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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


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.

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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  • 97 of 117 people found this review helpful:

    1 of 5 Stars  I wouldn't buy this again
    By Doris 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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  • 92 of 96 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  Bora-Care is the BEST!
    By Michael 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 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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  • 49 of 52 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  Easy to mix and use, and I don't get sick
    By Larry 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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  • 35 of 37 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  Bora-Care Product Review
    By Patrick 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 DoMyOwnPestControl.com!

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  • 30 of 35 people found this review helpful:

    4 of 5 Stars  BoraCare user review
    By Kevin 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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  • 5 of 5 Stars  Excellent
    By Michael on January 27, 2015
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    We had termites on the plywood under our roof / ratio decking. We demo the roof /patio done to the plywood which was infected, remove the ply wood and re-enforce the 2 by 12's as necessary and brought the roof up to earthquake standards. Everything was sprayed. I also used the suggested sprayer and hot water and about a 3 to one ratio. Everything was as advertised, so far so good. I would suggest that a thin caulking with Borocare be invented as plywood never aligns perfectly and their are alway places to caulk. I will be purchasing my second gallon when we pull up the rest of the roof after the rains have turned to sunshine.

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  Boracare seems to have worked
    By Bryan on December 1, 2014
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    There were tiny holes in my ceiling sheetrock and little termite pellets falling and accumulating on the floor every day. I really didn't want to tent the house so I decided to research and try Boracare. After crawling around in my attic and trying to spray most of the wood, and especially the areas where I could see termite damage, the pellets have stopped falling. I was especially interested in this product because I read that the termites can't detect it and take it back to their friends, killing the whole lot somehow. So this makes me think/hope that even though I wasn't able to spray it everywhere, it will somehow end up getting them all.

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  • 4 of 5 Stars  Interesting product
    By Linda on November 25, 2014
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    I can only comment on the application of this product since I just applied it. The stuff is like pure cornsyrup in consistency but actually is quite easy to use - definitley use HOT water to mix and use a painters aggitator and drill. Once mixed it is easily sprayed on the house but stays very sticky. Stain is easily applied over this once dry. Easy to clean up with water but stays sticky on wahtever is gets on.

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  • 5 of 5 Stars  great product
    By Green on November 19, 2014
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    Low toxicity excellent for termite control and so much more just be patient and read label how to mix properly

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  • 5 of 5 Stars  Bora-Care
    By Charles on November 17, 2014
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    It has been mixed and applied as prescribed. Only time will tell how effective it will be. The instructions were clear and the product was mixed and applied according to the printed instructions-no bad English usage or Chinese "word-twists". That is a good sign that the product WILL perform.

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  • 5 of 5 Stars  Boracare Works
    By Philip on November 13, 2014
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    Excellent service. Boracare arrived quickly and with minimum packaging. Stuff works great and gets rid of almost every insect without using poison. If you buy this stuff locally, it costs twice as much as this online store.

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  • 5 of 5 Stars  So far so good
    By Michael on November 6, 2014
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    Well designed instructions. Mixes easy and is easy to use. Clean up is quick and easy Easy to use and looks to do the job.

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  • 5 of 5 Stars  Boracare
    By D on November 3, 2014
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    I use it on trim and flooring, and all wood going into my shop for furniture projects, applying it with a garden sprayer to the backs of the material that is set up on multiple sawhorses. I always use it, having seen a powder post beetle infestation that ruined an antique Italian furniture collection.

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  • 3 of 5 Stars  Bora-care
    By Karen on October 21, 2014

    Material came in a timely manner. Read online reviews and took folk's suggestions to mix with very hot water...seemed to do the trick as the material mixed well with the warm water and we had no trouble spraying. It's an expensive product and we used a lot more than we thought we would need. As far as "how did the product do?".... It will take a year or so to see if we have more powder post beetle problems, so my rating will be a conservative 3.

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  • 5 of 5 Stars  Excellent Product, Excellent Service
    By Sheryl on October 21, 2014
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    When the little termite guys decided to move into my construction site my husband and I wanted to find a DIY but safe method of evicting them. We purchased Boracare and within a day of spraying all of the trails went dead. No deadly to human chemicals needed, so needless to say we were very happy with the product! To add to that the customer service from DMyOPC is exemplary! Cheers and Thank You!

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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?

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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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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?

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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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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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January 10, 2015 Chris from Powell asked:

QWhat ratio should I use for pretreatment
Am I really supposed to use a whole gallon of boracare with 1 gallon of water...depending on what I have to do that can get as expensive as a liquid soil treatment...help me out with this one please...thanks

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For most pre-treatments, you will do a 5:1 ratio. You will use 1 gallon of Bora-Care to 5 gallons of hot water.

