BORACARE (Bora care) is a borate-based product that provides prevention and control of Termites, Carpenter Ants, Powderpost Beetles and Decay Fungi. Boracare can be used on all cellulosic materials including wood, plywood, particle board, paper, oriented strand board (OSB), cardboard, and wood composite structural components. If you are looking to kill and prevent mold, please see BORACARE with MOLD-CARE. Also, a dye can be added to the Bora-Care solution when treating studs or wood inside wall voids called Turf Mark Blue.
|Active Ingredient:||Disodium Octaborate Tetrahydrate (Borate) 40%|
|Target pests:||Wood Destroying Fungus, Termite Control and wood-destroying insects such as termites, carpenter ants, powderpost beetles, etc.|
|Application:||For powder post beetles, Boracare must be used on untreated wood. It is preferred over other treatments such as timbor in treating furniture because Boracare dries clear and will leave the furniture in its natural state. It will also absorb much further into the wood so you know the infestation is treated. Boracare is diluted with water at a 1:1 - 1:5 ratio depending on the pest you are targeting.|
|Yield:||One gallon of Bora-Care will treat approximately 100 lineal feet of 2 x 4 stud wall. This includes sill plate and header. For other dimensional lumber, logs, or siding and plywood, please see the product label to the left. Typically, one gallon of concentrate Bora-Care will treat 800 square feet of a 2x4 stud wall, and 500 square feet of a crawl space or attic.|
|NOT FOR SALE TO:||NY|
|Coverage Area:||Post construction and active infestations use rate is 1:1|
Preventative use rate is 5:1
|Manufactured By:||Nisus (UPC: 616609111025)|
How Bora Care Works
Boracare contains an inorganic borate salt, soluble in water, with insecticidal and fungicidal properties effective against wood destroying organisms. A patented carrier system allows Bora-Care’s active ingredient to diffuse into wood. This system makes Bora-Care more effective than products designed to treat only the wood’s surface. It is particularly suited for seasoned or kiln dried wood.
Bora-Care provides double protection by acting as both a toxicant via ingestion and a deterrent to termite tubing. This means that termites are kept out of structures, preventing wood damage. When termites or other wood-destroying insects ingest BoraCare, the borate active ingredient poisons the microorganisms in the insects’ digestive tracks that are needed to break down the cellulose in the wood. Essentially, it causes the insects to starve to death. Insects have shown no ability to develop resistance to borates.
Bora Care Target Pests
Wood destroying fungus, termites, carpenter ants, wood-destroying beetles such as powder post beetles
PESTS CONTROLLED WITH BORACARE: Subterranean Termites (Reticulitermes, Heterotermes), Formosan Termites (Coptotermes), Drywood Termites (Kalotermes, Incisitermes), Dampwood Termites (Zootermopsis, Neotermes), Powderpost Beetles (Lyctidae, Bostrichidae), Anobiid Beetles (Anobiidae), Old House Borers, Longhorn Beetles (Cerambycidae, Hylotrupes), Ambrosia Beetles (Platypodidae, Scolytidae), Carpenter Ants (Camponotus), Decay Fungi (Rot), Brown Rot (including dry rot), White Rot, Wood Decay, Algae
Target Uses of Bora Care
BORACARE provides prevention and control of Termites, Carpenter Ants, Powderpost Beetles and Decay Fungi. Boracare can be used on all cellulosic materials including wood, plywood, particle board, paper, oriented strand board (OSB), cardboard, and wood composite structural components. Since Boracare is applied directly to the wood, it can be used in areas where environmental contamination is of concern. The active ingredient in Boracare is an inorganic salt and once in place will not decompose or volatilize out of the wood. Treatment is long lasting as long as the treated material is not exposed to rain, continuous water or ground contact.
Boracare is most frequently used for pre-construction or post-construction preventative treatment of listed wood-infesting pests on structures. Boracare can also be used for remedial treatment of active infestations, such as in attics for treatment of drywood termites. Boracare can also be used to treat wooden items like interior trims or furniture, provided there is no stain, paint, or similar finish on the items. In addition to cellulosic materials, Boracare also can be used on concrete to prevent termite tubing.
