Pac-West Termite Control | Santa Barbara, CA and Tri Counties.

Termites can destroy your home!

Termites have been around a long time; they know the ropes. They enter through small openings in wood and literally eat you out of house and home. They cause well over a billion dollars damage annually in the U.S. and that's more than all the fires, floods and tornados combined. But termites do their devastating damage quietly and that's what makes them so destructive in your home. Drywood termites are particularly destructive and the age of your home doesn't matter to them. Old or new, these hidden destroyers can attack without you being aware of it.


First you have to find them! - Identification!

Ant or termite? Winged termites are usually but not always, smaller: about ¼? in length. They appear to have two body segments, straight antennae, and two pairs of equally long wings. Ants have three body segments with a narrow waist, elbowed antennae and a longer pair of front wings.

Expertise in locating and identifying termite infestation is critical. We have that expertise?guaranteed!



In the past if you wanted to eliminate drywood termites, you needed to use deadly gases and a large bag over your home to insure elimination. Now modern technology has solved that problem using MicroWave Technology. Extensive field experimentation over three years has perfected this devise today. Years ago scientists found microwaves would control pests in stored grain. That's because different materials absorb microwave energy at different rates. Some materials absorb, some are transparent and some reflect depending on what they're made of. The same principles apply today in controlling termites. Why did they wait so long? It was always cheaper to throw a little chemical into the storage bins rather than use a clean, safe and effective method like microwaves.


How it works!

All matter is made up of atoms and molecules. Some of these molecules are electrically neutral, that is they have no electrical charge. Microwave energy will pass through electrically neutral compounds as if they weren't present. This is called transmission. Among these neutral materials are glass, paper, china and some plastics. Most materials are not neutral and so the molecules attempt to line up with an electrical field. If this electrical field is changing millions of times each second, the molecules are un- able to keep up due to friction with each other. The energy of the micro- waves is thereby converted to heat. The heating rate of materials exposed to microwave fields increases with field intensity and with frequency. Heating rates are higher when moisture contents are greater; thus, insects such as termites heat at a faster rate than wood.


Need Proof!

Want proof? You can do this one at home. Find a small wooden box, like those cedar boxes mom used to keep on her dresser. Now throw a bit of protein or fat inside. A piece of bacon will do just fine. Now put the box with bacon inside your microwave oven for about a minute and a half at full power. What happens? The bacon cooks while the wooden box only gets warm! The wood in the box is like the wood in your walls and the bacon is like the termites that are mostly fats and proteins. The termites cook, while the walls are just fine.


How you save time and hassles

Benefit Microwave Fumigation Heat Method
Remove or bag food No Yes Yes
Vacate 3 to 5 days No Yes No
Roof Release (Tile) No Yes Yes
Remove all Plants No Yes Yes
Lethal gases No Yes No
Remove Oil Paintings No No Yes
Inconvenience No Yes Yes


What our customers say?

"Enthusiastic professionalism and customer assistance. Also most important ? No property damage. Keep up the good work!" Ken S., Thousand Oaks, Ca.

"It's a dream come true." Margaret C. Long Beach.

"On time, courteous, good overall Satisfaction." Mr. S. Tujunga.

"No mess or odor" J. Orville, La Crescenta.

"Didn't have to move tenants out!" Culver West.

"People were knowledgeable and took time to answer questions." Rob, W. L.A.

"On time, explained procedure, friendly." O'Connell, Valencia.



Timbor Insecticide and Fungicide Product Details:

Active Ingredient: Disodium Octaborate Tetrahydrate - 98%

Timbor (Tim-bor) is a wood preservative for the protection and treatment of lumber against fungal decay and wood destroying insects. Timbor is a water soluble, inorganic borate salt with insecticidal and fungicidal properties. It is an effective treatment for wood to kill and prevent infestations of decay fungi including white rot, brown rot (i.e. Poria) and wet rots. Timbor is also effective for the prevention and control of wood destroying insects such as Subterranean Termites, Drywood Termites, Dampwood Termites, Powderpost Beetles, ”°False”± Powderpost Beetles, Deathwatch and Furniture Beetles, Old House Borers, Carpenter Ants, and Bark and Timber Beetles.

Timbor is best applied to wood with a 1 gallon sprayer.

What is Timbor?
Tim-bor is wood preservative that works as an insecticide and fungicide.

What is the active ingredient in Timbor?
The active ingredient in is disodium octaborate tetrahydrate a natural borate compound.

What is a borate compound?
Borate compounds are derived from mineral deposits that contain the element Boron. These compounds are use in the production of many products including ceramics, glass and medicines and also work extremely well as insecticides and fungicides.

Why is Timbor considered a insecticide and fungicide?
Insects are exposed to the active ingredient by eating treated wood or by ingestion while grooming. Borates are a contact toxicant to fungi. The borates prevent metablolism of food by insects and fungi causing death.

How is Timbor applied?
Timbor is applied the surface of bare wood as a liquid. It can also be applied as a dust into void attic and wall void areas for labeled insect control.

How does Timbor work as a wood preservative?
When Timbor is applied as a liquid to the surface of bare wood it diffuses into the wood to make the wood itself toxic to wood destroying organisms such as wood decay fungus or drywood termites.

Is Timbor concentrate a liquid?
Timbor comes in a powder form that is used as a powder or mixed with water to form a liquid solution. To create a 10% solution mixone pound of Timbor to one gallon of water. This solution must be applied twice to a bare wood surface. To create a 15% solutionmix 1.5 pounds of Timbor to one gallon of water. This solution can be applied only once to the wood surface.

Is Timbor labeled to treat wood decay fungus?
Tim-bor is labeled for the control and prevention of wood decay fungi including white rot, brown rot, poria and wet rots.

Is Timbor labeled for the control of carpenter ants?
Timbor is labeled for the control and prevention of carpenter ants by applying Tim-bor dust into active ant galleries and into areas where ants may enter the structure.

What wood destroying organisms is Timbor labeled to control?
Timbor is labeled for the control and prevention of drywood termites, wood destroying beetles, wood decay fungi, carpenter ants and termites.