Timbor should only be applied for eradicating fungus off of wood and for protecting new wood from future infestation. If you are treating any wood with an existing infestation, you should always use Bora-Care. Bora-Care will penetrate through an entire piece of wood much deeper and ensure proper control, and it will protect the wood you are treating forever.
Timbor is an insecticide, fungicide and wood preservative for the protection and treatment of lumber against fungal decay and wood destroying insects. Timbor is a water soluble, inorganic borate salt with insecticidal and fungicidal properties. It is an effective treatment for wood to kill and prevent infestations of decay fungi including white rot, brown rot (i.e. Poria) and wet rots. Timbor does not treat mold or prevent mold from growing.
|Active Ingredient:||Disodium Octaborate Tetrahydrate|
|Target pests:||Wood destroying organisms including: Termites, Beetles, Carpenter Ants|
|For use in:||Interior and exterior as an insecticide, fungicide, or wood preservative. Use on untreated wood. 25# Timbor includes a scoop for easy measuring|
|Application:||Can be used as a foam, liquid, or dust. If you already have a powderpost beetle infestion, BoraCare is the preferred product, especially for furniture, because it absorbs further into the wood to take care of the infestation. Timbor only absorbs 1/4 of an inch.|
|Yield:||1.5 pounds of Timbor will treat up to 200 sq. ft of untreated wood. Use as a dust against several insects. Refer to product label for complete details and instructions.|
|NOT FOR SALE TO:||NY, CT|
|Manufactured By:||Nisus (UPC: 616609111537)|
Timbor can be used as a Dust, Liquid, or Foam. It is water soluble, economical, odorless and can be used in conjnction with fumigation for residual protection. It is formulated with a concern for the environment.
Timbor is only absorbed 1/4 inch into the wood and leaves a white powdery coating. If you are treating thick wood or want it to look like its original state, then purchase the BoraCare product.
What is Timbor?
Timbor is a wood preservative that works as an insecticide and fungicide.
What is the active ingredient in Timbor?
The active ingredient in Timbor 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 Timbor considered an 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 metabolism of food by insects and fungi causing death.
How is Timbor applied?
Timbor is applied to 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 Timbor work as a wood preservative?
When Timbor 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 Timbor concentrate a liquid?
Timbor 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 mix one pound of Timbor to one gallon of water. This solution must be applied twice to a bare wood surface. To create a 15% solution, mix 1.5 pounds of Timbor to one gallon of water. This solution can be applied only once to the wood surface.
Is Timbor labeled to treat wood decay fungus?
Timbor is labeled for the control and prevention of wood decay fungi including white rot, brown rot, poria and wet rots.
Is Timbor labeled for the control of carpenter ants?
Timbor is labeled for the control and prevention of carpenter ants by applying Timbor dust into active ant galleries and into areas where ants may enter the structure.
What wood destroying organisms is Timbor labeled to control?
Timbor is labeled for the control and prevention of drywood termites, wood destroying beetles, wood decay fungi, carpenter ants and termites.
Can Timbor be foamed?
Timbor 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 Timbor affect ornamental plants?
Yes, over spray on plants or spills near the plant roots can kill or retard plant growth.
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21 of 21 people found this review helpful:
Timbor DIY vs Commercial
By Jeff on May 28, 2011
A national chain quoted me $2,900 to spray the trusses of my new home under construction. I paid about $65 for the Timbor and spent about 4 hours spraying. Absolutely worth it!
19 of 22 people found this review helpful:
Small quantities not available
By Laura on April 23, 2010
Product was easily mixed. Would have preferred directions for mixing smaller quantities on package. Might use BoraCare next time for effectiveness but small quantities of that were not available and it was costly.
17 of 18 people found this review helpful:
By Tim on October 18, 2010
The price at DoMyOwnPestControl was better than I could find elsewhere and their support was great. This stuff (borate minerals) has been around a million years and is known to make wood toxic most insects including drywood termites, carpenter ants, ants and wood destroying fungi. It works by dehydrating them. It doesn't kill subterrainian termites, but those are easier to find by inspection (mud tubes). It is as advertised and, applied properly will work. I had drywood termites and ants crawling all over the structure before treating the outside with this stuff and now they are all dead, gone and discouraged. I've covered up the outside wood (siding, shingles, etc.) and so long as the cover remains intact, this stuff will continue to do its job.