ACTIVE INGREDIENT: Disodium Octaborate Tetrahydrate (Borate) 40%
Bora Care Application Instructions
Boracare can be sprayed, brushed or foamed onto bare wood surfaces and voids. The product cannot be fogged. Wood treated with BoraCare will appear darker than normal for a few days until the chemical dries in. Boracare will not affect the paint or staining of the wood. Wood treated with Boracare is non-toxic to humans and animals. Boracare must be diluted with hot water in a bucket and then added to your sprayer. Failure to pre-mix in a bucket will cause your sprayer to clog.
Mixing – The use of an impeller-type mixer that can be used with an electric drill aids the dilution process. Always mix in a separate container then add the solution to a spray tank. Use 1:1, 2:1, and 3:1 solutions within 24 hours after mixing. 5:1 solutions will remain stable for up to 30 days. Do not leave unused solution under pressure or in tank overnight.
*Always read the product label completely before use.
The yield of Boracare varies greatly depending on use and total volume of wood to be treated (not just surface area). Typically, one gallon of concentrate at a 1:1 ratio will treat 800 square feet of a 2x4 stud wall or 500 square feet of a crawl space or attic. On non-cellulosic materials, one gallon of finished solution treats 400 square feet of surface area.
For siding and paneling, one gallon of concentrate at a 1:1 ratio will treat 800 square feet of 1” wood by spraying only one side. If siding or paneling is ½” thick, the same amount of solution treats 1,600 square feet.
*See product label and supplements for charts and worksheets to aid in calculating the amount of Boracare needed for your application.
Standard Application Dilution rates / Mixing Ratios for Boracare:
*1:1 parts water to Boracare – 23% - active infestations, post-construction applications; application to wood more than 4 inches thick for wood-infesting beetles or Fungi or Algae
*2:1 parts water to Boracare – 16% - foaming or misting application for termites or carpenter ants; hardwood floors for some wood-infesting beetles
*3:1 parts water to Boracare – 13% - remedial control of Fungi and Algae on wood less than 4 inches thick
*5:1 parts water to Boracare – 9% - most preventative or pre-construction treatments
See Remedial Injection Bulletin for an easy flow chart of ratios for existing construction treatments.
Bora Care is for use in the following areas:
Homes, Apartments, Garages, Museums, Public and Private Institutions, Schools, Hotels, Hospitals, Kennels, Stables, Farm Buildings, Trucks, Trailers, Warehouses, Non-Food Areas of Supermarkets, Restaurants and Food Processing Plants
Surfaces: All non-food contact surface cellulosic materials including wood, plywood, particle board, paper, oriented strand board (OSB), cardboard (non-food packaging material), wood composite structural components, concrete, block, brick, metals, PVC plumbing pipes and other non-cellulosic materials found in structures.
Use Bora-Care on new construction. For termite pretreatments, simply spray a two-foot tall continuous barrier directly to the wood using a tank sprayer or portable backpack sprayer. This includes the walls, piers, interior slab or basement walls, plumbing penetrations, pipe chases, bath traps, and any other foundation penetrations. Treating this way insures that all termite entry-points are treated. You can also use Bora-Care as a whole-house treatment for general pest protection to prevent infestations of decay fungi and wood destroying pests such as drywood termites and destroying beetles.
Remedial Wood Structure Treatment – Spray and/or inject Boracare solution into beetle holes, termite and carpenter ant galleries and decay pockets. Apply 1 coat of solution to the point of surface saturation to all infested and susceptible wood, paying particular attention to infested areas. Apply 2 coats to those wood members with only one or two exposed sides. Wait at least 20 minutes between applications.
Wood Flooring (Remedial Treatment) – Treat by spray, brush or roller application. Prior to application, remove any existing finish by complete coarse sanding or stripping. Use a 2:1 (water to Boracare) solution at a rate of approximately one gallon of solution per 500 square feet of floor surface. Two coats may be required for termite infestations, waiting at least 1 hour between applications. Moisture content must be 10% or less before applying final finish.
*Boracare may be applied by misting or foaming at high expansion rates into inaccessible wall voids, wall studs, and wood members. (Boracare cannot be used in fogging machines.) See product label for complete details.
Preventative treatment – For framed wood surfaces above ground, apply a 1:1 solution. Treat remainder of structural wood in a 5:1 solution. Concentrate application in areas susceptible to attack, to include all sills, plates, floor joists, piers, girders and subfloors. Treat all exterior wood including siding, facias, soffits, eaves, roofing, porches, decks and railing. If Bora-Care is the sole preventative treatment for subterranean termites, a 1:1 solution must be used.
