dust coming out of the crack at the bottom of the stand. The wood is already stained so I do not want to spray any pesticides onto it and ruin the varnish/finish. Can I just fumigate it by using household ammonia? If yes, how long and how do I know the bugs are dead? Any help would be truly appreciated!

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#1 posted 12-25-2012 06:29 PM

You ought to find out what it is first then you can treat it effectively. Fumigation wont effect larva in some stages. My best advice is to get the table up to 180 degrees for about 15 min. Hopefully your finish can take it.

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#2 posted 12-25-2012 08:25 PM

Actually, heat treatment would work well if the object is small enough to treat in a household oven or if yoiu can create a heated enclosure… The internal wood temperature needs to be 135 degees (F) and it need to be held for at least an hour at that temp. Heat the object slowly and use damp rags, renewed frequently in the oven to keep the humidity high so the heat doesn’t dry out the wood.

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#3 posted 12-26-2012 01:22 AM

I believe gdfdvm had a problem like this and wrote about getting rid of the pests. Check for his post.

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#4 posted 12-26-2012 01:30 AM

drione dust.

sounds like you have carpenter ants. They come out at night, watch them for a couple of days to find all satellite nests they might have.

YouTube drione dust ants … and watch what you need to do.

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#5 posted 12-26-2012 03:26 AM

Everyone said this wouldn’t work but I put my walnut chair under a tarp and set off one of those Raid bug bombs under it. No more powder post beetles and it didn’t hurt the finish at all. Your milage may vary.

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