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Forum topic by Jim55 posted 07-24-2017 12:52 PM 453 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jim55

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07-24-2017 12:52 PM

Hi y’all,
I have been acquiring, with no immediate end in sight, a large stock of pallet wood, 1x, 2x, 3 & 4 x, oak and pine. I have to store it outside. I am planning on putting up something like a three sided hay barn, say… about 20’ x 40’ ft. For the record, I have planned to do something like this for some time and have other uses for such whenever this wood supply dries up.

But, my immediate concern is termites! How do I guard aginst the little vamints for wood stored outside?! Any and all (especially serious) suggestions welcomed and most at least appreciated. (;^})
Thanks!


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JCamp

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#1 posted 07-24-2017 01:07 PM

On Amazon u can buy spray for them. The most popular is called Teramdor If you hav ur house treated for it that’s probably what the company is using. There is atleast one more treatment. It’s a baiting method. They drive hollow steaks in the ground and then the termites come to eat the bait An after a few months they’ll die. I know a guy that works for a big spraying place An he says the bait is the best way to go According to him they hav videos of termites on a piece of wood. They put the bait a few feet away An after a few days all the termites are off the wood An chowing down at the bait site. The DIY method of doing the spray is very likely the cheapest

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Bob5103

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#2 posted 07-24-2017 01:13 PM

I don’t have termites where I live, but I have to battle carpenter ants. My “home brew” solution is Borax soap poured around the perimeter of my wood pile. When I was doing my research I seem to recall it worked for termites. I put a 6” wide layer down and try to keep it covered with the tarps I put over the wood. It seems to work as long as I can keep it dry.

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WDHLT15

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#3 posted 07-25-2017 12:26 PM

Disodium octaborate tetrahydrate. Mix 1 to 1.5 pounds of powder per gallon of water and spray it on the wood. Soak the wood good.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln. hamsleyhardwood.com

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Lazyman

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#4 posted 07-25-2017 12:35 PM

Most termites need contact with the ground and plenty of moisture so if you can elevate the pallets off the ground and keep them dry by covering with a tarp you won’t need to use any toxic materials that will limit what you want to use the wood for later. If I remember correctly from my forest entomology class in college, the rule of thumb is 12 inches above the ground. That is generally the limit for their earthen tunnels. Four cinder blocks might be a good choice and will give you 4 spots to look for their tunnels.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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Jim55

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#5 posted 07-25-2017 08:29 PM

Thanks all!

I think I have a plan. Stack the wood up on cement blocks (have some that way already) and then see about those hollow baited stakes in the ground to get rid of the critters altogether.

Thanks but, I too do not care for the thought of saturating wood we will be cutting and handling with poisons.

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WDHLT15

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#6 posted 07-26-2017 11:56 AM

The borate is not a poison to humans or animals.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln. hamsleyhardwood.com

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metroplexchl

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#7 posted 07-27-2017 12:01 AM

You wouldn’t want to do this to your wood stock, but an old school method of treating barns, fence posts, houses, etc here in Texas is what ranchers used to call Creosote. They’d mix deisel and used motor oil of any kind (strain out the metal and dirt shavings with an old tshirt) in a 1:1 ratio and mix in a sprayer or just paint it on with a brush. Despite what one thinks, it is NOT any more flammable than any other treated wood since deisel isn’t flammable…its fumes are. It takes a day or two for the fuel smell to go away, but it will last FOREVER and will be bug free forever. Please note that it is not good for the soil to spray it all around the ground. A little on the ground around posts and such won’t hurt though.

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