Buildings on crawl spaces and basements (preventative and pretreatment) – Use a 1:1 solution and apply in a 2 foot uninterrupted band to all structural wood surfaces in crawl spaces and basements. To prevent termite shelter tubes on crawlspace walls, apply to concrete or block walls in a 2 foot band up from the ground on interior wall surfaces. Apply at the rate of one gallon to 400 square feet of surface area.
Please read the label for more instructions.
*Do not use to directly treat soil.
All exterior wood - DO NOT APPLY IN RAIN OR SNOW. Do not expose treated exterior wood surfaces to rain or snow for at least 48 hours after treatment. For longer performance, exterior wood surfaces will require a topcoating with a water-resistant finish such as paint or exterior stain. Apply within 6 weeks of treatment. Boracare must dry completely (at least 48 hours) before applying any protective topcoat.
Treatment of exterior wood surfaces less than 2 inches thick, such as decks, sheds and fences – Apply only to bare wood or to wood surfaces where an intact water repellent or finish is not present. Remove paint or finish prior to application. Apply one coat of solution to all wood surfaces. Apply two coats to heavily infested areas and to those surfaces where access is limited to 1 or 2 sides of wood members.
Exterior wood thicker than 2 inches, Logs, timbers, beams, etc. – Use a 1:1 Boracare solution to all surfaces. Treat bare wood only. Refer to application charts for specific sizes of logs or beams. Typically, 2 coats are required to treat round logs 10” or greater in diameter and rectangular logs larger than 6” x 12”. Wait at least 1 hour between applications.
When treating around the exterior of structures, cover and protect shrubbery and plants that may be potentially exposed to Boracare, since it may be phytotoxic to plants.
Bora Care Features
*Pretreatments can be done IN ONE TRIP. No need to worry about weather delays or pumping chemicals into the soil, crews can remain on the job site during treatment, and treatment will last for many years.
*Absorbs all the way into wood for the most complete borate treatment available.
*Dries clear, doesn’t affect future painting or staining of wood surfaces.
*Emits no VOCs (volatile organic compounds).
*Qualifies builders for LEED for Homes points as well as points in many other green building programs.
*Boracare is the only borate-based termiticide that is EPA-registered as a primary perimeter termite pretreatment for new construction with its own product-specific field efficacy studies.
*Bora-Care remains for the life of the treated wood, so no retreatments are necessary (provided wood is not exposed to rain, continuous water, or in contact with the ground).
Extra Tips for Using Bora Care
*Always pre-mix in a separate container before filling spray equipment.
*Use only on raw wood materials. Boracare will not penetrate paint, stain, or sealants.
*Older wood boring beetle larvae and especially pupae already present in the wood at the time of treatment may occasionally emerge sometime after treatment.
*If finished surface appearance is a concern, a wood cleaner such as Mold-Clean may be used prior to Boracare treatment.
*The rate at which Bora-Care is absorbed varies depending on the thickness of the wood and, particularly, the moisture content of the treated wood. Higher moisture content will allow for more rapid absorption.
* An appropriate dye or colorant such as Turf Mark Blue may be added to the solution when diluting Bora-Care with water to make it easier to see where Bora-Care has been applied.
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95 of 110 people found this review helpful:
I wouldn't buy this again
By Doris on April 27, 2010
I had my home sprayed with this for the wood post beetles and they were gone...until today they came back. For over a week not a single one was sighted. This does work on contact but the reason that I bought this product was because it claimed to kill up to twelve months...I didn't even get twelve days of peace.
84 of 88 people found this review helpful:
Bora-Care is the BEST!
By Michael on January 11, 2010
I had a termite control company give me an estimate to spot treat my drywood termites and it was astronomical! I found that DoMyOwnPestControl.com had the same product Boracare for a fraction of the cost. I treated my infestation using the recommendations on the website and now I have a termite free home and more money in my pocket!
