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Andrew from Augusta, Ga writes,

Reclaimed Wood with Post Hole Beetle Infestation

I have roughly 200 Sq ft of reclaimed barn wood that I'm trying to use to build some tables, night stands, etc with. It's all 1 inch thick and has signs of a current infestation of post hole beetles. (Fresh powder around new holes). I think boracare would be my best bet because it will penetrate throughout from one side. Should 1 gallon cover this and leave me a good bit left over? Can I just treat from one side? Will it leave any residue or color behind that will not allow me to use the wood for projects? I really want to salvage this wood because it's so hard to find good reclaimed wood. Please let me know if I have any other options as well.


Bora-Care is the best wood treatment product available.  Bora-Care will penetrate through the wood and kill the larvae eating the wood no matter where they are in the wood and will penetrate up to 4 inches with one application so applying to only one side of 1 inch thick wood will be fine.  One gallon should be enough but please refer to the Dimensional Lumber Bulletin.  Bora-Care will dry clear and not leave any visable residue when used as directed.

Answer last updated on: 08/31/2014

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