Cobra™ Rod

Product Overview

Cobra™ Rods offer robust protection for utility poles against strength loss caused by internal decay, fungi, and insects. As the pioneering water-diffusible glass co-biocide internal treatment, Cobra™ Rods disperse within the pole both vertically and horizontally, leveraging mass flow and diffusion from the application point. This innovative approach ensures the thorough delivery of high concentrations of borates and copper, maximizing efficacy and performance in safeguarding wood substrates. With an excellent environmental profile, Cobra™ Rods serve as a versatile general use pesticide compatible with all wood species and original treatments. Their application rates can be tailored to factors such as pole age, size, condition, and environmental considerations.

COBRA ROD Genics in Bulk

Technical Summary

(Including 3rd party data and research)

Cobra™ Rods are manufactured in a variety of sizes, allowing utilities to maximize loading within new or existing borings.

Cobra™ Rods – Composition and Chemistry

Active ingredients:

Disodium Octaborate Tetrahydrate


Copper Hydroxide


Boric Acid




Cobra™ Rods – Concentration and Solubility

TOTALSOLUBILITY (at 20˚C): 21.3%

One metric used to determine the overall uptake or bioavailability of active ingredients is to assess the solubility of the products, which determines how much of the active ingredients are absorbed into the wood cells and fibers. In limited moisture environments, such as utility poles, higher solubility facilitates improved dispersion and migration, maximizing the efficacy of the preservative.

Cobra™ Rods offer double the solubility of all other diffusible internal remedial treatments. The solubility of boron on its own is 9.7%. When synergistically fused with copper, the system’s total solubility increases to 21.3%. This results in significantly increased volume of actives made available to the wood. The Cobra™ Rod manufacturing process dehydrates the DOT and Copper Hydroxide in the production of glass, producing an affinity for moisture; therefore, once introduced to moisture within the pole, the copper and boron bind with the water molecules to travel throughout the wood. As per the U.S.D.A. Forest Products Labs, wood becomes susceptible to decay between 20-30% moisture content, the same range at which the Cobra™ Rod begins to dissolve.

27g of Cobra™ Rod will dissolve in 100 ml of solution (water) at room temperature, while only 10.7g of traditional boron rods and 1.7g of non-dehydrated boric acids will dissolve in the same volume of water.

Cobra™ Rods – Toxicity and Environmental

Active Ingredient ORAL Lethal Dose 50 (LD50)

Lethal Dose 50 is the amount of a material, given all at once, which causes the death of 50% of a group of test animals. LD50 is a highly effective method of measuring the toxicity of a material. The larger the number, the safer the compound. A critical part of a strong asset management program is to reduce the risks associated with potential exposure of toxic compounds to humans and the surrounding environment. The Cobra™ Rod has a very favorable environmental and toxicity profile due its composition of using safe and effective active ingredients. The LD50 of table salt is included as a reference point for the overall understanding of the LD50 numbers.

In summary, The positive environmental and safety profile of the Cobra™ Rod poses minimal threat to utilities, installers, communities, wildlife, and the environment.

Cobra™ Rods – Performance Summary

Genics has conducted research and testing with the following research institutions:

Fullreports available upon request.

10-Year Hilo Study:Cobra™ Rods demonstrate above threshold levels for copper and boron after 10years in an aggressive decay climate and zone of Hilo, Hawaii.

Figure 4, 10-year study of Cobra™ Rods demonstrates toxic threshold retention levels for all poles treated with Cobra™ Rods. Hilo is classified as a decay zone 3 as per current AWPA standards (formerly decay zone 5).

Powertech Labs:

The results of the literature search indicates that the boron/copper formulation of the Cobra™ Rod will have a number of advantages over the 100% boron rod. Fungal efficacy will be increased due to the synergistic effect of boron and copper in that the boron would offer protection against internal attack of treated wood from copper tolerant basidiomycetes and insects; whereas, the copper would protect the outer surfaces of the wood against attack by boron tolerant soft-rot fungi.

The fusion of the boron and copper into copper borate, rather than a simple admixture of the compounds, is also beneficial in that it enhances the mobility of copper within the wood and at the same time retards the mobility of some of the boron. This will extend the fungal efficacy longevity of the preservative treatment, which is a shortcoming of the 100% boron rod, especially in wetter climatic areas, both by delaying the loss of boron from the treated wood and by the presence of copper in the wood long after the boron as eventually been depleted.

Figure 5 Boron Concentration as a Function of Distance from Cobra™ Rod Location

Cobra™ Rods – Installation Instructions

Ensure the use of proper PPE as per the label, SDS sheet, State guidelines.

This product is manufactured in an ISO 14001 facility.  


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