Formulated with a concern for the environment, Tim-bor Professional is used for the control of carpenter ants, drywood termites, wood decay fungi and wood boring beetles. As water soluable borate powder, Tim-bor diffuses into the wood and acts as a wood insecticide, fungicide and preservative. Tim-bor won't break down over time like most organic compounds, therefore offering longer lasting protection. Best of all, Tim-bor is easy to mix, virutally odorless and has no known resistance.
Tim-bor Professional can be used as a wood preservation, insecticide or fungicide. Pest management professionals can apply it to the wood as a dust, liquid, foam or mist for both interior and exterior use.
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FAQs About TimBor
What is Tim-bor?
Tim-bor is wood preservative that works as an insecticide and fungicide. What is the active ingredient in Tim-bor? The active ingredient in is disodium octaborate tetrahydrate a natural borate compound.
What is a borate compound?
Borate compounds are derived from mineral deposits that contain the element Boron. These compounds are use in the production of many products including ceramics, glass and medicines and also work extremely well as insecticides and fungicides.
Why is Tim-bor considered a insecticide and fungicide?
Insects are exposed to the active ingredient by eating treated wood or by ingestion while grooming. Borates are a contact toxicant to fungi. The borates prevent metablolism of food by insects and fungi causing death.
How is Tim-bor applied?
Tim-bor is applied the surface of bare wood as a liquid. It can also be applied as a dust into void attic and wall void areas for labeled insect control.
How does Tim-bor work as a wood preservative?
When Tim-bor is applied as a liquid to the surface of bare wood it diffuses into the wood to make the wood itself toxic to wood destroying organisms such as wood decay fungus or drywood termites.
Is Tim-bor concentrate a liquid?
Tim-bor comes in a powder form that is used as a powder or mixed with water to form a liquid solution. To create a 10% solution mixone pound of Tim-bor to one gallon of water. This solution must be applied twice to a bare wood surface. To create a 15% solutionmix 1.5 pounds of Tim-bor to one gallon of water. This solution can be applied only once to the wood surface.
Is Tim-bor labeled to treat wood decay fungus?
Tim-bor is labeled for the control and prevention of wood decay fungi including white rot, brown rot, poria and wet rots.
Is Tim-bor labeled for the control of carpenter ants?
Tim-bor is labeled for the control and prevention of carpenter ants by applying Tim-bor dust into active ant galleries and into areas where ants may enter the structure.
What wood destroying organisms is Tim-bor labeled to control?
Tim-bor is labeled for the control and prevention of drywood termites, wood destroying beetles, wood decay fungi, carpenter ants and termites.
Can Tim-bor be foamed?
Tim-bor can be foamed using equipment designed for foaming applications. Foaming requires a 15% solution in conjunction with a foaming agent. A dry foam is recommended for best results.
Does Tim-bor effect ornamental plants?
Yes, overspray on plants or spills near the plant roots can kill or retard plant growth.
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FAQs About the Timbor Treatment
Q?: I understand that holes will be drilled through the stucco to allow the technicians to introduce the TimBor foam into the wall voids. How big are the holes and what happens to them after the treatment?
A: The holes are about 3/8 of an inch in diameter. After the foam is injected into the wall voids our technicians will seal the holes with stucco mix and paint them with paint them with paint that you provide. PLEASE have the paint on site on the day of the treatment. It saves our technicians making extra trips.
Q?: How soon after the treatment will I stop seeing termites?
A: This varies from structure to structure. Since TimBor must be ingested by the termites to control them, it will take some time for all of the termites to ecounter the material. Seeing some activity for several weeks after the treatment does not mean that the treatment has failed. Actually, this is a sign that the termites are feeding on the treated wood and the goal of long term control is well on its way to being achieved! If you still see activity thirty days after your initial treament, please point this out to the termite inspector during your thirty day follow up inspection and it will promptly be treated!
Q?: If the treatment is so effective, why do I need follow up inspections? A: Termites are a part of the environment in California. They are constantly looking for new food sources. Follow up inspections are a crucial part of the TimBor treatment for this very reason. While the wood that is treated with TimBor becomes resistant to termite infestation, follow up inspections are vital in identifying problem areas that may need additional treatment. You will receive a complete annual inspection of the property by a licensed termite inspector as well as a follow up inpsection thirty days after the initial treatment. Please take advantage of this service as there is no additional charge for it and it will help us achieve our goal of long term control.
Q?: What do I have to prepare for a TimBor treatment of my home?
A: In most cases, preparation is minimal. We ask that you move stored items in the garage to the center of the garage so we can access the walls. In attics that are used for storage we ask that you remove these items so we have acces to the attic timbers. Your termite inspector will be happy to discuss any preparation that may be required.
Q?: Can I stay in my house while the treatment is being performed?
A: Yes! TimBor has no odor and is inert, so it does not vaporize. It's toxicity is on the order of that of table salt. People and pets can remain in the structure while it is being treated. The respirators you will see the technicians wearing in your attic are to prevent them breathing the fiberglass insulation. Please see the MSDS for TimBor elsewhere on this site.
Q?: What about the electrical wires in my walls?
A: TimBor will not affect properly insulated wires. In cases where uninsulated connections for telephones or alarms are encounterd you may experience a temporary interruption of service (these instances are extremely rare!). Service will resume when the foam has evaporated, usually in a few hours.
Q?: Will the foam damage drywall or plaster?
A: No! The foam evaporates quickly after it has distributed the active ingredient to the framing. It will not be present long enough to do any damage. A test wall that we built when we were researching this method of treatment has been treated over one hundred times with no damage to the drywall whatsoever!
Q?: Which is better, TimBor or tent fumigation?
A: The answer to this question depends on the desired outcome. If total eradication of all drywood termites at the time of treatment is the desired effect, then tent fumigation is the only way to achieve the desired result. This method offers complete eradication but offers no residual control as the gas used in this method dissipates completely after the tarps are removed. Tent fumigations are typically warrantied for one or two years.
If long term control in the desired outcome, then the TimBor treatment is a sensible alternative. Not only does TimBor control existing infestations of drywood termites, it also makes the wood resistant to new infestations. This fact coupled with the intensive follow up service we provide makes the TimBor treatment a truly long term control program.
Stock Exterminators is so confident in our service that we offer a five-year warranty on our TimBor treatment. As far as we know, we are the only pest control company to do so!