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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.
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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  • 103 of 107 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  Bora-Care is the BEST!
    By Michael in Atlanta, GA on January 11, 2010
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    I had a termite control company give me an estimate to spot treat my drywood termites and it was astronomical! I found that 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!

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  • 101 of 124 people found this review helpful:

    1 of 5 Stars  I wouldn't buy this again
    By Doris in Springfield, MO on April 27, 2010
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    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.

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  • 55 of 59 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  Easy to mix and use, and I don't get sick
    By Larry in Oceanside, CA on June 8, 2010
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    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.

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  • 40 of 42 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  Bora-Care Product Review
    By Patrick in La Mesa, CA on April 29, 2010
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    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!

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  • 34 of 40 people found this review helpful:

    4 of 5 Stars  BoraCare user review
    By Kevin in batavia, ohio on May 8, 2010
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    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.

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  • 4 of 5 Stars  Boracare on old beams
    By Dennis in Penna. on November 10, 2015

    left beams with a fine dust look.. not bad, but slightly noticeable. Otherwize it went on easy with a sprayer and cleaned up ok. We did wear a mask protector and raincoat since it was dripping off the beams. I would use it again.

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  • 5 of 5 Stars  Excellent product with a decent price
    By David in Bloomingdale, Ohio on November 6, 2015

    I am very familiar with Bora-Care as I have used it on my log cabin to be rid of powder post beetles, and prevent future attacks. This purchase was for helping a friend who had gutted his old house for renovation. I recommended he treat his framing, rafters, and joists with Bora-Care and he agreed. The product is very viscous and must be mixed in a bucket before putting it in a sprayer. I used a cheap garden pump-sprayer. Bora-Care is easy to clean up with water and when dried, leaves a slight powdery residue on the wood. I recommend it.

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  • 5 of 5 Stars  Great experience
    By Dion in indpls, IN 46214 on October 20, 2015

    Goes on easily and mixes easily-great stuff and arrived on time. I will shop here again

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  • 5 of 5 Stars  easy to use
    By Frank in edmonds, wa on October 19, 2015

    easy to use in cheap sprayer diluted with hot water. would buy again.

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  • 5 of 5 Stars  boracare treatment
    By John in green brook nj on October 19, 2015

    mixing and distributing through a pump spray was perfect....however i am still spraying in certain spots in a crawlspace.....and cannot determine as of yet, if termites are dead....this treatment is more for preventative and a cure...

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  • 3 of 5 Stars  Boracare
    By Richard in Russell, Ohio on October 12, 2015

    After cleaning equipment repairs, Boracare was sprayed on the wood of our bank barn for powder post beetles. This results should show next Summer and for the next couple years as the Boracare works on the emerging beetles.

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  • 2 of 5 Stars  Doesn't soak deep enough into wood to get the beetles
    By Clayton in seattle wash on October 4, 2015

    Boracare claims to soak deep into wood to get the beetles that are nesting inside. I had to use 2 to 3 times more than necessary because the spray had a hard time soaking into the wood even pushing a roller after the spraying. Most of the Boracare ended up dripping onto the floor of my garage instead of soaking into the garage walls/beams. Afterwards I test sprayed Boracare on the side of a brand new 2 x 4 and could see looking at the end grain, that it had barely soaked into the side. So hopefully Boracare on the surface of the wood will help, because I don't see it soaking deep into the wood like it claims.

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    By Wendy in Placerville, California on September 28, 2015

    We had powder post beetles in our siding...and termites, which we didn't discover until we were treating for the beetles. In any case, Bora-Care took care of it all! Moreover, the service we received from DoMyOwnPestControl was excellent; I had ordered the wrong size of suit (for spraying) and they switched it out, no problem. Then they answered my questions thoroughly and immediately. Above all, they saved me thousands of dollars from having to be tented. Cannot say enough great stuff about the company nor the product...but EXCELLENT.

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  • 5 of 5 Stars  Happy with Boracare
    By Ted in Vermont on September 26, 2015

    I used this product about a month ago and put on 2 coats. Powder post beetles are no where in sight so far!

