|New Construction & Re-Model Wood Treatments
Active Ingredient = Disodium Octaborate Tetrahydrate (DOT)
the field of (DOT) Disodium Octaborate Tetrahydrate
applications in all types of construction for the control and
prevention of decay fungi, termites, powder post beetles, and
preventative treatments. We utilize advance technology
application equipment to ensure the treatments are done as
thoroughly as possible.
Borates have been in use since 1910.
Borates have been used as a wood preservative since 1940.
The label covers prevention and control of fungus, wood decay, termites,
beetles, and carpenter ants.
The borate actually penetrates into unsealed wood.
Borates are odorless.
The moisture in wood actually aids in the diffusion of the product.
Wood can be handled, painted or stained after the treatment is dry.
25 - 40 + years residual in wood that is protected from constant moisture.
To control wood destroying organisms, Boron is the answer. Termites
ingest the borates while feeding, then spread the active ingredient
throughout the colony, effectively controlling the members. Beetle larvae
ingest the borates from treated wood and soon die. Carpenter ants find the wood unpalatable, so
they don’t nest. If they come into contact with the powder, they ingest the borates in an attempt
to clean themselves and soon die. Decay fungi is killed off on contact.
Boron can be used in addition to a termiticide to treat active infestations of both drywood
termites & subterranean termites with lasting residual control.
Many insects including, ants, cockroaches, crickets, earwigs, silverfish, spiders and other
unwanted pests are effectively controlled from the powder when it’s dusted into cracks, crevices
Use Boron, and you’ll find our brand of pest control is not only
natural and effective, it’s more progressive.
A sound solution that lasts.
remedially, or to prevent an infestation, your home will be
protected. You won’t be inconvenienced by having to pack up
and leave. Fumigation will be a thing of the past. The
application process is performed by trained, certified
common problem of insects and pests.
Wood-Destroying Fungi in Residential Construction
© 1996 Stephen Smulski, Ph.D. Wood Science Specialists Inc.
Excerpt from Building Materials and Wood Technology Shutesbury , Massachusetts
Dealing With Decay
The first and most important thing to do once decay is discovered is to figure out where the water
is coming from. Check for the obvious roof and plumbing leaks, and missing or punctured
In-place treatment with borates
Dormant fungi can be reactivated when dry, infected wood is
re-wetted. Consider treating infected, but otherwise serviceable
wood left in place with a (DOT) Disodium Octaborate Tetrahydrate
based preservative that will not only kill active fungi, but guard
against future infection as well. Borates have low toxicity to
humans and are even approved for interior use in food processing
plants. They don't affect wood's strength, color, or finishability,
don't corrode fasteners, and don't outgas vapors. Widely used in
treating new timbers for log homes, they're the preservative of
choice for remedial treatment of existing wood in homes and other
buildings. Because of the decay hazard posed whenever wood
such as patio or fence posts, bears on concrete or masonry,
concentrated diffusible borates are often applied to inhibit
infestations or infection.
Based on this data, boric acid and Boron are not significantly different in toxicity than
common table salt. In addition, both boric acid and Boron are less toxic than aspirin. The
greater the LD50 rating the safer the substance is. When compared to these common
household items, boric acid and Boron are not particularly dangerous, and, if used properly, will
not cause poisoning.
So are borates toxic? Certainly, and so is virtually every and anything else you come in contact
with. It is simply a matter of quantity, and the simple fact is that exposure to borates should not
cause alarm in anyone.
In the low levels at which these borate products are applied still make them very effective control
agents of decay fungi, termites, powder post beetles, and as preventative treatments on any
unpainted or sealed wood in new construction, remodeling, room additions and decks.