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Discussion in 'General Woodturning Discussion' started by Diver Temple, May 24, 2019.

  1. Diver Temple

    Diver Temple Member Full Member Thread Starter

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    So, if I don't have a kiln and I don't want bugs coming off of the pieces of trees I am collecting, what is the best way to eliminate the tiny ants that seem to be hiding in the wood (not termites). Liberal use of bug and ant spray applied, but I would love to not have to worry about the little things getting into my stock...
    ~Mo
     
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    ripjack13 ɹǝʇɹɐqpooʍ Staff Member Global Moderator Forum Moderator Full Member

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    You can soak em in water in a garbage can for a week or so. Then they'll be soggy, but bug free.
     
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  3. David Hill

    David Hill I collect & use Texas woods---but prefer Mesquite. Full Member

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    The aerosol Ant&roach spray works -- hotshot or raid. Sticks around for a while too==gets the stragglers
     
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    Smaller pieces can be soaked in DNA (Denatured Alcohol). This should kill any bugs, dry the wood quicker and reduce cracking.

    Also, keep a spray bottle of IPA (Isopropyl Alcohol) handy if the ants are on the outside and you don't want to use pesticides.
     
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    I have had great success with putting smaller pieces in the oven at the lowest setting for a few hours. Cooks em dead! Works great on turning stock sized pieces. Dont leave it un attended though in case it starts smoking. I usuly put it in, bring it up to temp for a couple hours and then shut it off but leave it in the oven while it cools. Anything over 130 to 140 degrees will kill bugs, I think the lowest my oven goes is 170.
     
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    Well i’ve said this before and others have been doubtful. BUT. I have built a house with various species of wood. All of it was infested with powder post beetles. I went to Lowes or Tractor Supply or Home Depot and bought quarts of concentrated termite/carpenter ant killer and mixed it in a small pump up sprayer and soaked all 4 sides with spray. It’s been 5 years and not a sign of beetles

    But nobody believes me!
     
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    I believe you Ralph. Us wise men have to stick togeather.:old:
     
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  9. rocky1

    rocky1 Creator of Shavings and Sawdust! Full Member

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    Assuming you are not dealing with large pieces of tree in your shoparage, stuff them in a garbage bag, give it a good shot of ant and roach spray, and tie it shut for a day or two. They'll go away.
     
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    But @rocky1 , where do they go if the bag is tied shut?
     
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    rocky1 Creator of Shavings and Sawdust! Full Member

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    To bug heaven!
     
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    I had a gallon of DA sitting there the whole time, had a couple of smaller chunks that I soaked to be safe. The others are rather large so I soaked em with pesticide after pulling as much bark off as I could. Painted the ends to slow the drying a little, time to wait and see... :popcorn: :thanx2:
     
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    They do fit in a garbage bag. Used it on the bigger chunks. :wink:
     
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    I'll try that one while the wife is out for a girls night...she works from the house and my luck says I'll stink the place up. :pieface:
     
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    It shouldn't smell at all, if it smokes either the heat is to high or you left it in to long. Never leave it unattended!
     
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    Jus don't leave no grub worms in the oven! She might get a tad excited!!
     
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    or, if it starts smoking, put the meat over it.........
     
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