Wood Protection for Termite and Wood Destroying Pests

Albanese Pest Control Inc. provides protection against wood destroying insects for museum art galleries, artifacts and antiques .  Wood protection for homes, decks and all exterior wood structures.  Wood protection, protects against termites, carpenter ants, beetles and decay fungi infestation in wood.

Treatment Facts:

What is a borate treatment?

A borate treatment is an EPA Registered, low toxicity pesticide designed to penetrate and protect all types of wood, including plywood and composites, from infestations of wood boring insects such as termite, beetles, carpenter ants and decay fungi. A borate is an odorless, colorless treatment, which can be applied to your wood by professional pest control operators.

How does Borate protect the wood?

One of the main components of borate is boron, a fairly common element that happens to be toxic to many insects, decay fungi and some forms of bacteria. Although the effectiveness of borate against insects such as termites and wood boring beetles is well documented, the actual mechanism of toxicity is not completely understood.  The most widely accepted theory is that it kills the beneficial microbes that live in the insects’ gut.  These microbes help the insect to digest food and without them the insect essentially starves to death.

When applied by Albanese Pest Control Inc. A borate will eliminate existing infestations and provide long lasting protection against future infestations.  Those insects, which attack the treated, wood also, ingest which kills them. Many insects, such as carpenter ants, find treated wood repellent.  Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not actually eat wood but use it as nesting sites.  They exude chemicals, which soften the wood for easier removal.  While releasing and absorbing these chemicals, these ants ingest the borate in the wood, which then destroys their gut microbes.  They, too, die from starvation.

Water is the enemy of wood!

Cracks, checks and knotholes are all points of entry for insects and water. Once water enters wood, decay may progress quite rapidly. Borate’s is water soluble and will automatically move into those areas high in moisture content where decay and insect infestations can start.

Is Borate treated wood safe?

Yes, wood treated with borate is non-toxic to people and animals. Some wood species, however, contain naturally occurring toxins, which may be harmful if ingested.

What do you do after your wood treatment?

Because borate chemical is water soluble, freshly treated wood should be protected from rain or snow. For long term protection exterior surfaces can be coated with a water-resistant paint or stain.  It is not necessary to seal interior surfaces except in situations involving repeated moisture contact such as: shower stalls, bath houses, etc.

Borate’s penetrates throughout the wood and leaves no toxic surface residue. It works by depositing an active ingredient in the wood, which will not decompose or vaporize like many other pesticides.  This means that it will keep providing broad-spectrum protection with little impact on our environment. Albanese Pest Control Inc. can apply interior and exterior wood surfaces with safety and confidence.

How does a Borate get into the wood?

When first applied, the borate solution coats the surface of the wood. Within minutes the active ingredient penetrates the surface and enters the wood. Borate then begins to diffuse or move throughout the entire piece. How quickly diffusion occurs depends on wood species, moisture content and environmental conditions.

Why use a Borate?

Many of the traditionally used wood preservatives and pesticides such as creosote and chlordane are highly toxic an no longer available for general use. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Mississippi State University has been developing the use borate’s as safer alternative to these chemicals for the past ten years. Their work is based on a long history of borate use in countries such as Australia and New Zealand. It was evident that environmental concerns presented an opportunity for the introduction of new, low toxicity, borate based product.