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At a Glance

Tim-bor Professional protects your log home from invasions of carpenter ants, drywood termites, wood decay fungi and wood boring beetles.

  • Water-soluble borate powder that is applied by your Pest Management Professional as a dust, liquid or foam
  • Prevents and controls drywood termites, wood decay fungi, carpenter ants, old house borers and powderpost beetles.
  • Won’t discolor or stain wood surfaces
  • Won’t corrode screws, nails and other components used in construction
  • Virtually odorless
  • Can be used indoors and outdoors
  • Manufactured with a concern for the environment

A Closer Look

Tim-bor Professional is a fast and efficient way to treat a structure for target pests. It can be used as a wood preservative, fungicide and insecticide on its own or in conjunction with other treatments as a supplement. Because of its application flexibility as a dust or liquid, your Pest Management Professional can apply it as a dust, spray, foam or mist onto wood and cellulose building materials or inside wall voids, cracks and crevices.

The active ingredient in Tim-bor Professional is a natural borate mineral salt with a low mammalian toxicity and has no known resistance.

How it Works

Tim-bor Professional’s active ingredient is Disodium Octaborate Tetrahydrate (DOT), a natural borate mineral salt and micronutrient. It is manufactured for use in the form of a water-soluble borate powder. Once it’s applied in a liquid form by foaming, misting or spraying onto wood or other cellulosic materials, the borate active ingredient creates a protective envelope and remains for years of protection. Often Tim-bor Professional is dusted into places like wall voids where pests like to hide as an additional protection. When the dust gets on the insects, they clean themselves and consume the boron during the cleaning process.

The Science Behind Tim-Bor Professional

DOT is a natural form of elemental boron, which is essential for the healthy growth of plants and believed important in human calcium metabolism. Because animals and humans simply take what they need from their diet and rapidly excrete any excess via the kidneys, DOT has a low acute toxicity. As a result, Tim-bor Professional is about half as toxic as sodium chloride or table salt (in a laboratory setting), but very effective against insects and fungi that do not have the same excretion mechanisms.

DOT maximizes the solubility, the rate of dissolution and the boric oxide content to give a borate active ingredient far superior to traditional boric acid or borax. At the levels used in Tim-bor Professional applications, it prevents pest infestation by inhibiting pest metabolism on a cellular basis. The tetrahydroxyborate anion forms a chelate complex with the cis-adjacent hydroxyl groups in the ribose sugar of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD), with the cationic nitrogen of the nicotinamide moiety providing electrostatic stabilization of the chelate. In this configuration, NAD and NADP cannot be used by the dehydrogenase enzymes of glycolysis, the pentose phosphate pathway or the tricarboxylic acid pathway, and so the cellular energy generating mechanisms, including adenosine triphosphate production, are shut down.

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