Borax for Termites in Wood?
ianst at qdpii.ind.dpi.qld.gov.au
Sat Nov 6 06:45:30 EST 1993
ewartd at emu.insted.unimelb.edu.au writes:
>In article <1993Oct30.215203.1 at dhvx20.csudh.edu>, mgonzalez at dhvx20.csudh.edu writes:
>> Does anyone know how and if I could make an insecticide for
>> termite infested wood with a water solution using orthoboric acid
>> borax is quite harmless, we sometimess use the powder for
>> other insects and I was also wondering if breathing any of
>> that pow[d]er could do harm.
Borax used to be available from pharmacists in small packets here.
It was commonly used as an eye rinse (suitably diluted of course :-);
but I gather it has been withdrawn from sale nowdays. Seems some women
were using it as baby powder or similar, with very unhappy results.
So, you can't buy it in 500 g packets now - you can only buy it in
50 kg bags from your friendly fertiliser dealer! (Presumably, silly
mothers don't buy fertiliser :)
>I'm not sure what this has to do with agroforestry :-) perhaps because boron
Yes, it is. But it is also essential. It is a very common deficiency
in soils in this district. The trick is to get the application rates
Cheers, Ian S.
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