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Brief History of
Boron - for
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for Woodworm and Dry Rot eradication
of Boron, chemically known as Borates, have been mined since the 1800s and have
been used to control insect pests for over 100 years.
was discovered in the USA in the late 1800's and first mined by Francis M 'Borax'
Smith in 1872 as the crystalline material 'tincal', which contains about 50% borate.
and sold throughout the world in vast quantities as Tim-bor Professional, it poses
a low risk to the environment, especially when compared with other current pesticides,
particularly because of its lower toxicity to fish. Now backed by more than 100
years of research and development, it is manufactured in the USA by Rio Tinto
Borax, based in Valencia, California.
the 1940s Borate formulations were being used to protect wood. Because they are
water soluble, Borates diffuse into wood using the wood's own moisture (even 'air
dry' timber has a moisture content of 12-15%) and they protect against woodworm,
Death Watch beetle, House Longhorn beetle, Termites, Carpenter ants and fungi,
including Dry rot.
well over 60 years Borates have been in successful use in Europe, Australia, New
Zealand and the USA. Borates are used in dusting, foaming, spraying, brushing
and pressure treatment applications. Other major uses include: glass production,
detergent preparations, enamel and ceramic glazes.
- Inorganic Borate Compounds
CHEMICAL - TRIPLE ACTION
& MASONRY TREATMENTS
to Boron Use
Borons are fungicidal and insecticidal treatments manufactured from Inorganic
Compounds of the Element Boron. They prevent insect attack and eradicate Dry rot
in timber, being mobile in dry timber. They allow the use of the ZERO CUTBACK
OPTION - no sound timber need be removed beyond the physically damaged zone.
They also provide permanent protection, as the active ingredient does not break
down or evaporate.
50 years of successful use in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the USA. Used
in dusting, foaming, spraying, brushing and pressure treatment applications. Other
major uses include: glass production, detergent preparations, enamel and ceramic
OF BORON PRODUCTS
when applied in its most basic form, as a solution (up to 12.5% active) in water,
Borates penetrate a minimum of 2-3 mm in 'DRY' timber and more, depending on the
moisture content of the timber. In conjunction with Glycols, as gels and pastes
(in concentrations of up to 50%) penetration increases dramatically. These more
expensive products are designed for situations where deep seated decay requires
high below-surface concentration of the active ingredient. This is not required,
or desirable for normal Common furniture beetle spraying.
OF BORON IN WOOD UNDERGROUND
remains inert in the timber, providing protection long enough for Railtrack to
have specified it for Railway Sleeper protection and Scottish and Southern to
have specified Boron rods for the preservation of their electricity transmission
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written by: David
B.A. (Hons.), C.T.I.S., C.R.D.S. Technical Author