Wood Beetles, Powderpost Beetles
Products for Killing Beetles in Wood
Pest control products designed for treating wood against wood destroying beetles (wood destroying organisms) have vastly improved. Through the mid 1980s, most homes were treated with chlorinated hydrocarbons (Lindane, Chlordane, Heptachlor) to kill powderpost beetles or wood beetles in the wood members of the structure. For soil treatment, some of these products offered excellent long-term protection from termites. Their performance on treating for powderpost beetles, old house borers was lacking in many ways. Chlorinated hydrocarbons are no longer available for use in the United States.
Today, homes and buildings are being treated with safer, more reliable
products to protect them from wood destroying organisms. These new
products are based on using ingredients that have been around for a long time.
To protect your home, decks, barns or other structure from wood destroying pests (powderpost beetles, termites, Drywood termites, wood decay fungi) use a professional borate product designed for the job. The two most trusted products used by professionals and do it yourselfers are Bora-Care and Timbor concentrates. Bora-Care offers the longest control and deeper penetration than other borates. Timbor is often used as when a dry dust application as well as liquid spray is required for certain jobs.
Bora-Care (Boracare) is a liquid concentrated borate insecticide that lasts for many years inside of wood. After mixing the concentrate with water, this solution is sprayed or brushed onto the surface of wood. After drying, this product is safe and non-toxic. This is the product of choice for treating log homes (due to the thickness and abundance of wood) and for those who want the longest wood beetle protection possible for their homes. It is also used to treat antiques and furniture for protection from powderpost beetles, Drywood termites in wood furniture. Bora-Care is mixed one to one; each gallon of concentrate (when mixed with water) will make two gallons of wood spray solution. Each gallon of solution will treat 500 square feet of wood, giving you a total of 1,000 square feet yield per gallon of Bora-Care concentrate.
Timbor is a dry product that can be mixed with
water to create a liquid borate wood spray or can be used in its original, dry
form to dust wall voids and attics. When mixing for wood beetle or termite
spray, use 1.5 pound of Timbor per gallon of water. This gallon of mixed
borate solution will cover 200 square feet of wood. When using Timbor as a
dry insecticide dust it can be applied to small cracks and crevices, between and
beneath strips of insulation with a Crusader
Duster. When broadcasting larger volume of product use either a crank
duster or electric duster for best coverage
and ease of application. (See Pest Control Dusting
Whether you are treating your home, barns, garage or simply pieces of furniture, you will have good results when treating the wood with a professional borate insecticide wood preservative product such as Timbor or Bora-Care.