Disodium Octaborate Tetrahydrate (Borate)

Borate is an odorless, powdery white compound made of boron and oxygen. The element boron is common in the environment and found in many products you probably use everyday including toothpaste, mouthwash, laundry detergent and cosmetics, to name just a few. In pest control, boron is used as both an insecticide and a fungicide. Its most common pest control use is to protect against and eliminate wood-destroying insects such as termites, carpenter ants, and other wood boring beetles.

 

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Treats and protects wood against termites, carpenter ants, powderpost beetles and wood decay fungi.
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Bora-Care with Mold-Care treats and prevents mold on wood surfaces, in addition to giving the wood protection against wood-destroying insects such as termites and beetles.
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A wood preservative for the protection and treatment of lumber against fungal decay and wood destroying insects.
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A liquid ant bait formulated for sweet and protein feeding ants as well as ants foraging for water.
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An ant gel attractant that mimics honeydew and enhances bait acceptance by a variety of protein feeding ants, sweet feeding ants and roaches.
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InTice Thiquid Ant Bait is a thick, syrup bait that common household ants will find irresistible. The completely odorless InTice Thiquid formula attracts ants fast.
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Excellent high-moisture ant gel for sweet-feeding ants.
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Borate dust provides an inexpensive and flexible means of getting to hard-to-reach areas for insects.
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new super-sweet ant bait formula is odorless, no-drip formula, and widely accepted by ants.
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The effectiveness of Bora-Care in a gel form for sealed or hard-to-reach wood.
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A liquid ant bait for all sweet-eating ants that will kill the queen and colony.
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PoolProof is a hexaborate water harmonizer that maintains a stable pH to reduce chlorine and other chemical loss to save chemical costs and reducing pump time
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A thick syrup bait in a super sweet formula that ants will not be able to resist.
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A gelatin formula ant bait that allows feeding for more household ants at a time and eliminates messes and spills
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A patent pending, rigid gel formulation that effectively kills common household ants.
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A ready-to-use Borate based wood preserver that protects against wood destroying organisms such as Fungi, Termites, Carpenter Ants, and Wood Boring Beetles
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A syrup bait that attracts a wide range of ants, especially rover ants and highly effective in eliminating them and can be used in hard to reach areas.
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An effective ant bait gel that can be used in a residential or commercial area.
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A mineral supplement that will quickly turn plants from yellow to green, and is great for use in lawns, trees, flowers, shrubs, and vegetables.
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A professional ant gel bait insecticide for ants, including Harvester and Pharaoh, in commercial and residential areas.
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A clear solid wood preservative that stops and eliminates fungal organisms from permanently damaging wood surfaces and wood products.
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These borate based solid wood preservatives are specially made to help stop and prevent fungal decay in woods. It comes in 1/2 in. x 2 in. size and is sold by box of 12.

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Borate Mode of Action

Borate in pesticides acts as a stomach poison when ingested by termites, beetles, ants, cockroaches, or silverfish.


Borate as a wood treatment

Diluted borate solutions can be directly applied with a hand held sprayer to the surface of unfinished wood, brushed onto the surface, or injected into infested wood galleries or other pockets exhibiting decay. Any accessible exposed surface may be whether actively infested or merely susceptible to insects or decay fungi.  This includes beams, joists, sills, siding, and decking.


Toxicity

In general, the toxicity of an insecticide containing Disodium Octaborate Tetrahydrate is based on its levels of boron. Boron is typically considered low in toxicity because of its prevalence in our environment and daily ingestion by humans. The risks associated with the use of borate products are related to the potential exposure the application can have. As always, read the product label and follow the instructions which are given for your safety.

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