At the 2018 Purdue Pest Management Conference in Indiana I’ll be talking about borates. A old secure way of dealing with pests they have been used for many years. They represent a solid foundation for any work dealing with insects. We can protect not only our wooden structures but our food and health as well. Oddly enough this material comes from the earth itself, it’s mined from the largest open pit mine in California. Properly applied to wood it can keep termites from destroying a structure for decades. My Purdue talk will cover a bit of the history of the material and on to how we use it as PMPs. I’ll discuss handling the material properly plus the different formulations of the product. There will also be a look at the types of equipment used to deploy it. The attached shot is a chunk of raw material from the mine itself.