powderpost beetles in kingbeam


My wife and I own a wood frame house built in the 1840s in southwest Wisconsin. The basement is a hand dug stone and dirt floor. dark and moist. We recently began the process of digging the floor down to pour a cement floor and discovered that besides mold there is an existing infestation of powderpost beetles in the floor joists, kingbeam and even in the floor boards that were under old linoleum on the first floor. Would you recommend Boracare or Boracare with mold-care as a treatment? And what solution ratio would you recommend?

Once the floor is in we plan to install a dehumidifier.

Since you state there is active mold in the basement, I’d go with the BORACARE MOLDCARE to be sure the problem is addressed completely and thoroughly with one application. If the area was dry and showed no sign of mold, BORACARE by itself would be adequate. But when dealing with active mold, it’s a bit of a gamble because you won’t know for sure if you’re effort to solve the moisture problem will work. I’ve seen it happen many times before where repair work isn’t enough but since it can take a year or more to find out, the wood gets depreciated during this time and for obvious reasons this should be avoided. By going with Moldcare version, you’ll have extra protection in place that can’t hurt.

Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:

Boracare Moldcare:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/liquid/boracare-with-moldcare

Boracare:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/liquid/boracare-gal

Powderpost Beetle Control:  http://www.powderpostbeetles.com/powderpost-beetle-control#crawlspace_treatments

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