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Forum topic by john111 posted 06-19-2013 12:53 PM 994 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-19-2013 12:53 PM

Hey Al!l I know that this topic has been addressed before and have read some of the posts. All great info about how to get rid of them. Seems to be some difference of opinion though ( gee imagine that- LOL). So I guess that to me heat seems to be the thing that would assure there demise. I like the Bora-care because that seems easier and can be done myself,today. The Bora-care scares me though because I feel it could just be a temporary fix. I have a pretty good amount of board feet that I picked up from this guy. Here is where i would like some of your thoughts! The scenario is that I purchased some tools from this guy and while I was doing that I saw all the wood that he had. He was liquidating all of his tools and moving out of state and could not take most of his stuff. Well I bought some tools from him and then could not stop thinking about the small pick-up truck bed full of cherry. This was outside during last winter. Well I went back, of course, a couple days later to get some more of his tools and we got to talking. We ended up with a deal for all of his lumber for a hundo. This also included a fair amount of oak and maple and some other misc. He did tell me about the the bugs and said he was going to have the lumber separated between no bugs and bugged. I didn’t think to much about it being that I am new to woodworking and just figured that you could spray it and it would not be a big issue. In his defense he did try to let me know the gravity of the situation. Now all that said what I am wondering is if these buggers are still alive and living the high life at my expense. I see some remnants from them. Nothing really remarkable. i haven’t seen any bugs per say. What I can see is the tunnels and exit holes. I have poked around and cannot find any larvae. (I think) This stuff has been outside for a couple winters in Chicago. What you all think?

-- john111

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#1 posted 06-19-2013 04:10 PM

No replies? I guess this was hashed out already. My real question is if they are dead. They were frozen all winter outside. I had read on one of the posts that they could freeze to death. Just the bugs themselves or the larvae as well?

-- john111

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#2 posted 06-19-2013 05:31 PM

The only way to really rely on their demise is to heat them to around 135 degree f. Spray-on products are okay, but you would still need to hope the product you use spreads evenly, and that isn’t likely in dry wood; they are meant to spread thru existing moisture. Not gonna say they won’t work, just less reliable. They do, however, help in keeping new ones from entering. If the holes in the wood are round, then they were likely bored after the wood was sawn; if they are oval, then likely before it was sawn. No way to tell about the larvae, hence the heat treatment. I have found no proof that they freeze to death. Big thing to watch for are little sawdust powder piles from the newbies boring back out; if you see any, bake ‘em before they spread or that they will.

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#3 posted 06-20-2013 12:52 AM

The good thing is that in cherry, the powderpost beetles only seem to like the sapwood, not the heartwood. Another solution is to cut off all the sapwood and discard it.

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

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#4 posted 06-22-2013 01:27 PM

Yes they are still there…


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#5 posted 06-22-2013 02:10 PM

I spray 70% rubbing alcohol to kill anything alive, then a 15% solution of Boracide to penetrate and dry to get anything that eats wood later. Dry the wood and store inside if possible. Run a fan if needed to circulate air. I also check for sawdust piles in case something hatches. I have a basement load of worlds from all over the world and I don’t need anything eating it up!

Make sure you read the Boracide instructions and warnings. It can kill plants and animals if used or disposed of incorrectly. It should not cause human issues if used properly, but wear proctective gear when applying and even when working with your wood. One can never be too safe with the unknowns.

I wear a mask and/or use a good extraction system when sanding wood.

-- "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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#6 posted 06-22-2013 03:00 PM

THANKS EVERYBODY. i have decided to just burn it. I do not need those kinda headaches. I have some that i cut out the bad parts and will spray that just in case I missed something. Let it sit for awhile inspect it and if I am suspicious spray it again. If that doesn’t make me comfortable then I will burn that stuff too.

-- john111

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