Termites in antiques

Melbourne

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We naively purchased these antique shoe lasts from a local flea market, not realising that what we thought was an attractive surface quality were in fact termite tunnels. They were only $5 each, so we’re less financially and more emotionally attached to them. The question is can we bring them inside?

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They’re currently stored outside in plastic bags. We would love to use them as door stops or something fun but are afraid of what might be lurking under the surface. The lasts are clearly very old and the second one only has about 4 visible holes. So the question is could termites still be inside? Can we make certain they are termite free or do we cut our loses and toss them?

Has anyone else inadvertently bought nasties into the home via flea market/antique pieces?

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