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  • Question of the Week

    June 18, 2018
    Today's Question comes from Dave,

    I'm looking for a product I can spray apply to my 10 year old log home to prevent bugs ?  I keep the exterior logs in great condition using Sascho stain and Cascasde clear every other year.  Do you offer a product like this or know of something I can purchase without going to a pesticide contractor ?

    I would suggest 3 things, first borate and there is no need to buy a large pail as your logs are already stained.  Go to your local grocery store and get a box of Borax and mix 1 cup of Borax with 1 Gallon of water.  I would mix it with hot water Borax is a course grind and dissolves better with hot water.  Now put this mix into a spray bottle and spray it (stream setting) into areas where you see bugs going into the logs.  DO NOT spray it all over your stain as it will only crystallize on the surface and make a mess.  


    The second thing you can do with the borate is mix up bate, however keep this away from Pets.  Mix a small amount of Borax 1/4 tea spoon or less with 2-3 Tablespoons of mint jelly, (Jam works too) mix it up well and put it in a small container.  Place the container in locations where you see a lot of ants/pests in the house BUT REMEMBER KEEP IT AWAY FROM ANY PETS.  Raid ant baits are very similar and contained if you don't want to mix your own or you have pets.


    Okay the third thing you can do and this one is easy go to your local hardware store and look for ORTHO Home Defense MAX in the pest control isle.  Usually in the seasonal isle at Lowes near there Garden Center.  The 5 liter bottle comes with a sprayer and all ready to go. Take the Ortho and spray around the foundation at ground level.  You will need to do this a few times a year.  Once a month or after a heavy rain.


    I hope that these tips help and good luck with the Bugs