Designed to help those preparing for the wood preservative pesticide licensing examinations administered by the state departments of agriculture in the Pacific Northwest.
Describes specific wood pests, including various wood-inhabiting fungi, chemical stains, termites, carpenter ants, beetles, and marine borers, and the damage they do. Explains how to control pests that damage wood by employing moisture control, naturally resistant wood, general-use pesticides, creosote, pentachlorophenol (penta), and inorganic arsenicals. For creosote, penta, and inorganic arsenicals, describes the advantages, disadvantages, toxic effects, special precautions, and limitations, and includes Consumer Information Sheets for wood pressure-treated with each.
Discusses human safety, application hazards, toxic effects of preservatives, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), waste disposal, and storage. Contains a glossary of definitions and sources for additional information.