44 of 46 people found this review helpful:
Easy to mix and use, and I don't get sick
By Larry on June 8, 2010
I have used half a gallon for remediation of dry wood termites on fascia boards by using 1:1 and 1:2 dilutions applied to bare wood and by injecting in drilled holes where the wood is covered by paint. I like this product as well as the Bifen IT, as they are fairly non-toxic to people and animals. I can use both of them extensively without feeling ill effects myself. I added Bifen IT to the Boracare solution to get a 0.12% Bifen IT concentration (double strength). The Bifen IT works as an quick termiticide and the Boracare provides long term protection. Now that I have stopped the active infestations, I can take my time and protect the rest of my house's fascia, rafter and joist board ends with simply painting a 1:5 Boracare dilution on the ends of the boards (where dry wood termites enter). I will need a 2nd gallon of Boracare to protect the entire house and will be ordering soon. For approximately $200 of products from Domyownpestcontrol, I will have done the remediation work and the whole house protection. This has been a lot of work, but I have saved many thousands of dollars, plus I can take my time and know that the job is done right.
31 of 33 people found this review helpful:
Bora-Care Product Review
By Patrick on April 29, 2010
I don't know why the wood adjacent to my bath tub wet wall was moist? There were no leaks and the plumbing vent to the roof was well sealed. Condensation? The bath drainpipe and water inlets come up through a hole in the slab. The subterranean termite varmints tunneled 10' or 40' under the house slab and surfaced at this point of exposed earth attracted by the moist wood. They swarmed the first warm days in Spring. I treated the exposed earth area with the Dominion 2L termiticide and then filled it with sand. I treated the slab, wood framing, floor and molding with a 2:1 mixture of BoraCare. I sprayed BoraCare down from the attic and drilled holes in the walls where there was no other access. I will finish by treating the ground around the house with Dominion 2L. My problem appears to be solved for under $200. Thanks DoMyOwnPestControl.com!
27 of 30 people found this review helpful:
BoraCare user review
By Kevin on May 8, 2010
Used product on wall studs, when I was repairing a wall due to termite damage. My project lasted about three days. I used a 1:1 mix and I did not pay too much attention to the one day usage. The product crystalized in my sprayer - took awhile to clean the sprayer.
awesome customer service!
By Lynda on March 5, 2014
My gallon came damaged, and as soon as I e-mailed the company, a brand-new one was sent out immediately, with no need to deal with the post office or send pictures. I felt like the company really wanted to make sure I got what I paid for, which I appreciated very much. The product itself seems to have worked fine, and was easy to use.
By OR on February 5, 2014
No more wood boring beetles!!!! We have two homes over 100 years each and Boracare took care of our wood beetle problem with ease.
By Geoff on January 30, 2014
I assume the fluid will do as claimed! It is a concentrated syrup that one dilutes with with hot water. As it dries it forms a skin and also soaks into the timber. The smell is modest and an ordinary hand pump garden spray will spread Boracare AFTER being fully diluted as per instructions. I blocked my equipment first try owing to the gelatinous nature of the raw material. Hot water soon cured the problem and I hope I have soaked the surrounding timbers enough having removed stucturalty damaged flooring eaten by carpenter ants.
Great product and service
By Marc on December 30, 2013
Customer service was great and received product in a few days
By Charles on December 24, 2013
Great product,I wish you would carry the bor8 rods. Thanks
By Peter on November 21, 2013
We had a fairly bad infestation in 3600 SF of oak we have been air drying. We applied a 1:1 mix on both surfaces. After about a week we started seeing powder post beetle powder in a few places. We are going to give those locations another applications and see how well it workes.
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By Darcy on November 20, 2013
The product is a thick liquid about the consistency of hand lotion. I painted it on with a brush and it stayed on top of the wood for about two days. Most products stay on the surface and never reach the termites inside the wood. The fact that Bora-Care soaks in and reaches termites inside the wood is very important. After two days it was dry and paintable. I haven't seen a single termite since I used Bora-Care.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful:
Easy to use
By Louise on November 8, 2013
Bora-Care is easy to pour. It is thick and gooey. It took about 1 minute of gentle stirring to mix the hot water with it. I applied it with a plastic bottle hand sprayer. It did drip a little so a drop cloth would be helpful.
Two for One results
By Larry on November 5, 2013
After noticing some saw dust like shavings in an open out building and some large round fly like critters entering some holes about 3/8" dia in the wood, I decided to do something about it. I sprayed BORA-CARE on the wood around the area and had some over spray on other wood. the next day I noticed a completely different fly like critter all over. Old house beetles had exited and were caught in the windows. I then sprayed it all and couldn't believe the exellent results of elimating both of types of beetles. This is the best and easiest product to use and I will keep some on hand to use when necessary in the future. I just ordered another BORA-CARE. Thanks so much for your promt curtious service and professional advice.
