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BORACARE

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

BoraCare cannot be applied to any live trees or plants.


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 1:1, 2:1, 3:1, or 5:1 Refer to the label for complete instructions.
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.

YIELD:

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.

Indoors

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.

Outdoors

*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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  • 111 of 115 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Bora-Care is the BEST!
    By Michael in Atlanta, GA on 01/11/2010
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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 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!

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  • 110 of 135 people found this review helpful:

    1 of 5 stars  I wouldn't buy this again
    By Doris in Springfield, MO on 04/27/2010
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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.

    Expert Response   Expert response:
    Bora-Care is the best wood treatment product on the market.  However, Bora-Care can take up to a month to diffuse completely through the entire piece of wood after you treat it.  Since powderpost beetle larvae can be deep in the wood, it is normal to continue to see activity for awhile until the Bora-Care makes it all the way through the wood.  Of course the true benefit of Bora-Care is that after it does diffuse all of the way through the wood and kill the larvae, it will stay in the wood forever and you never have to worry about wood destroying insects again.

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  • 60 of 64 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 06/08/2010
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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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  • 43 of 45 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Bora-Care Product Review
    By Patrick in La Mesa, CA on 04/29/2010
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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 DoMyOwnPestControl.com!

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  • 38 of 44 people found this review helpful:

    4 of 5 stars  BoraCare user review
    By Kevin in batavia, ohio on 05/08/2010
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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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  • 5 of 5 stars  Wonderful company
    By Rena in Palmdale on 05/08/2016

    Fast shipping. Great customer service. Very professional company to do business with.

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  • 5 of 5 stars  Does what it is supposed to do
    By Joe in Boise on 05/01/2016

    I have used this product before on clients logs. I mix it according to directions (1:1) and I hope it is all it is cracked up to be. I have not had any information from clients telling me of problems.

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  • 4 of 5 stars  BORACARE
    By T in Ocean Springs MS on 04/28/2016

    I do not know how good this but it is easy to apply. If it does work as well as I think then I'll know for sure within the next 6 months.

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  • 4 of 5 stars  very good
    By Allan in sacramento ca, on 04/01/2016

    works well for the wood protection with new and old house .

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful:

    1 of 5 stars  Boracare, syrup
    By Gail in Seattle, WA on 03/22/2016

    Despite thinning and mixing this gelatinous product exactly as described, this product remained severely sticky and is really messy to work with. 5 days after application, the product has yet to dry on most surfaces. I am returning the balance of my order. Good chemistry, poor mixing base.

    Expert Response   Expert response:
    Boracare is very thick and viscous. We do recommend that the product is diluted with hot water in a bucket. The manufacturer recommends that the dilution is mixed with a paint mixer attachment on a drill. After the solution has been thoroughly mixed, the dilution can be added to a sprayer if desired.

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  • 4 of 5 stars  Not for Painted or Coated Wood
    By Matt in carlsbad,ca on 03/17/2016

    This stuff only works by saturating unpainted fresh wood.

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Awesome stuff, just cover EVERYthing that's left in room :-)
    By Dc in Waverly, GA on 03/09/2016

    It's been two weeks now since spraying on, mixed 1:1. Our home is mostly wood floors, walls and ceilings. Covered the floors, forgot about the windows, was a sticky mess to clean up, but oh well :-) Have not seen any teensy, eensy wood shavings on my counters or tables. This stuff kills and it's supposed to last for years. It took 4 gallons, sprayed on, to cover about 1800 square feet. Worth it! Saved us about $5000, according to the bug guy who came out. They would've had to tent the house! Shipping was FAST! Thank you guys, hope we never have those little critters that can lay dormant for over a year, again, but if so, we know who to buy from.

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  • 5 of 5 stars  Would recommend
    By Stephen in United States on 03/07/2016

    Product does as advertised. Easy to apply and effective. Placed order and received quickly. Happy customer. Thank you.

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  • 3 of 3 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Boracare for powder post beetles & termites
    By C.decker in La Grange, GA on 02/01/2016

    We used the Boracare for powder post beetles & termites. We used it in a mister w/ a extra long extension cord to plug out side as our crawl space is not more than 3' for 1/2 of our house & 6' in the back 1/2. We took the advice of the sales lady from the company who told us to be sure to use an electric drill w/ a paddle to stir for 15 min. It worked perfectly & did the job. No clogging just be sure to wash your mister after using. C. Decker

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful:

    4 of 5 stars  Boracare
    By Brad in Hamilton tx on 02/01/2016

    Seems to be killing the bore weevils we are having from some Mexican furniture. I am having to inject into the wood with a syringe in cracks and holes they have made since it is heavily stained already. But am finding dead ones each morning and less sawdust. So maybe I will have them all gone before it get ruined.