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By Russ on March 14, 2011
Easy to use, included measuring cup, just added to water in a separate 5 gallon pail and agitated with a drill and paint mixer, pour into pump up sprayer and saturated walls of older garage. I sprayed twice waiting about 30 minutes between application, for good penetration, had it been spring or summer I might have made several wet on wet applications as the wood was old and dry. I purchased the 25 pound pail and have several more structures to treat. My (former thanks to DMOPC) pest control person said that Timbor was a great low cost addition to a complete termite treatment. I also note that Timbor is especially good at repelling carpenter ants, and fungus which I believe is the cause of dry rot. Thanks DMOPC
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By Cathy on June 15, 2010
The Timbor powder was easy to mix and use & DoMyOwnPestControl made it simple to order.
The ONLY Anti-Fungal Product We Use!
By Laura on December 30, 2014
We have been using Timbor for over 15 years and it is the best product we have found in our 20 years of business. We use it on joists in basements and crawlspaces to prevent fungus/mold from regrowing when we install our systems. It has a proven track record and we will never use any other product as long as Timbor is available to us!
By Terry on December 11, 2014
My Grandson and I built a log cabin. We wanted to protect it against wood boring insects. Timbor was recommended. We sprayed the wood with Timbor and saw no sign of wood boring insects. We bought the large pail of Timbor, and since the cabin was all wood, we sprayed the sills, joysts, floor, top and underneath. We sprayed the log walls, inside and out, also the rafters and lathe. We enjoyed the cabin for a couple of years, but unfortunately, it recently burned from a fire started by an unattended wood heater. We are in the process of building another log cabin in the same spot. One thing for sure, we will not be careless with the fire. Also, we plan on protecting the cabin from wood eating pests by spraying it with Timbor. Sincerely, Terry McGraw
By Mark on November 14, 2014
I purchased Timbor insecticide, and it was promptly shipped and received. I used the product and was able to complete my interior project with confidence.
By Wayne on November 13, 2014
Performed as expected. The powder easily disolved in water and worked well with a standard sprayer; although over time it tended to clog up the sprayer controls. I had to take the sprayer apart and clean the "workings". The spray seemed to absorb well into the logs; it is still too early to tell how effective it will be in controling insect infestations. The 25lb bucket comes with a 1/2 lb measuring scoop which is helpful if you don't have a weighing scale handy. One minor annoyance is that the sealed lid on the plastic bucket is rather difficult to remove from the bucket. It is the same with all similarly designed buckets and lids--it requires some considerable effort.
By Mark on September 13, 2014
Love the product but for free 5 day shipping it took 10 days.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful:
Fast delivery and easy to use.
By Harvey on July 3, 2014
First, the delivery was super fast. My order arrived before I expected it. The product was easy to mix. I used warm (sun heated) water from a rain barrel. Fully mixed the powder 1/3 at a time using a paint mixer on my cordless drill. This seemed to be faster than adding all the powder at once and trying to disolve it in the water. The instructions indicate reserving part of the water until the powder is disolved. This worked well to finish the solution. There is a measuring scoop included. It measures 1/2 pound of product. So 15% solution in 1 gallon of water is 3 scoops. I used a chemical backpack sprayer that has a diaphram pump instead of a piston. Using a fan spray nozzle, the application went fairly quick. Time will tell if the product prevents the insects. I sprayed the entire wood frame of my house under construction. Stud walls, sheeting, trusses, floor joists. I plan to spray the wood siding before it goes up as well.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful:
Great Product and Service
By Don on June 15, 2014
Shipping was fast, but I received the wrong size. Customer service was great. They fixed the problem fast and shipped out the correct item as quickly as possible. I definitely would order again from DoMyOwnPestControl. They have integrity and good customer service. Thank You!