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By Rose on September 12, 2013
Customer Service was fantastic, they were able to answer all questions and concerns. Purchased to treat antique chairs of wood worm. Additionally, Do My Own Pest Control had the best price.
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March 2, 2010 E. asked:
QWhat is the difference between Bora-Care and Timbor that makes the price of Bora-Care cost so much more?
They both seem to control the same pests. Container size appears the same. Is Bora-Care more highly concentrated therefore dilutes to cover more? I am confused. Can these be applied by a novice? What protection must one take?
A Bora-Care and Timbor are both borate products used to treat wood, but they could not be more different. Timbor is in a powder form that is mixed with water. It is much less expensive but it is intended more for protecting new wood only, or wood that you know does not have any issues. Timbor will only penetrate the outer layer of the wood so it is more for protection or for treating fungus on the surface of the wood. If you have an active infestation of termites, powder-post beetles or wood borers deep inside the wood then Timbor would not make it through the wood to kill these insects. BoraCare is a liquid borate but has an additive, a glycol solution, which allows the product to penetrate through the entire piece of wood, therefore it should be used any time you have an active infestation because you are guaranteed it will kill anything in the wood no matter how deep it is. Also, BoraCare will last forever in the wood so you will never have to worry about any infestations in the wood that you treat ever again. Just to recap if you have an existing infestation, you should use Bora-Care. If you are just treating wood to be used in new construction or surface fungus, then Timbor is fine to use. Both products are very safe, virtually odorless and do not require respirators unless you are in a enclosed space with no ventilation. You should always wear gloves and protect your eyes anytime you apply pesticides or herbicides. All you need to apply either product is a one or two gallon hand pump sprayer. Timbor is used at 1.5 lbs of Timbor to each gallon of water. Bora-Care is mixed 1:1, one gallon of Bora-Care to one gallon of water which will make two finished gallons. Both products should be mixed in a 5 gallon bucket and then poured in your sprayer to use. We sell these products to homeowners every day and they are very successful treating their issues and you can have great success too. Remember that we are always here to help. Good Luck!
Bora-Care and Timbor are both borate products used to treat wood, but they could not be more different. Timbor is in a powder form that is mixed with water. It is much less expensive but it is intended more for protecting new wood only, or wood that you know does not have any issues. Timbor will only penetrate the outer layer of the wood so it is more for protection or for treating fungus on the surface of the wood.
If you have an active infestation of termites, powder-post beetles or wood borers deep inside the wood then Timbor would not make it through the wood to kill these insects. BoraCare is a liquid borate but has an additive, a glycol solution, which allows the product to penetrate through the entire piece of wood, therefore it should be used any time you have an active infestation because you are guaranteed it will kill anything in the wood no matter how deep it is. Also, BoraCare will last forever in the wood so you will never have to worry about any infestations in the wood that you treat ever again.
Just to recap if you have an existing infestation, you should use Bora-Care. If you are just treating wood to be used in new construction or surface fungus, then Timbor is fine to use. Both products are very safe, virtually odorless and do not require respirators unless you are in a enclosed space with no ventilation. You should always wear gloves and protect your eyes anytime you apply pesticides or herbicides. All you need to apply either product is a one or two gallon hand pump sprayer. Timbor is used at 1.5 lbs of Timbor to each gallon of water. Bora-Care is mixed 1:1, one gallon of Bora-Care to one gallon of water which will make two finished gallons. Both products should be mixed in a 5 gallon bucket and then poured in your sprayer to use. We sell these products to homeowners every day and they are very successful treating their issues and you can have great success too. Remember that we are always here to help. Good Luck!
February 12, 2011 Michael asked:
QTermidor vs. Bora-Care - Which one should I use for dry wood termites?
I have dry wood termites in my home, and I am wondering if i should use Termidor or Bora-Care?
