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#1 posted 09-19-2017 12:10 PM

What you are seeing is ambrosia beetle damage. They will leave as the wood begins to dry. They are not a problem other than the little holes that they leave. They can only survive in green wood. You are right to worry about other wood borers like powderpost beetles that will infest the dry wood. Spraying with borate will prevent them from infesting the wood.

Timbor and Solubor are 98% disodium octaborate tetrahydate (DOT). It is a boric salt. It is not the same as borax. Borax will probably work, but the DOT is formulated for making the boron more available for controlling the insects. I mix 6 pounds of DOT to 5 gallons of water and spray the boards on ALL sides until the wood is soaked. The wood has to be protected from the rain as DOT is water soluable and the water will wash out the borate.

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

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