Other Wood Destroying Organisms


Powder Post Beetles

The name is appropriate because the larvae of these beetles reduce timbers to a mass of very fine, powderlike  material.    The  anobiid  powder  post beetle is of particular concern in this area because it infests soft woods that so many of  homes  are constructed with.


Drywood and Powder Post Termites

Unlike subterranean termites, they do not require any contact with the soil to live. Thus, they can seriously damage not only buildings, but also movable wooden objects, such as furniture. Estimates of treatment costs per year are more than $500 million.


Wood Boring Beetles

Wood boring beetles include over 1200 species, such as the death watch beetle, longhorn beetles, round headed borers and old house borers. The life cycle of the old house borer is from 3 to 12 years. Because this beetle has a very long life cycle it can infest the same piece of wood again and again.

tim-bor-bora-careTimbor and Bora-Care are borate based termiticides, insecticides and fungicides that are applied directly to the wood. Its formula penetrates deep into the wood and eliminates wood as a food source for pests. Borates kill termites and other insects by poisoning the microorganisms in the insects’ digestive tracts that are needed to break down the wood’s cellulose.

Borates disrupt the enzyme system of fungi.

Borates have been used for over 300 years. The Borate compound contains the basic elements of boron and oxygen. Borate ores are mined from mineral deposits found in the earth.

Borates are used in many different applications including laundry detergents and cleaning products where they play important roles in bleaching and stain removal. You may have heard of  “Twenty Mule Team Borax” in the past.