A Since you have droppings then that means dry wood termites is your issue and you probably live in CA or FL. If you see droppings then there are "kick out"holes which you should be able to find on the wood where the termites that are inside the wood are kicking out their pellets onto the floor. This will help you zero in on the wood that you are treating. Both Termidor SC (fipronil for termites) and Bora-Care will work, but Bora-Care is typically the better one to use for this situation. Termidor SC is not a wood treatment product, so for it to work you have to drill holes EXACTLY where the termites are and it has to touch the termites to work. If you miss where they are, it will not work. Also, Termidor SC does not really have any residual in the wood, so after you treat inside the wood with Termidor SC and it dries, that wood is exposed for future termite and beetle infestations. Bora-Care is usually the preferred choice if most of the wood is exposed and it is raw wood you are treating, meaning it is not painted, stained, or sealed, it is just normal wood. Bora-Care is made only for wood, and you do not have to know exactly where the termites are for it to work which is a plus. Bora-Care is sprayed evenly over all exposed surfaces of the wood and actually penetrates through the entire piece of wood. When the termites in the wood try to consume the wood after it has been treated, they ingest the Bora-Care with the wood and die. No matter where they are in the wood the Bora-Care will find them as long as you treated the exposed wood that you can see. The other main benefit is that Bora-Care stays in the wood forever, so you will not have to worry about termites or beetles infesting the wood that you treated ever again.
Since you have droppings then that means dry wood termites is your issue and you probably live in CA or FL. If you see droppings then there are "kick out"holes which you should be able to find on the wood where the termites that are inside the wood are kicking out their pellets onto the floor. This will help you zero in on the wood that you are treating.
Both Termidor SC (fipronil for termites) and Bora-Care will work, but Bora-Care is typically the better one to use for this situation. Termidor SC is not a wood treatment product, so for it to work you have to drill holes EXACTLY where the termites are and it has to touch the termites to work. If you miss where they are, it will not work. Also, Termidor SC does not really have any residual in the wood, so after you treat inside the wood with Termidor SC and it dries, that wood is exposed for future termite and beetle infestations.
Bora-Care is usually the preferred choice if most of the wood is exposed and it is raw wood you are treating, meaning it is not painted, stained, or sealed, it is just normal wood. Bora-Care is made only for wood, and you do not have to know exactly where the termites are for it to work which is a plus. Bora-Care is sprayed evenly over all exposed surfaces of the wood and actually penetrates through the entire piece of wood. When the termites in the wood try to consume the wood after it has been treated, they ingest the Bora-Care with the wood and die. No matter where they are in the wood the Bora-Care will find them as long as you treated the exposed wood that you can see. The other main benefit is that Bora-Care stays in the wood forever, so you will not have to worry about termites or beetles infesting the wood that you treated ever again.
December 17, 2009 Lloyd asked:
QOnce Bora-Care is applied on raw wood, can the wood be painted at a later date?
AYes. Wood treated with Bora-Care can be painted, stained or sealed once it is dry which usually takes 24 hours.
December 2, 2009 Joe asked:
QMy house is approx. 2000 sq ft of crawl space. How much Bora-Care would I need for the job?
AHow much Bora-Care you need depends more on the size of the wood you are treating than just square footage. Also, it's the lineal footage of the wood more than square footage. Here is a link to a worksheet that you can fill out and it should give you the correct amount needed based on the size of wood you have and how much you need to treat. Typically, each gallon of Bora-Care, after mixed 1:1 with water, will treat about 1000 square feet of space, but if you have larger sized wood (for example: 2 x 8 instead of 2 x 4), then one gallon of Bora-Care may only treat 800 square feet. The worksheet should be able to get you an exact estimate.
June 10, 2011 William asked:
QCan Bora-Care be used on "pressure-treated" wood if it is not painted, or stained?
ANo, Bora-Care will not work on pressure treated wood either. Pressure treated wood is made to not let moisture into it, and since Bora-Care depends on moisture to allow it to penetrate through the wood it will not work on pressure treated wood. Bora-Care will only work on raw wood. Wood that is not painted, stained, sealed, or pressure treated. Also, pressure treated wood prevents against all of the things that Bora-Care does anyways, so it does not need to be treated.
January 24, 2014
Frederick from Los Angeles asked:
QWhat protective clothing is recommended in addition to goggles, respirator and gloves when using Boracare?
Is there some need for a protective hood or something in addition to goggles and a respirator long sleeves and pants and rubber gloves when spraying BoraCare in a closed area such as a crawlspace? If so, where can one buy suitable products?
A Nisus recommends on the Bora Care product label that applicators use goggles, respirator, protective clothing, and chemical resistant gloves.
