wood preservatives are all derived from naturally occurring borate minerals.
Boron does not occur in nature in its elemental form, but as oxygen-containing
compounds such as boric acid, or borates such as Borax. The mineral
tincal (Borax) is the most significant source of commercially used borate.
There are major deposits in both the USA and Turkey and other forms
of borate are found in South America, China and Russia. Boron is widely
distributed in plant and animal tissues and is known to be essential
for plant growth. The daily intake for humans varies from 0.5 to 3.1
mg from all natural food and water sources.
TREATMENT QUESTIONS - using 5% B.A.E.
Boron Ultra 12 in water
MANY COATS DO YOU NEED?
spray or brush coats, allowing the first coat to dry before the second
IT STAIN OR LEAVE MARKS ON TIMBER?
No, as long as you do not apply too many coats (it might then leave
white crystals behind on the surface).
Q. CAN YOU
PAINT, STAIN, OR WAX OVER IT?
Yes, as long as
you do not apply too many coats (it might then leave white crystals
behind on the surface, which could prevent your coating from sticking
IT KILL THE WOODWORM STRAIGHT AWAY?
No, it prevents re-infestation by killing any eggs laid onto the surface
or into old holes.
Q. HOW DOES
It is what is called a 'Biostat' - the eggs that are laid on the surface
bore through the treated surface layer of the wood or tunnel and the
Boron Ultra 12 prevents them from feeding, by affecting the enzymes
in the gut. So, it only kills wood borers.
Q. DOES BORON
ULTRA 12 KILL WASPS, FLIES, BEES OR SPIDERS?
No, it will only
kill insects that bore into and eat the wood. So, the flies that Bats
live on are not killed, and this leaves food for the Spiders as well.
Q. WHY ARE
THERE FRESH HOLES APPEARING, EVEN THOUGH I TREATED EVERYTHING MONTHS AGO?
Because of the
life cycle of the common furniture beetle the surface treatment can
only kill the new eggs that are laid - the wood worm grubs live deep
in the wood and cannot be reached with a normal surface treatment.
THE LIFE CYCLE OF THE WOODWORM?
Up to 5 years,
before changing into a beetle and emerging to mate.
Q. HOW LONG
DOES THE BEETLE LIVE - DOES IT EAT?
Up to 3 weeks and
no, it does not eat.
Q. HOW LIKELY
ARE THE WOODWORM EGGS TO INFEST MY FURNITURE OR FLOORS?
Not very likely
- the eggs cannot burrow in through paint, varnish, wax or other finishes.
Q. HOW DO
YOU MIX THE PRODUCTS? WHAT IS THE MIX RATIO?
Some are already
mixed in water and need no dilution. The powder should be mixed with
clean water wearing gloves and a dust mask. Wait for the solution to
become completely clear before use, otherwise it may clog your sprayer.
For a 5% Woodworm Treatment add 1kg of powder to 25 litres of water,
which is the same as 200 grams of powder in 5 litres of water.
Q. CAN YOU
SPRAY OR PAINT IT ON? WHAT DO I WEAR FOR SPRAYING?
A. Yes, either
spray or brush apply to bare wood only - it will not penetrate paint,
varnish, wax or stain. Wear the correct mask for water based sprays,
gloves, a coverall, waterproof boots and a protective hat or hood.
Q. DOES IT
SMELL OR HAVE A COLOUR?
No, it has no odour
and no colour.
Q. HOW LONG
DOES IT TAKE TO DRY?
From 15 minutes
to 45 minutes.
Q. DO I HAVE
TO LEAVE THE HOUSE WHILST IT'S DRYING?
No, but the treated
area must be kept secure for 1 hour, or until the surfaces are all dry,
whichever is the longer, before unprotected people or animals are allowed
Q. HOW LONG
WILL WOODWORM TREATMENT LAST FOR?
If you have used
our Boron based treatment in a dry place then it should last indefinitely
- Boron Ultra 12 does not give off any vapour and does not leave the
wood unless washed out by a long term water leak, although it could
be partially removed by heavy sanding of treated surfaces.
of Insecticide, like Permethrin and Cypermethrin have been shown to
leave the wood over a period of years - little will remain after 6 to
8 years (Treatment Survey results).
Q. HOW LONG
DO I HAVE TO LEAVE IT UNTIL I CAN PUT CARPETS DOWN?
Until all the surfaces
are completely dry. Because there are no solvents in the product the
underlay and carpet are safe
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