Termites in Oak

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  • #20378
    Mexiquite
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    Howdy,
    I just bought 20 pieces of 2″ x 6″ x 10′ Oak that have been sitting in a 10×15 piece bundle in the Texas weather. When I was loading them I did see several termites. Does anybody have any suggestions as to what I should do to get rid of them?

    I’m planning on using some of the pieces to make a Parsons dining room table and a rocking chair.

    Cheers!

    Caleb

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    San Antonio, TX USA

    #20384
    Timothy Corcoran
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    Mix up some boric acid(borax)and water in a spray bottle and spray them down. Do a test area first as it may stain the wood. This is the least harmful to wood and environmentally friendly method I have heard of. Don’t store those near or in your house/or workshop until you are convinced they are all dead. Those deadbeat tenants do nothing but destroy your house and they’re not paying any rent. I personally would not use the boards at all. I would take them to the landfill. Or have a nice fire. Termites are a colonizing insect that can burrow into the soil and destroy every home in their path. They consume cellulose (wood). Oak is a delicacy for them. Worse than cockroaches.

    #20396
    David Gill
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    Wow Celab
    That sounds like expensive firewood, is it not possible to take it back to were you bought it and either exchange it or get your money back

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    #20609
    Mexiquite
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    Just a few boards have termites. Thank you for the advice. If anybody else has info, it might be helpful for others.

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