January 24, 2014
Fred from Los Angeles, Ca asked:
QHow much do i sand my fence before applying BoraCare?
My yard fence is made of painted 4x4, 2x4 and 2x2 boards. Is it sufficient to sand only one side of each board for effective application of BoraCare, or to I need to sand all 4 sides of each?
A For best penetration and protection it is recommended by the manufacturer to sand all 4 sides of the wood so that you can apply the Boracare to all 4 sides to ensure complete treatment of the wood. If you do chose to only sand 1 or 2 sides of the wood make sure all paint particles are removed and you are only applying to pure raw wood and you may need to make multiple coats to ensure the product moves all the way through the wood.
January 22, 2014 Nathan asked:
QIs Bora-Care safe to use on living palm trees?
If not, what product would be the best choice?
A Bora-Care is not to be applied to any live trees. Please contact us at 866.581.7378 and one of our experts will help you select a product that will fit your needs.
January 15, 2014
J from Kaneohe, Hi asked:
QI've got small piles of dust in the corners of my cabinets.
Termite guy came by and said it wasn't termites. There doesn't seem to be any droppings, only fine powdered wood in the corners, near hinges
It sounds like you could be dealing with Powderpost Beetles. You should use a wood treatment product to treat powder post beetles. Bora-Care is the best wood treatment product available. Bora-Care will penetrate through the wood and kill the larvae eating the wood no matter where they are in the wood. However, it can only be applied to raw wood. It cannot be applied to wood that is painted, stained, or sealed. If your wood is painted, stained, or sealed, then you will need to drill holes and inject Bora-Care or sand the finish off of the wood, treat with Bora-Care, and then refinish the wood. Dominion is not a wood treatment product and will not move through the wood. You should use a wood treatment product like Bora-Care. Please take a moment to read over our article on How to Get Rid of Powderpost Beetles.
January 11, 2014
Robert from Palestine, Illinois asked:
QLast week in a chat with one of your reps I asked if Bora Care would corrode an aluninum termite sheild
on top of my foundation blocks and was told that it would not harm aluminum or copper. While reading the MSDS I read in Section 10 that it may corrode aluminum. What product can I use to treat my sill plate that won't damage the aluminum?
A We have spoken with the manufacturer of Bora-Care, Nisus, and they have stated that there is no problem with aluminum or copper or other metals with a Bora-Care application. There has been over 1.5 million houses treated over the past 15 years with no reported adverse effects and we have also done direct corrosion studies with Bora-Care and aluminum that show no corrosion. They are also in the process of taking the current wording off the MSDS which is directed only to manufacturing and not to the finished solution.
December 20, 2013
Hermione from Seattle,wa asked:
QIs Bora-Care safe for carpet?
If we treat the feet of the furniture and let it dry, will the treated surface damage carpet?
A Bora-Care will only work on completely raw natural wood with no stains, paints or finishes on it. If the feet of the furniture are in the natural untreated state, then you can apply Bora-Care to them. You will want to take the furniture outside to treat or put on a surface that will prevent the Bora-Care from getting on other surfaces as the wet version is very thick. Once the application dries into the wood, it will not come out of the wood and get on the carpet and will leave no visible residue on the wood. Only the wet mixture could potentially cause damage to the carpet if sprayed.
November 18, 2013
Stacey from Magnolia, Tx asked:
QWill Bora Care stain my concrete floors, pre-stain, new construction?
If I treat my new construction with bora care will it leave a stain on my untreated concrete floors that i plan to stain
BORACARE will not stain concrete, or new construction. Please let us know if you have any more questions.
November 14, 2013 Kurt asked:
QCan I mix Bora-care and Steri-fab to take care of a mold infestation?
November 10, 2013
Sp from San Diego, Ca asked:
QCan Boracare be injected without dilution?
A Bora-Care is a concentrate and will require dilution for treatment. The 1:1 ratio would be for any current activity or post construction structure. Please refer to the product label for specific treatment application instructions.
November 3, 2013
Fred from Hartford, Wisconsin asked:
QIs there a temperature requirement for treating with Boracare?
I am treating the interior of a barn for powder post beetles. I know the product should not be stored in freezing temperatures but can the product be applied if the temperature is below freezing? Will it interfere with absorption?
A You really want to avoid applying any product in below freezing temperatures because the water part of the mixture can separate and freeze. Do try to apply on a day where the temperatures are above freezing.