Thank you for putting so much information on the internet.I am a furniture maker that has been buying wood from a local sawmill and have been very pleased. I am now working with the natural edge of the wood to make some awesome pieces. The problem is the powder post beetle larva has been showing up in a few finished piece. Is it advisable to spray my raw wood to kill this? Or will it turn the wood colors? How toxic is it for humans? I would certainly appreciate your advise.
There is no risk to people, the wood or the local environment if you were to treat it with the Boracare we have listed in our article. When mixed and applied properly, there is no odor and once left to cure (46-72 hours) the wood will keep it’s look prior to the treatment. Using BORACARE will not affect this wood whether used for molding, furniture or firewood. It uses Boron for the active ingredient and these products are both safe and yet effective for certain pests like powder post beetle larvae.
If you wish to protect your future creations, I suggest treating most any wood you intend on using for furniture. Nothing can be more humiliating then to have emerging beetle larvae coming from a finished piece which took endless hours to create. Don’t risk this happening; treat the wood beforehand – especially any good quality costly hardwood stock – to insure it will remain intact for many years to come.
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Furniture treatments: http://www.powderpostbeetles.com/powderpost-beetle-control