WHAT IS BORON?
Boron-containing wood preservatives are all derived from naturally occurring
borate minerals. Boron does not occur in nature in its elemental form, but as
oxygen-containing compounds such as boric acid, or borates such as Borax. The
mineral tincal (Borax) is the most significant source of commercially used borate.
There are major deposits in both the USA and Turkey and other forms of borate
are found in South America, China and Russia. Boron is widely distributed in plant
and animal tissues and is known to be essential for plant growth. The daily intake
for humans varies from 0.5 to 3.1 mg from all natural food and water sources.
TREATMENT QUESTIONS - using 5% B.A.E. Boron Ultra 12 in water
HOW MANY COATS DO YOU NEED?
Two light spray or brush coats, allowing
the first coat to dry before the second is applied.
DOES IT STAIN OR LEAVE MARKS ON TIMBER?
No, as long as you do not apply too many coats (it might then leave white crystals
behind on the surface).
CAN YOU PAINT, STAIN, OR WAX OVER IT?
Yes, as long as you do not
apply too many coats (it might then leave white crystals behind on the surface,
which could prevent your coating from sticking properly).
DOES IT KILL THE WOODWORM
No, it prevents re-infestation by killing any eggs laid onto the surface or into
HOW DOES IT WORK?
It is what is called a 'Biostat' - the eggs that are laid on the surface bore
through the treated surface layer of the wood or tunnel and the Boron Ultra 12
prevents them from feeding, by affecting the enzymes in the gut. So, it only kills
DOES BORON ULTRA 12 KILL WASPS, FLIES, BEES OR SPIDERS?
No, it will only kill insects
that bore into and eat the wood. So, the flies that Bats live on are not killed,
and this leaves food for the Spiders as well.
WHY ARE THERE FRESH HOLES APPEARING, EVEN THOUGH I TREATED EVERYTHING MONTHS AGO?
Because of the life cycle
of the common furniture beetle the surface treatment can only kill the new eggs
that are laid - the wood worm grubs live deep in the wood and cannot be reached
with a normal surface treatment.
WHAT'S THE LIFE CYCLE OF THE WOODWORM?
Up to 5 years, before changing
into a beetle and emerging to mate.
HOW LONG DOES THE BEETLE LIVE - DOES IT EAT?
Up to 3 weeks and no, it
does not eat.
HOW LIKELY ARE THE WOODWORM EGGS TO INFEST MY FURNITURE OR FLOORS?
Not very likely - the eggs
cannot burrow in through paint, varnish, wax or other finishes.
HOW DO YOU MIX THE PRODUCTS? WHAT IS THE MIX RATIO?
Some are already mixed in
water and need no dilution. The powder should be mixed wearing gloves and a dust
mask in water. Wait for the solution to become completely clear before use, otherwise
it may clog your sprayer. For a 5% Woodworm Treatment add 1kg of powder to 25
litres of water, which is the same as 200 grams of powder in 5 litres of water.
CAN YOU SPRAY OR PAINT IT ON? WHAT DO I WEAR FOR SPRAYING?
Yes, either spray or brush apply to bare wood only - it will not penetrate paint,
varnish, wax or stain. Wear the correct mask for water based sprays, gloves, a
coverall, waterproof boots and a protective hat or hood.
DOES IT SMELL OR HAVE A COLOUR?
No, it has no odour and no
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO DRY?
From 15 minutes to 45 minutes.
DO I HAVE TO LEAVE THE HOUSE WHILST IT'S DRYING?
No, but the treated area
must be kept secure for 1 hour, or until the surfaces are all dry, whichever is
the longer, before unprotected people or animals are allowed to enter.
HOW LONG WILL WOODWORM TREATMENT LAST FOR?
If you have used our Boron
based treatment in a dry place then it should last indefinitely - Boron Ultra
12 does not give off any vapour and does not leave the wood unless washed out
by a long term water leak. Other types of Insecticide, like Permethrin and Cypermethrin
have been shown to leave the wood over a period of years - little will remain
after 6 to 8 years (Treatment Survey results).
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO LEAVE IT UNTIL I CAN PUT CARPETS DOWN?
Until all the surfaces are
completely dry. Because there are no solvents in the product the underlay and
carpet are safe from damage.
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written by: David
B.A. (Hons.), C.T.I.S., C.R.D.S. Technical Author