Timbor: Highly Recommended
By Tom on April 12, 2014
This product was highly recommended to me by a very credentialed pest control expert I called in for a second opinion on a termite report. He saved me a lot of money and charged nothing
Money and Time Saver
By Mike on April 10, 2014
I use this when ever I see black mold on wood when I'm repairing things on houses, if the wood is structurly sound, then I just treat it by mixing with water and spraying, then leave it in place, old school way was to remove ALL wood that had mold on it for fear of dry-rot, this product takes care of that problem. I have also used it as an insecticide in powder form by dusting affected areas, and as a permiter treatment on buildings for carpenter ants.
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By Danny on February 28, 2014
Time will tell as to effectiveness but the product mixes well and application is a breeze. However, DO NOT FREEZE! Being a salt, this product will solidify in cold temperatures, so use it soon after mixing. Do not let it rest in an unheated environment. If it solidifies you will have a BIG mess cleaning your sprayer.
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September 16, 2009 Aj asked:
QHow long does a Timbor treatment last? How often would a crawlspace need to be treated?
AThe manufacturer states that Timbor will last for the life of the wood as long as the wood is not exposed to rain or flooding. It will stay in the wood forever because of how it bonds to the cells of the wood.
December 14, 2009 Mike asked:
QCan exterior house paint be applied over Timbor-treated wood?
Will a primer paint, such as Kilz, perform normally when applied to Timbor treated wood?
AAny primer or paint can safely be applied to Timbor treated wood as long as Timbor is completely dry after treatment and dry to the touch. There should be no issues once it is completely dried.
September 13, 2010 Carol asked:
QRecommended termite treatment(s)?
I have an 80 year old wood frame house set on piers over bare earth. I have had problems with drywood termites between the finish floor, subfloor and around the window frames. I have had the house tented twice. I would like to treat the house myself to get rid of any current activity and prevent against future activity. What products would you recommend? I have Timbor that I bought from you years ago, but I am wondering if I should plan on a more aggressive attack with another product?
ATimbor is a great product, but it does not penetrate or last as long as another product made by the same company called Bora-Care. Bora-Care is the best wood treatment product available because it penetrates all the way through a piece of wood where Timbor will only penetrate the outer coating. If you have older wood then you should always use Bora-Care. Bora-Care will also stay in the wood forever, preventing any new infestations for years to come.
August 13, 2009 Donna asked:
QWould I be able to spray Timbor on the wood myself or should I have a professional do the work?
The mold is under my house in the crawlspace. Is this a toxic chemical that would cause harm to pets if coming up through the floors or backyard wildlife?
ATimbor is not harmful to pets or wildlife. In fact, this product and other wood treatment products like it are made from Borate, a natural occuring element in the earth. However, this product will not kill mold, only wood destroying organisms like termites or beetles, and fungus. Mold on wood can be treated with a product called Boracare with Moldcare. You can apply this product yourself. It s very important to read and follow the product label.
October 12, 2009 J.r. asked:
QHow often would I have to replenish the surface if I used Timbor on a log home?
The surface will be stained with a Behr siding product for sealing/staining purposes.
A Timbor is more typically used on wood that will not be exposed to weathering and the outside. You would need to re-apply the Timbor each time you re-sealed the wood with the Behr product. The same company that makes Timbor makes a product called Bora-Care. It is more expensive, but it is a liquid solution instead of a powder. The Bora-Care will penetrate deeper in the wood, and protect the wood indefinitely so you would not have to re apply the product ever again. Also, Bora-Care dries clear and is easier to paint or stain over whereas the Timbor leaves a white powder on the surface and is more difficult to paint or stain.
Timbor is more typically used on wood that will not be exposed to weathering and the outside. You would need to re-apply the Timbor each time you re-sealed the wood with the Behr product. The same company that makes Timbor makes a product called Bora-Care. It is more expensive, but it is a liquid solution instead of a powder. The Bora-Care will penetrate deeper in the wood, and protect the wood indefinitely so you would not have to re apply the product ever again. Also, Bora-Care dries clear and is easier to paint or stain over whereas the Timbor leaves a white powder on the surface and is more difficult to paint or stain.
