bark beetle problem in eastern white pines


How’s it going? I live in western North Carolina.  I cut down a bunch of big eastern white pines off of my property last winter.  I am currently having them sawed at a local sawmill to use in my house.  Most of them are going to be used as exposed rafters in the ceiling and as floor joists.  The sizes vary from 4″ x 8″ to 6″ x 12″.  There was some sign of bark beetles on some of the trees.  I am concerned with the bark beetles and other bores that might be in the sawn beams.  The beams will be air dryed.  Do I need to worry with any control since all the bark will be off?  What kind of chemicals are available to spray or roll onto the beams to control any problems I might have?  I do have a commercial pesticide license and can buy most any product.  Any advice or help you can give me will be greatly appreciated.  Thanks for your time.  I look forward to hearing back from you.

Good questions J. since rough cut wood will many times conceal all kinds of insects. Bark beetles are usually easy to see but other pests like CARPENTER BEES, CARPENTER ANTS, POWDERPOST BEETLES, BARK BEETLES and even TERMITES can be present. Pine isn’t normally home to Powderpost beetles but there are some other small beetle species which like it so the list of potential problem pests is quite long for White Pine to say the least.  Regardless, it’s easy to miss some activity any one tree may have since so many pests could be attracted to it. For this reason it makes sense to do some preventive treatment prior to the installation. This is especially true when the wood is to be kept large in size and diameter. Many pests will burrow deep into the timber, far beyond where Bark Beetles live, and are difficult to see or identify. Wood which is to be kept larger than 2×4’s can easily conceal significant insect activity.

The good news is that products like BORACARE make safeguarding and protecting large wood possible. And by treating logs ahead of time, one can avoid a lot of hassle before the problem spreads. This unique product works so well because it penetrates wood getting deep down to the heart of the log where chewing and eating larva can do real damage. As explained in our POWDERPOST BEETLE CONTROL ARTICLE, it’s not uncommon for different species of insects to live deep in the wood waiting to emerge when conditions get right. This might not be for years after the installation but during this time they could be doing all kinds of damage and destruction.

To avoid this happening, treat all rough cut lumber with BORACARE. It’s easy to use as our video demonstrates but more importantly, once applied insects and destructive wood fungi won’t stand a chance. Since this lumber is to be used inside, I’m sure one treatment will last at least 5-10 years. This will both safeguard it from future problems and be sure to knock out anything active at the time of the treatment. Once allowed to dry 48-72 hours, all treated lumber can be further processed and installed. True it takes longer to completely cure but you can handle and process the wood earlier if need be. Otherwise letting it sit for several weeks would be find too. The point is getting it installed insect free and well treated would be smart. We deal with so many cases where it’s too late and the homeowner is confronted with some horrific options due to complex construction, the size of the lumber, etc. The bottom line is an ounce of prevention can go a long way here for sure.

Give us a call on our toll free 1-800-877-7290 for further details or to answer any of your questions but the videos we have posted combined with the detailed directions should be enough to get you treating without delay. Since you intend on “air drying” the finished wood, this fits in perfect with what one would do when using this product anyway.


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