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  • 4 of 5 Stars  my amateur experience in application
    By Todd in Rockwood, PA on August 23, 2015

    I can't report Bora-care's effectiveness on past or present populations of powder post beetles (without a way to gage numbers before and after) but trust that it works if you follow the application directions. I mixed the product with warm water under the recommended usage ratio in a glass jar, shaking it vigorously, and funneled it into a hand plant mister for my small jobs. It considerably darkened my old oak beam, lightened, part darkened, then finally lightened again over time. My hand mister and backpack sprayer both became clogged if I wasn't careful to mix it well. With whatever sprayer tool you use, it's hard to know how much or how little to apply across the wood's area.

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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?


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!

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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?


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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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November 13, 2015 Louis from Cleveland Texas asked:

QDoes Boracare control carpenter bees?


No, Boracare is not labeled for carpenter bees.

For carpenter bees, we would recommend using our Carpenter Bee Kit. It has everything inside of it to do a complete treatment for bees.

Please also check out our Carpenter Bee Guide for wonderful tips on how to treat and prevent them in the future.

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November 12, 2015 Sandy from Smyrna Ga asked:

QCan I use Boracare to treat the wood of furniture that is being stripped and reupholstered?
I will be stripping and reupholstering all types of furniture. I want to treat the wood because I may get it from somewhere else. What would you recommend? I have to give my customers great service and feel comfortable.


Boracare can be used to treat for wood destroying insects and fungus. Boracare is to be applied to raw wood that will last for the lifespan of the wood itself. Please review the product label for further information.

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November 2, 2015 Lynette from Phoenix asked:

QHow do you clean up a spill of Boracare onto pavers?
We used a 1:1 dilution and accidentally spilled some onto our pavers - the pavers now look "wet" and it has been more than 24 hours. Should we rinse the pavers with water? How do we clean the pavers?


Boracare should come off with a soap and hot water mixture and a little scrubbing to make the pavers look normal again. It will not harm the pavers and will degrade over time as it is only meant to bond long term to wood surfaces.

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October 27, 2015 Lynette from Phoenix, Az asked:

QDo we need to remove the pavers and trench then apply Termidor SC, or can we use BoraCare sprayed on the pavers and foundation wall to prevent termite access?
We have found a termite tube on the concrete foundation wall (exterior) in our courtyard. Our courtyard consists entirely of pavers. Do we need to remove the pavers and trench then apply Termidor SC or can we use Bora Care sprayed on the pavers and foundation wall to prevent termite access?


Boracare is only labeled to be used directly on wood so this should not be used on a concrete wall or paver. For your concrete areas against the home, you will need to get the termiticide underneath the concrete against the foundation. To do this you will need a hammer drill with a 1/2" x 18" drill bit. You drill holes throughout the concrete about 3-4 inches away from the wall or foundation, and about every 10"-12" apart. Once the holes are drilled, you fill at the same rate you did the trench, 4 gallons per 10 feet. To fill these, we would recommend using the one gallon sprayer on a "pin stream" setting so you can force the liquid down the hole and not splash it everywhere. You can also use a funnel and pour the termiticide down the holes. It is difficult to get 4 gallons per 10 feet in the holes, so it is important that you use a long drill bit, at least 18" long so you can bore out enough dirt to hold the termiticide. Once the holes are filled all you need to do is patch them with a concrete patch filler you can buy at Home Depot or you can use our Trebor plugs that will close the hole with no concrete mess.

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October 16, 2015 May from Louisiana asked:

QCan I treat wood with Boracare before it is sawed and/or installed?
I have a load of 2 x8's and some plywood to be installed in my house. Can I go ahead and spray this with BoraCare? The 2x8's will be put down and the plywood over them. (Floor joist and subfloor) Spraying ahead would save time. But, will it be safe to saw and handle after it is dry and how long does it take to dry.


Yes, Boracare can be sprayed on wood that is in its natural state. Once it has dried, you can saw, install and apply paint or finish to the wood.

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October 13, 2015 Tester from Ga asked:

QWhat is the difference between Boracare and Boracare Commercial?
There are 2 different labels that have been found and I am a little confused.