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03/02/2010 E.

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?

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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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02/12/2011 Michael

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.

Termidor: http://www.domyownpestcontrol.com/termidor-sc-p-184.html

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.

Bora-Care:  http://www.domyownpestcontrol.com/boracare-p-100.html

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12/17/2009 Lloyd

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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12/02/2009 Joe

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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06/10/2011 William

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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05/14/2016 Tricia

QWould we benefit from using Boracare on the T-1-11 for our ceiling of a wraparound porch?
Before we stain, also we have old barn beams we will use in our new home that have little pinpoint holes, worried about bugs. Should we use this on them before we finish them?? Thanks

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Any untreated or unstained wood, including plywood, would benefit from an application of Boracare to help protect it from wood infesting pests, fungi and dry rot. †If you do have an active infestation of pests in the wood Boracare would be the best treatment for that as well before you stain. When treating wood that may be exposed to rainfall, be sure to apply a water sealant after the Boracare application has dried.

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01/23/2016 Zard from San Jose, Ca

QWith an opened container, how long can the undiluted Boracare be stored?
If I open a container of Boracare and only use 1/3, how long can I store the remaining 2/3 of undiluted Boracare that is in the container?

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Undiluted Bora-Careshould be used within three years of the date of purchase. Once diluted,Bora-Care†should be used immediately.†Bora-Carethat is left for more than a few hours after it has been diluted will start to separate from the water and will be impossible to get back into a proper diluted form.

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01/20/2016 Susan from Middleburg, Va

QHow long should kids and dogs remain out of the house after floors are treated?
I have to treat my entire house floors with Boracare because there are powder post beetles in my barn wood floors on all three floors. I have kids and dogs and am wondering how long they should be out of the house to be super safe.

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It is recommended that you keep pets and children out of the area treated with Boracare until the product has dried completely and any odor has dissipated.

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01/09/2016 Paul from Salem, Or

QShould I plane my boards to a final thickness before treatment with Bora-Care?
I am getting ready to use some 1" thick oak that has powder post beetles, I need to plane it down to a 3/4" thickness. Should I plane it down and finish sand it before I treat it or can I treat it a few days before I mill it down.

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It would be recommended to complete any sanding/planing before applying Boracare.

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12/31/2015 Joelieanna from Orlando, Florida

QDoes Boracare kill wood beetles or termites burrowed in a stained but not sealed tabletop?
We were given an antique table from Puerto Rico. My husband stripped it and stained it. We brought it inside and we noticed dust accumulating in a section of the table. We were told it has wood beetles. He spent a lot of time restoring it, so we hope to save the table; however, we have wood floors and live in Florida.

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Boracare will not be absorbed into wood that is stained or treated. If the wood is stripped down to the bare, exposed wood, then you could apply Boracare before re-painting or re-staining the wood. If this is not possible, then you may want to consider having a local pest control company fumigating the piece of furniture to kill any existing insects in it.

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12/08/2015 Bevan from Texas

QCan Boracare be applied to stained wood?
I made a desk and stained it and it is now infested with termites. The wood was only stained and not varnished or sealed can it still be treated?

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Boracare can be applied only to raw wood. Any stain, paint, or seal would have to be completely stripped in order to treat the wood with Boracare. You may drill into the wood to spot treat with a ready-to-use formulation of Boracare called Jecta.

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12/02/2015 Phyllis from Sharpsburg, Ga

QIs Boracare toxic for mammals? Are there any fumes or out-gassing from a crawl space up into the house?

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It is important to keep pets and/or animals out of the area while Boracare is being applied. Once the product has dried completey, it is safe for individuals or pets to return to the area.

No, there are no fumes that will come out of a crawl space.

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11/14/2015 Robert from Oklahoma City, Ok

QCan you apply Boracare on painted but porous wood?
For example, I want to treat some painted but porous cedar to which my copper guttering will be attached. My plan is to then let it dry and paint it again.

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Boracare cannot be applied to painted or treated wood even if porous. It is best to strip the wood of the paint and then apply Boracare. If you are treating for active wood boring pest and taking the paint off is not a viable option, then you can inject a product like Jecta into the damaged areas.

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11/13/2015 Louis from Cleveland Texas

QDoes Boracare control carpenter bees?

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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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11/12/2015 Sandy from Smyrna Ga

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.

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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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