Termites in the woodpile

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Blog entry by PASs posted 12-25-2009 07:11 AM 4146 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Was splitting some firewood and noticed the stuff on the bottom had gotten a termite infestation….and I gotta admit I started thinking (maybe this should be a you might be a lumberjock if post) anyway, started to thinking “if I leave this for a while, the termites might do something interesting to the wood and I can make something out of it.

I have some furniture my dad made using driftwood from the Gulf of Mexico. It has holes bored through it from some type of marine worms. A very interesting effect.

Anybody ever reclaim termited wood?

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#1 posted 12-25-2009 08:36 AM

Yeah… built furniture. Put it in the room. Nice and warm. Next thing, termites flying all over the place – it was not fun. Not sure how, but make sure those suckers are good and dead. Their eggs and cousins and any creature that even looked at them too.

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#2 posted 12-25-2009 10:33 AM

I have resawn and milled up quite a bit of spalted and termite eaten stuff, mostly Maple. 1/4 – 1/2” thick for overlay (veneer) and small boxes ( aromatherapy etc), have not had a problem one. I make sure it is well dried after I resaw and I do still keep an eye out for BUGS and keep a can of ant etc killer on hand. I will post a picture frame made of wormy Alder in my projects.

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#3 posted 12-25-2009 02:53 PM

Seems like it’s not worth the risk to me. But if you do you it I would love to see the pictures.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#4 posted 12-25-2009 03:08 PM

Just a suggestion, but you should be a able to kill any termites by placing the pieces of wood in an oven set to 180 degrees and letting them sit for a few hours.

-- Altruism is, ultimately, self-serving

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#5 posted 12-25-2009 03:29 PM

Ive made some pretty cool sculture from carpenter ant eaten wood… termites in this neck of the woods

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#6 posted 06-28-2010 10:19 AM

I’ve been noticing termites in my garage around my wood pile lately. Anybody had much luck treating the area around your wood to keep them away or kill whats there?

-- Create something everyday.

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#7 posted 07-01-2010 07:50 AM

You can purchase a bottle of Boric Acid and poof the powder in the crevices. Make sure this doesn’t get into areas that children, pets or fish will come in contact with. It can also kill plants and if need be, wear a mask, do not apply when windy. HD has this in a yellow bottle that looks like a giant mustard bottle. It works by creating gasses in insects that can not expand, so they have mini-expolsions. Works on ants, etc. and it’s not discriminating to good insects.

There is a non-toxic, child & pet safe product that I have not tried offered through

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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