Has anyone ever heard of this before. I was cutting up some of my cedar last night and found termites. I thought that bugs didn't like this stuff. But it looks like I might have to fumigate my cedar pile. Can anyone recommend a good insecticide. That is my only option as I have about 1 trees work of this wood.
It's rare, but I've seen termite trails in cedar fence posts. But just in the white parts. The red parts seem impervious. I see that you are in Georgia. You may be far enough south that you've got Formosan termites. Those nasty critters will eat just about anything including cypress, cedar, and locust. Catch a couple of the little buggers and take 'em to your county extension agent or the entymology department at a nearby college. If you have Formosans, you need to get ahead of the curve. They are aggressive and unbelievably hard to control.
thanks Chris I will catch some and find out what kind I have. Yes they were in the red part. I am still suprised. I cut a little more of the wood last night but didn't run into any more. Although I did move one of the logs from the pile to cut on it and they were in the ground under the log. evidently they just hadn't made it into the log yet. I am going to get real agressize over the long holiday weekend and cut all the wood in my pile. Lots of Cedar and oak and throw away the infested wood and then spray to try and kill the buggers to keep them out of my workshop.
The most important thing to do is to keep the wood out of contact with the ground. Common termites have to return to the ground every few hours. Formosan termites are another story. Placing the wood on concrete blocks or such to keep it off the ground will help. If your wood is already infested, you can consider tenting it with poly sheeting and fumigating it with any of the commercially available sprays. If the sun is still intense in your part of Georgia, you can raise the wood off the ground, let it air dry for several days, then cover tightly with a tent of black poly sheeting. It will get hotter than the hinges of hell under that black sheeting. Kills the little critters with heat and dehydration.
thanks Chris. I bought some termite killer today so I am going to get into the stacks and see what exactly has to be done this evening and spot treat as I go. I am then going to work out a more permenant solution.
I got Spectracide Termite and Carpenter Ant Concentrate from Home Depot. I will let you know how it works after I try today. It claims to kill on contact and to continue for weeks. It is mixed with water and then sprayed. I doubt that it will last outside for weeks though because I imagine it will get washed away but I expect it to do a pretty good job at killing them. Per the label it is supposed to kill termites, carpenter ants, carpenter beetles, wood boring beetles and other listed insects. Although it doesn't list any other insects that I can find it seems that if it works well it should take care of all of my problem insects.
Er, Stacey, don't forget you're going to be turning (heh, heh) a significant amount of this wood into dust that will go into lungs, eyes, skin, etc. I know these pesticides are designed to not be toxic for us land apes but the guys who spray it for a living wear masks for a reason. Can't imagine it would be good for us.
Some suggestions include the heat tent described, bagging and putting car exhaust in, bagging with a chunk of dry ice to give the little buggers CO2 poisoning, freezing, boiling, etc might be a bit less toxic.