There is only one available now, the regular Bora-Care. Per the manufacturer, Bora-Care commercial was for a special legal circumstance only in Florida with respect to labeling. It has been discontinued, and is the same product as regular Bora-Care.

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October 12, 2015 Jean from Auburn, Al asked:

QCan I apply Boracare to reclaimed wood that had linseed oil applied to it last year?
I have 2 reclaimed doors that are 115 years old. They were sanded and had linseed oil applied. Will Boracare penetrate this wood to preserve them even more?


Boracare really is designed to only be applied to raw wood that has no finish or treatment on it of any kind. The linseed oil may prevent the Borcare from penetrating into the wood of the door. If you can sand some of it off (depending on how deep the oil penetrated into the door), you may be able to apply the Boracare with sucess, however we cannot guarantee it will soak in the way its intended since the oil has been applied.

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October 6, 2015 Dennis from Woodland, Ca asked:

QWhat is the difference between Bora-Care and Bora-Care Commercial?
If they are different, when would you use each one?


There is no difference between Bora Care and Bora Care Commercial besides the name. There was a change in the label for marketing purposes but both products are chemically identical.

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September 24, 2015 Ken from San Antonio, Tx asked:

QIf Bora-Care only penetrates up to 4 inches thick, will it kill an active dry wood termite infestation? Wouldn't they be able still eat the interior of the beam and continue to live?
I have active dry wood termites in thick interior beams inside the house. The beams are exposed and untreated, and it would be possible for me to spray Bora-Care on 3 sides of them. However, the beams are about 10 in x 10 thick.


Bora-Care can be applied to raw, natural wood and penetrate 4 inches into the wood surfaces. It is recommended to apply to all sides of the wood for the best results. You will mix it at a 1:1 ratio for active drywood termites and it should be diluted with hot water in a separate container and mixed completely first. After it is mixed properly, you can add it to your spray tank for application. Please refer to the link below for the application chart based on dimensions.

Application Chart

Bora-Care can take up to 90 days to completely penetrate through all of the wood to where all of the termites are.  Bora-Care does not kill the termites by touch.  The termites walking on the wood are not effected.  Bora-Care kills the termites by ingestion.  After the Bora-Care has moved through the wood, the termites that are still in the wood will die when they continue to eat and ingest the Bora-Care with the wood.  You should treat all exposed sides of the wood that you can get to.  One treatment is normally enough unless the wood you are treating is more than 8 inches thick.  The termites will not spread easily to other areas so that is not a concern.

Bora-Care Product Label

Drywood Termite Treatment Article

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September 12, 2015 Kim from Greensboro, Nc asked:

QCan I apply Bora-Care to the raw wood side of solid prefinished hardwood?
I have purchased prefinished solid hardwood flooring (hand scraped). Can I apply Bora-Care with a paint brush to the raw side (opposite of finished side) of the board as well as the raw tongue and groove sides? If so, what are the specific directions for application and how much should be applied? Will Bora-Care seep through the wood to the opposite pre-finished side of the wood board and damage the wood finish? The board is 3/4" in thickness by the way. Additionally, would it also be wise to apply Bora-Care to the wood sub-flooring before hardwood installation? Lots of questions. Thank you in advance for your advice.


Bora-Care can be applied to any raw wood that is not painted, stained or sealed so yes it can be brushed on to the underside of the flooring.  It will only prevent termites from entering the wood that it is applied to and will penetrate up to 4 inches with one application.  It should be applied until the wood is just wet but not dripping.  Most of the time termites would have to eat through the sub-floor to get into the hardwood floors above, but there is no 100% guarantee that the termites will enter this way.  Treating the sub-floor would also ensure the termites do not get into the sub-floor as well.  If you want the hardwood floors better protected, you should treat all exposed wood also as long as they are unfinished.   Please see page 10 of the Bora-Care label.  Table A on page 10 will tell you how many lineal feet of board the bora-care will treat based on thickness. The tabel tells you how many lineal feet a DILUTED gallon will treat

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