How to get rid of wood boring insects

Updated April 17, 2017

Wood boring insects tunnel into wood causing structural and cosmetic damage. Some of the common wood boring insects include different species of termites, beetles and ants. To get rid of these insects use boric acid a natural white powdery substance mined from the Mojave Desert in California. This substance is effective enough to be fatal to wood boring insects when applied on the infected wood.

Put on the gloves. Scoop one tablespoon of boric acid and two tablespoons of sugar into a container, preferably a spray bottle with a top. Add a cup of water and close the lid. Shake it vigorously until you have a uniform solution.

Spray the mixture on a cotton wad and place it in the paths of carpenter ants on and around the wood area. Repeat twice a week to totally get rid of them.

Mix propylene glycol with a cup of boric acid and 443 to 532ml of warm water in a spray bottle.

Tighten the cap of the spray bottle and shake it to have a well formed mixture. Spray on the affected wood to get rid of the wood boring insects such as beetles and termites. Repeat once a week until the insects are gone.


Be sure to wear protective latex or rubber gloves when applying the solution to the wood. Wash your hands properly with soap once finished. Invite an exterminator to come inspect your wood to prevent future infestations.

Things You'll Need

  • Latex or rubber gloves
  • Boric acid
  • Sugar
  • Spray bottle
  • Warm water
  • Cotton ball
  • Propylene glycol
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Tiffany Ameh has been writing articles since 2009. She attended California Baptist University in 2004 and is pursuing her Bachelor of Science in holistic nutrition at El Camino College.