Borate Wood Treatment

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There is always a reason why household pests that come to invade your home are considered a nuisance. They may be parasitic, occasional invaders, they might be vectors of disease and contaminate your food, destroy your plants and crops, or invade in uncontrollable numbers. However, one of the worst types of household pests that is difficult to treat for are wood boring pests. Wood boring pests can destroy wood within just a few weeks if given the time and all the right conditions. Not only do they ruin the aesthetics of such materials like shutters, fences, cabinets, window sills, dressers, and other furniture or materials, they are capable of being the source of major structural damage to your home or business. It is crucial to gain control over these types of pests before they destroy all of your wood materials. This is the primary reason why Pest Mall carries a line of products that contains one of the most effective active ingredients to fight against wood boring pests. The borate wood treatments that Pest Mall provides are not only low in toxicity against people and animals, but it is by far one of the most powerful products to act quickly to preserve wood and to kill the pests that have made your wood piece, their home.

You should look into reading the product label and finding out which solution is best for you. You can always talk to one of our technicians at Pest Mall for the best borate wood treatment for your infestation at 1-800-788-4142.

Active Ingredient in Borate Wood Treatment

The borate wood treatments that are provided by Pest Mall uses one of the most powerful active ingredients that proves its efficacy against wood boring pests as well as preserving the wood, destroying fungus, and providing a lasting residual. Moreover, it presents a very low or even no hazard to people and animals.

The Disodium Octaborate Tetrahydrate (DOT) active ingredient is a chemical that contains the basic elements, boron and oxygen. It is a material that is mined from mineral deposits that can be found in the dirt in specific locations around the world including the western region of North America, South America, and Asia. The borate compound is not only a wood insecticide, fungicide, and preservative, but outside of pest control, it can be used to create such products as fertilizers, glass, ceramic tiles, cosmetics, detergents, soaps, and medicines.

DOT is different from most other active ingredients in that it provides an extremely long residual. Although other wood treatments have a longer residual time than normal insecticides do, the borate compound can provide treatment for 5+ years. Once the borate compound diffuses into the wood, it cannot be broken down which means that it can remain in the wood for an indefinite amount of time under all perfect conditions.

How Borate Wood Treatments Work

Although borate compounds are not very hazardous to people and large animals, they are very toxic to both insects and fungus. For most major wood destroying insects, borate compounds are an ingestion poison. Although such insects like carpenter ants do not directly ingest the treated wood, when borate compounds are used as a dust treatment, the dust builds up on the outer skeleton of the carpenter ant and as they clean themselves, they are able to ingest the poison. The reason why borate wood treatments are so effective is because the borate compound destroys all the necessary bacteria and protozoa in the stomach while disrupting the entire enzyme system. This results in severe indigestion and ultimately leads to a “stop-feed” action in insects. Ultimately, insects starve to death because they are not able to survive the indigestion. Moreover, it is a contact toxicant against fungus, which is why the borate compound used in the borate wood treatments is completely efficient against fungus.

Target Pests of Borate Wood Treatments

There are several different types of wood destroying species that borate wood treatments are highly effective against. Such pests are most major species of termites which include the subterranean, Formosan, drywood, and dampwood, carpenter ants, Powderpost beetles, Anobiid beetles, Old House Borers, and even wood decaying fungi.

How to Effectively Use Borate Wood Treatments

There are a few different ways that borate wood treatments can be applied to wood. It will really depend on what pest you are targeting, mainly due to the fact that different pests will attack wood in different ways. Usually, borate wood treatments are sprayed on, injected into the wood, or even used in the powder form. If directly spraying onto the wood, it is best that the wood is bare or unfurnished. Wood surfaces that are furnished or painted on should be sanded down. This allows the solutions to soak into the wood rather than remain on the surface. Once the application is dry, you can finish the wood with furnishing materials or paint. Depending on the piece of wood material you are applying the borate compound on, there may be an easier solution to how you approach borate wood treatment.

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Q. Looking for treatment to Satisfy LEED for up to 3 feet above grade.
What is the best Borate treatment product to spray the bottom 3' of studs on the ground floor. I need the product to be LEED certifiable.
A.   The product of choice would be Bora-Care. you may contact us for a copy of the technical bulletin explaining the application. The calculations on the technical bulletin is based on treating 2 feet up on the foundation. To determine LEED amounts to 3 feet just increase solution amounts by 50%.
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Q. bora care termite treatment
I am located in Los Angeles, California. Which stores sell Bora-care? and how many gallons would you recomend for a house 1.800 square feet ?
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I'm not sure what stores will sell Bora-care locally.

You will have to contact a professional pest control management store and see if they can sell it to you or order it online.

Also, how much area it will cover will depend on how thick the lumber is. As stated on the product label, for area that is 1/4 inches thick, 0.6 gallons of diluted Boracare can cover 1600 sq. ft.

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Q. Can I apply it directly to wood and srtain that material afterwards?
I f I apply it to unfished stain grade hemlock siding can I stain properly afterwards or will it disclolor the wood
A.   You can treat the unfinished wood with a borate treatment product and stain it afterwards without discoloration of the wood. In fact, borate treatment for wood is truly effective when it is able to fuse with the wood before it is finished. The liquid will soak through the wood and fuse with the wood to preserve it. The wet-able powder though, will cling onto the surface because of the powder base and you may see a residue with the powder form, so we recommend the liquid borate treatment. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.
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Q. do you have to treat 3 sides of wood for pentration and does the treatment encourage mold to grow on surrounding drywall and insulation
A.   If you use Boracare, it will have the capability of thoroughly penetrating through the wood as long as the applied surface does not have a finishing. However if you are able to apply the product on more than one side it would only play on your favor. Boracare is also made as Boracare with Mold care which will help treat the wood and prevent mold from growing.
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