December 3, 2014
Regina from Pittsboro, Nc asked:
QWill Timbor work if sprayed on gravel before concrete is poured for a slab-on-grade floor?
There will be EPS foam insulation placed over the gravel then 6 mil poly sheathing, then the concrete pour. Or would it be better to spray the bottom side of the foam instead of the gravel?
A Is this for general insect control? We have a few more questions to accuractly answer your questions. Please call us at 866-581-7378 so that we can better assist you.
November 13, 2014
Randy from Ottawa, Il. asked:
QCan I use Timbor on firewood that will be burned in the house
A No, you would not want to burn any wood that has been treated with Timbor or any other insecticide. The manufacturers do not recommend this. Any insecticide should not be breathed in, and when burned these toxins can become airborne. It would be suggested to not burn the wood.
October 31, 2014
Bill from New Hampton Ny asked:
QI am in NY state-can't buy Timbor -what major chain stores sell it if I buy it in a different state
Currently, the State of New York restricts shipment of all termiticides, such as Timbor, to your state so it would not be available to homeowners at local stores and we are not aware of what stores in other states would carry. We do offer free shipping to anywhere in the continental US so would be able to ship to another state for you.
October 31, 2014
Bill from New Hampton Ny asked:
QHow many feet 6 in wide does 1lb of Timbor cover?
A 1.5 pounds of Timbor will treat up to 200 sq. ft of untreated wood
August 1, 2014
Ray from Aurora asked:
I want to use the timbor on a 130 yr old barn beam that I will convert to a mantle. I plan on spraying it with timbor, letting it dry, sanding lightly, then sealing it with Tung oil. Is the Timbor safe to have in a home? The mantle will be over a working fireplace. Is heat a problem?
Yes, Timbor is meant to be used on indoor areas that will not be exposed to the elements. Timbor should only be applied for eradicating fungus off of wood and for protecting new wood from future infestation. Heat should not be a problem once the product is dried and sealed within the wood. Be aware that Timbor does only absorb 1/4 of an inch into the wood. If you are looking for something to penetrate the wood and last for the lifetime of the wood, we would recommend Boracare. Please let us know if you have any additional questions.
July 31, 2014
Sharon from Goodrich Tx asked:
QTimBor & Boracare Use?: I have termites in a brand new build, near French doors.
I intend to use Boracare on first 2 feet, but exterminator told me that termites would walk right over it and go to untreated wood. Do I need to use Boracare on ALL wood, or can I use Boracare on first 2 feet and Timbor on the rest?
July 28, 2014
Jessica from St. Louis, Mo asked:
QShould all parts of a new construction home be treated with Timbor? (Sheathing, trusses, studs, etc.)
What percent solution is recommended for a new construction?
A We would recommend treating all wood components of a new construction. The better the coverage, the better the results. To create a 10% solution mix one pound of Timbor to one gallon of water. This solution must be applied twice to a bare wood surface. To create a 15% solution, mix 1.5 pounds of Timbor to one gallon of water. This solution can be applied only once to the wood surface.
June 23, 2014
Jim from Rio Grande Nj asked:
QCan Timbor be applied using a spray mister to a crawl space with limited access?
Timbor cannot be applied using a spray mister or fogger, it would clog it. We would recommend applying using a paint brush or pump sprayer.
May 22, 2014
Sb from Oakland, Ca asked:
Q2 Questions: Disposal & Reuse Timbor
What is the proper way to dispose of any remaining liquid or powder? Is there any issue in reusing a garden sprayer I have for other uses AFTER I have used it to spray Timbor? Thanks!
A Disposal of Timbor per label: Wastes resulting from the use of this product may be disposed of on site or at an approved waste disposal facility. Please contact your local sanitation dept. We do not recommend using the same sprayer for gardening.
February 23, 2014
Patrick from United States asked:
QIs Timbor harmful to to copper plumbing or romex wiring
When treating a craw space, to I have to be careful to remove all residue from exposed plumbing and wiring?
A Timbor is not known to be corrosive to plumbing or water of any kind.