When termites come in contact with wood that has been treated by Timbor, the disodium octaborate tetrahydrate builds up in their systems, slowly poisoning them and slowing them down until they are inevitably killed. This happens by preventing both insects and fungi from being able to metabolize their food. The reason for doing it in a slow manner is that it provides the opportunity for the affected insects to come into contact with other insects that may potentially case harm to the wood, spreading the poison throughout the colony, and killing off the larvae as well. Because it is not a repellent, it allows for the pests to consume it so that the poison accumulates in their bodies, eventually killing them off. (DoMyOwn, n.d.)
Types of Timbor Preventative
Timbor can be used in several formats, such as a solution, foam, or dust, so that it can be utilized in various applications, depending on what your needs are. For attics where there may be unprotected wooden rafters, plywood, exposed, ceiling trusses, and ceiling joists, spraying the Timbor treatment can be an effective method of prevention. If you have exterior wood that you want to preserve, Timbor can safely be applied directly to the surface of wood trim, siding, and logs. It won’t cause discoloration to wooden surfaces, it has no odor, and it doesn’t corrode or wear away at things like nails or screws that may be used in construction.
Special Applications for Termite Preventative
If you need to treat wood that has already been painted, sealed, or otherwise coated, the best method is to use pressure injection. If possible, however it may be better to strip away any sealant prior to treatment to ensure thorough coverage. Once the area has been treated and allowed to dry for 48 hours, a good method of practice is to apply a coat of sealant that will ensure waterproofing. In doing so, it helps to prevent the Timbor from wearing off, so that it’s effects are still potent long after the treatment is applied.
When applying this to any outdoor surface that may be dirty, it is important to make sure that it is cleaned thoroughly beforehand in order to ensure that the Timbor is able to penetrate and be fully absorbed by the area. In addition, it is crucial to make sure that any plants near the area are covered and protected so that they don’t accidentally come into contact with the treatment.
Another feature that makes Timbor so uniquely powerful is that, with each additional treatment, it’s penetration into the treated surface increases, enhancing its ability to protect and preserve wood from fungi and termite attacks. This can be done up to four times, although further preventative measures should still be taken if there is already a great risk for infestation such as poor ventilation and debris in crevices and other crawl spaces. (DoMyOwn, n.d.)