Kills all species of termites. Also effective against wood destroying beetles, carpenter ants, wood rot and mold.
How Does Termite Prufe Work?
Termite Prufe's mode of action is that of a slow acting stomach poison in termites and beetles and a contact poison to decay fungi. As insects or their larvae feed on, tunnel in and/or digest wood, they accumulate the active ingredient into their systems which acts to poison the insect.
Termite Prufe is effective for treatment of wood (including pressure treated) and wood-foam composite structural components against decay fungi that causes wood rot and wood-boring insects such as but not limited to the following termites, beetles and carpenter ants:
TERMITES that have fed on the slow acting Termite Prufe treated wood can accumulate the active ingredient and still move among other individuals in the colony. The transfer of food from workers to nymphs, soldiers and reproductives will also transfer the ingested Termite Prufe. Affected individuals also exhibit behavioral changes, becoming sluggish, stop feeding and start to die. Others in the colony will avoid these individuals as well as areas where these individuals have died. The Termite Prufe treated wood is not the first choice for feeding therefore Termite Prufe treated wood is avoided by foraging termites.
BEETLES (wood destroying). Eggs deposited on the surface of Termite Prufe treated wood by beetles will have a reduced hatch rate. Larvae that may hatch from eggs will soon die after attempting to eat into Termite Prufe treated wood. In infested wood, the larvae will die from ingesting Termite Prufe treated wood as they tunnel toward the surface of the wood to pupate. Depending on the life cycle of the beetle, type of beetle, and seasonality of treatment, adult beetles may emerge but will not reinfest the wood.
CARPENTER ANTS do not consume wood but they cause substantial and rapid damage by excavating cavities in wood for nesting. Termite Prufe treated wood is very unpalatable and is not excavated by carpenter ants. Treated wood alone may not prevent or eliminate a carpenter ant infestation, since the ants can penetrate other construction voids and avoid chewing the treated wood. However, Roach Prufe® powder applied on trails, in wall void, around conduit, in electrical boxes and plumbing will kill these pests. The electrostatically charged Roach Prufe powder is picked up by the ants as they trail through, carrying it back to their nests with lethal results.
WOOD ROT caused by decay fungi can infect and rapidly destroy wood where there are moisture problems. Termite Prufe is highly toxic to decay fungi and will kill the fungi present and/or protect against future infestations.
PROBLEMS which may have led to infestation or that may do so in the future must be corrected. This includes correcting moisture leaks, providing adequate ventilation, moisture barriers, and removal of debris from crawl spaces. After the initial Termite Prufe treatment, inspections should be performed on a regular basis and additional preventative spray treatments of Termite Prufe can be made if needed. Each additional treatment (up to 4) can be made, will increase the borate loading and penetration into the wood, further protecting it from insect and fungus attack.
Termite Prufe Product contains - Disodium octaborate tetrahydrate 98.00%
Other ingredients 2.00% - US Patent NO.: 6.325.304 B1, 6.399 109
EFFECTIVENESS OF BORATES
Disodium octaborate tetrahydrate can be used to protect against, as well as eliminate, infestations of wood destroying organisms. The products utilizing this active ingredient are labelled for all wood destroying beetles, termites, carpenter ants and fungi commonly associated with wood deterioration. The products are effective in relatively small amounts, and do not break down with time.
The use of these soluble materials to protect wood from invasion by wood destroying organisms is not new. Borate compounds have been used in Europe, New Zealand, Australia and other countries around the world for over 40 years. However, it has only been in the last ten years that researchers and manufacturers here in the United States started to investigate the use of more refined remedial control of wood destroying organisms.
Disodium octaborate tetrahydrate does not penetrate intact skin and is not a known skin irritant. It is noncorrosive to most metals and has no odor.
"National Pest Control Association, Inc."
It is also commonly held that borate treatment for wood is a new development. Wrong! Borates have been widely used in Europe and elsewhere for decades. In New Zealand, wood-destroying organisms had been a major problem until soaking construction timbers in a borate solution was mandatory. This was introduced in 1953 and since that time there has been no single reported incidence of failure in these treated houses.
" Pest Control Technology Magazine"
WHAT ABOUT THE BORATES?
Wood-destroying insects and decay fungi cause considerable damage to houses and other structures across much of the U.S. Current measures for eliminating infestations in wood include physical removal, spraying the wood with emulsified insecticide, or fumigation.
Fumigation is costly and provides no residual protection against future infestations. Emulsified organic insecticides, on the other hand, give limited protection of wood and often leave a noticeable odor.
Borate is a generalized term for compounds containing the elements boron and oxygen. Many products used by consumers contain borates in varying amounts- toothpaste, mouthwash, cosmetics and laundry detergent, for example.
Another form of borate, which the pest control industry has used for many years, is boric acid. The two new borate formulations developed for use as wood protectants contain derived products of borax and boric acid.
When applied to wood, this synthetic combination is highly effective in controlling most wood-infesting insects and decay fungi. Pest species controlled by the borate-based wood protectants include lyctid and anobiid powderpost beetles, old house borers, carpenter ants, and above-ground termite infestations.
The dilute borate solutions can be applied to the surface of bare (unfinished) wood using a compressed hand-held sprayer, or a power spray rig.
The solutions may also be brushed onto the wood surface, or injected into infested wood, galleries, and pockets of decay.
Any exposed, accessible bare wood surface, whether infested or susceptible to attack by insects or decay fungi, may be treated. This includes sills, joists, beams, decking, and siding.
Consult the product labels for the respective rates and procedures for treating attics and crawl spaces, and other susceptible areas.
In addition to being highly effective against a wide range of wood destroying insects and fungi, borate residues will remain active in wood almost indefinitely, provided that the treated wood is not exposed to frequent wetting, and is not in direct contact with soil.
"Pest Control Magazine"
HISTORIC RENOVATION PROJECTS
Because borate insecticides help protect wood against future decay and insect problems, they are a useful tool in the preservation of historic buildings. Treating wood with borates is not a replacement for correcting moisture problems or other structural repairs, nor will it repair wood that is already damaged. But it will arrest existing decay and insect activity and help prevent future problems. Many historic buildings around the country are being treated with borate-based products as an "insurance policy" during renovation.
" Pest Control Technology Magazine"