Bark Beetle Heat Treatment

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Forum topic by AZWoody posted 11-12-2015 06:24 PM 504 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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11-12-2015 06:24 PM

All of the mesquite that i have milled have bark beetle, mostly in the sapwood. I have seen piles and when it’s very quiet, it’s possible to hear them chewing and working inside the wood.

I’ve tried some borax based products and it did kill them, but not enough to get all of them so I’m still having issues.

I would eventually like to build a solar kiln, but this time of the year, it would not be effective in my opinion.
There is a pallet company that does heat treating for all the produce pallets and I asked them their methods and they said for pallet specs, they have to heat treat at 140 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes. It takes 2 hours to get to temperature, so the total process is approximately 3 hours.

Has anybody done any kind of heat treating, and if so, would that be sufficient temperature and or time for bark beetle?

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#1 posted 11-12-2015 07:32 PM

I have not heat treated wood but I know from numerous biology classes I have taken that 140°F is considered lethal to most life forms. There are only a few exceptions, like microbes that live in hot springs. If the internal temperature if the wood reaches that temperature and the beetle larva with it, then they are toast, both literally and figuratively. So yes, I say that would be sufficient for bark beetles.

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