recycling infested evergreen wood with boring pests

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we have an evergreen that is dead & has been cut down. is there any way to use the old wood? we thought it it would be nice to make something out of it. but it does still have some live activity. we are seeing bore holes & sawdust.  is it worth saving or not? Thanks.

This is entirely up to you. The wood definitely can be purged of all insect activity if that’s what you’re asking. Once rough cut, you could treat it will some BORACARE and let it cure for a few months. If done properly, the boring larvae would surely die and the Boracare should be able to provide protection for several years to come. But the real question is two fold; is the wood damaged so badly that it’s not practical to use and is it even worth the time and effort to make it reusable?

The first consideration is a tough one. Many people like the way insect damaged wood looks. They feel the boring pests help to give the wood a certain character and presence which for some living environments is a desirable feature. But clearly it can get to a point where the damage is so extreme the wood is not able to function structurally. This you can generally ascertain upon the initial processing of the tree. At that time you can tell how badly it’s been infested, how much damage the wood boring pests have done and whether or not what is left of the tree can be used for your project.

The second thing to consider is whether or not the wood is even worth the cost to make it usable. Remember, Boracare will cost as will your time and effort to do the treatment. Again, if there is a lot of wood and it has a certain look you desire, it can be saved. But in the end, only you can make this judgment call. And don’t be afraid to give us a call if you’d like to  discuss this further; our toll free is 1-800-877-7290.

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