Simply put, termites are tiny black, tan, or white insects found in homes, and cause extensive damage to wood and wood products. Reliable researches from the top universities in the US indicate that the damage termites infect annually results in over $2 billion in losses. These little insect feed on the wood, which is then converted into acetic acid in their intestines.
In the pasts, people used many insecticides to control termites but the growing awareness of these chemicals impact on health and environment has led to better ways of controlling these pests. Experts are now focusing on natural ways of taking care of this problem.
The seriousness of the problem
You might think that termites do not pose any serious dangers to health and environment, as they are very tiny creatures. However, these insects eat any type of wood or wood products. This means, if left uncheck, they can bring an entire house down after a few years of eating through the wood from the inside. To make matters worse, people do not often notice what these creatures have been doing until it is too late. Termites can also destroy your furniture including beds, tables and seats resulting into huge losses.
Environmentalists say that the biggest hindrance to safeguarding the environment is the cutting down of trees. Unfortunately, when termites infest wood meant for huge constructions the builders have no choice but to cut more trees to get new wood. This harms the environment greatly but also affects the livelihood of others. The losses individuals in the wood and construction industries incur annually are big enough to feed a nation.
That is why it is vital to come up with ways of taking care of the problem before it even starts. One such method that has increasingly gained popularity is borate treatment.
Understanding borate treatment
Borate treatment is a low toxic pesticide that is made to penetrate and safeguard all types of wood including composites and plywood from infestations of wood boring pests such beetles, decay fungi, carpenter ants and termites. This colorless, odorless treatment is applied to any type of wood by professional pest control technicians. The borate is deadly to these wood pests but completely safe for humans and their pets. Hence, you do not have to worry about your health when using this form of treatment to combat wood pests.
Boron is one of the main elements in borate, and is highly toxic to insects and various forms of bacteria. Even though there is plenty of documentation to describe the use and effectiveness of borate to against termites, experts still do not understand the actual system of toxicity. The theory that many experts have widely accepted is that the borate kills the beneficial microbes living in the guts of insects. The microbes help the insects to digest food and without them, the termites starve to death. A borate is effective in eliminating existing infections and offering durable protection against any future infections.
What you can do
You can use various types of borate to protect your wood from termites as well as other wood boring insects. According to most experts, borate is an affordable, safe and durable system of treating and protecting your wood. The use of borate contributes to energy-efficient practices of building. Choose the most appropriate borate product for your wood to ensure maximum benefits. One of the greatest advantages of borate is that it is natural, colorless and odorless. You can apply it on logs at home, furniture, windows, and doors. Once you have treated your wood with borate, you should take the following steps:
Keep away from water – Every carpenter or construction expert will tell you that water is the greatest enemy of wood. Once water enters your wood, it starts to rot rapidly. Borate is water soluble so protect fresh treated wood from rain or snow.
Paint the wood – To ensure that the wood lasts longer, paint a protective coat of wood paint. This will not only enhance the function of the borate but will also serve decorative purposes. Make sure the paint you choose to use is water-resistant and of good quality. When the paint starts to wear off you can always paint another layer.
This guest post comes courtesy of AZ Best Pest, a leading authority in termite control Phoenix.