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Borates

Safe Solutions for Wood Destroying Insects and Fungi

Borates have long been used as a safer alternative to highly volatile, synthetic chemical pesticides and fungicides.  Borates go directly on the wood and not into the soil.  Borates diffuse deep into wood fibers to control termites and other wood-eating insects as well as wood destroying fungi. Borates are used to control a wide range of insects pests and fungi.  Borates are used in a liquid, paste or solid form, in granular baits and as a contact dust. Scientists believe insects die when borates enter their digestive tracts after consuming bait or grooming themselves. The borates kill the micoorganisms in the insects' gut. So far, insects have shown no ability to develop resistance to borates.  Borates are being used more and more in the conservation of wooden structures and artifacts. They are used in restoration projects from old homes to old ships. If you are concerned about exposure to toxic chemicals, consider Borates as an environmentally friendly alternative.