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Monte Pittman

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I have never had to deal with termites. But I have a customer that wants to ship some of my items to an area that does have them. Is there a way to treat the items to protect them?

Thanks for reading.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#1 posted 191 days ago

I wouldn’t be too concerned about it Monte. Termite colonies cant survive without access to ground moisture and a queen underground. They love the soft pine which you use but I think it would be highly unlikely that they’ll find a piece of furniture unless it’s sitting on the ground.

-- J.C.Sellers

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#2 posted 191 days ago

Being from termite country, I second what Jim had to say.

-- 1st Cor. 15:1-4

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#3 posted 191 days ago

Are you sure she is not talking about drywood termites. Dry wood termites colonies are only in the wood itself and do not have to go back to the ground for moisture. Subterranean termites have to go to the ground for moisture. The treatment for drywood termites is when you see the tents on the house but does not leave any residual chemical to keep them away. Some of the large companies have a vault that they can treat individual pieces of furniture but again no residual. Hope this helps.

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#4 posted 191 days ago

If its inside the house, I would not worry about it at all. If it is outside, I would highly recommend going to a farm supply company that deals with chemicals, and pick up a bottle of TEMPO. Its made from a flower that bugs hate, and is all natural and is perfectly safe for folks. A good spray and it will be fine.

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#5 posted 191 days ago

Don’t worry about it Monte. I used to be a licensed pesticide applicator while working for a termite control company. There is no chemical that will repel termites. They will even eat pressure treated wood with no ill effects. Unless the furniture is outdoors and in constant ground contact, you have no worries. Even then you would probably have wood rot long before you would ever have termite damage. If they’re indoors and get infested with dry wood termites, the homeowners have a much larger problem than some damaged furniture.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#6 posted 191 days ago

This thread after 2 hours and 5 replies is why lumberjocks is fantastic.

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#7 posted 191 days ago

Monte, your biggest worry would be the beetles in all of your beetle kill pine. Not termites

-- J.C.Sellers

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#8 posted 191 days ago

i didnt know the beatles had killed the pine, i thought they were from england and drank tea…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#9 posted 191 days ago

There are these buggers called subterranean termites that you normally see in the Spring and summer. They are not termites that live in the ground that require moisture to survive. Rather, they have wings and fly to fresh new wood and build their colonies using window sills and whatever that is not treated to ward them off. Normally once they fly to their destination, they shed off their wings and start chewing on the wood they have landed on to create their colony. If you have a feed store nearby, they have this nasty highly stinking stuff called horse … something. It comes in a tin can and every time democrats are in control, it is banned, republicans show up and it resurfaces for something else than what it originally was used for. About $70 a can; I think it is called kreasote. Mix it with water and spray around the house, infested wood and so on, and the bugs simply disappear. It is the same products used to treat railroad ties to prevent termite damage and it stink like a railroad track as well. If diluted properly with water, it can kill the bugs in wood without permanently stinking to high heavens.


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#10 posted 191 days ago

Swarming termites are actually just reproducing subterranean termites. They need to enter moist earth once they lose their wings. They only go to places like windowsills because they are attracted to light and are trying to find a way outside. Subterranean termites don’t actually live in the wood they infest. They must return to the soil and the nest to bring food to the other termites. Only dry wood termites actually live in the wood they have infested.

Creosote is also just a wood preservative made from tar and has no effect on termites.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#11 posted 190 days ago

Timbor and Bora-care are two products made from boric acid which may be applied to unfinished wood for protection from wood destroying insects and fungi. I have never attempted to use either on furniture.

-- "Measure twice, cut once, count fingers"

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#12 posted 190 days ago

Thanks for the education tefinn. I use this once a year and bugs disappear.


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#13 posted 190 days ago

Hmmm, ... let’s think about this, Lady wants to buy a new dresser for her guest room … You ship it to her and the termites all gather in her basement and come up with a plan of attack … “Ok, here is the deal, first we will build this mud tube up the wall so that daylight wont contact us or we will die. Then Roger, your crew will chew a hole through the sub floor, then Bill will move his troops in to handle the underlayment and then Fred’s group will work on that laminate flooring, James’ will be backup here as we will have heavy losses.
Now men, this is a real daunting task, but the rewards are some rare South Dakota beetle kill Pine, some of our favorite food.

Well for my two cents worth, I would be more concerned with transporting Powder Post Beetles but the eggs are more commonly found in hardwoods, but they do live in softwoods.

Like said before, unless this customer will have ground soil contact, there is little concern.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#14 posted 190 days ago

lol @ grumpy mike.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#15 posted 190 days ago

“drank tea”!
That was while they were smoking Wacky Weed.
I agree with others- indoors should be OK. Unless it is going to the Amazon River basin.

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