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.

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January 10, 2015 Chris from Powell asked:

QWhat ratio should I use for pretreatment
Am I really supposed to use a whole gallon of boracare with 1 gallon of water...depending on what I have to do that can get as expensive as a liquid soil treatment...help me out with this one please...thanks

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Boracare is not meant to be used as soil treatment product and should not be used in that way. Boracare is only labeld to treat termites, wood destroying insects, powderpost beetles on raw undtreated wood. For preventative treatments, mix at 5:1 ratio and 1:1 ratio for active treatments. 

Termidor SC is the best product for soil barrier treatments and will last 10 years in the soil. Please take a look at Termite Control Articles here and How To Do Your Own Termite Treatment Article for more detailed information.  

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December 26, 2014 Jay from Reno, Nv asked:

QWhy didn't Bora-Care soak into my new OSB floor?
I recently treated a floor with Bora-Care. The floor was standard, new, untreated OSB flooring (no stains). I applied Bora-Care with a sprayer at a 1:1 ratio; Bora-Care/hot water were well-mixed in a separate container, not in the sprayer. The temperature of the air around the floor at the time of treatment was 50-55 degrees F, and it did not freeze for several days after that. Now, several days after treatment, there are small syrup-like "puddles" of Bora-Care in different places across the floor that did not seem to soak into the OSB. The puddles are still liquid. Any idea how I can fix the puddling problem so that the floor dries like it should?

A We have not heard of this issue before. Therefore, we would recommend that you contact the manufacturer, Nisus for further assistance. Nisus may be reached at 800-264-0870.

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December 24, 2014 Robert from Arlington, Tx asked:

QPenetrate stained window frame?
I am pretty sure that I have a powderpost beetle infestation in a window frame that was stained 5 years ago but not sealed as far as I know. Another website says this: "However, stain by itself will not stop Boracare from penetrating. If it has weathered for a year or two, than applying Boracare before you next apply some stain would be best." So would it be worth a try to treat with Boracare before going to the trouble of stripping and restaining the wood?

A In order to get the full benefits of using Boracare, the label states it is to be used on raw untreated wood. We recommend sanding or stripping the wood, then applying the Boracare

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December 16, 2014 Robert asked:

QWhat do I use for Powder Post Beetles and how much for 2500 square for house.
I had a company drop a tent over my house and Deck to fumigate it for powder post beetles. From what I can tell they are still there, or new ones have taken their place. Does this product kill these things and keep them at bay for a while. If so how much do I need, how often to use it and what climate conditions, is it safe.

A We are not very familiar with the process of tenting a home and how it affects the powder post beetles, their larvae thats in the wood, and if it prevents at all or just kills the ones within it. This would be a question you would definitely want to consult with the company that did the treatment on to find out how their treatment was supposed to work for your home. Typically if a customer was not tenting their home and had powder post beetles somewhere within it, you would only treat the wood that has them currently in it with a product like Boracare. Boracare is a wood treatment product that will absorb all the way into the wood and will kill any insects that are currently infesting it as well as last for the life of the wood to protect it from any future wood destroying insects like powder post beetles and termites. Boracare must be applied to raw wood only though so you cannot apply it to any beams or wood that has been painted, stained or finished in any way as it will not soak into the wood. If the wood you need to treat has paint or some finish on it, you would either need to remove it by stripping it or sanding it and apply the Boracare to the raw wood before refinishing it, or use a product like Jecta which is for sealed wood and is drilled and injected into the wood. Even after applying a product like Boracare to all sides of the infested raw wood (ideal situation) you can often still see signs of activity of the powder post beetles for a few years after treatment. This is because the product works through ingestion so as the larvae emerge from the wood (which is whenever they are good and ready) they eat the wood on their way out and ingest it and die. No new adults will be able to leave them in any holes in the wood as again, once they ingest it they will die. Normally tenting is used when the whole home is so infested with Powder Post Beetles that treating with products like Boracare and Jecta would be unreasonable. Please review over our article on treating for Powder Post Beetles and let us know if you have any questions.

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December 12, 2014 Jose from Los Cabos Mexico asked:

QWould Bora-Care work on Sheetrock or concreate to prevent mold?
If so, can it be painted with latex based paints?

A The regular Bora Care will not prevent mold growth. However, the Bora Care with Mold Care will kill and prevent future mold growth on a variety of surfaces including wood, cellulosic drywall (sheetrock), and concrete. You may paint surfaces after you have treated with Bora Care with Mold Care and allowed it to fully dry whichshould take about 72 hours.

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November 24, 2014 Barry from Plain City asked:

QWhen I opened my bottle most of the product is hard. Will mixing it dissolve the product in the water.

A

Boracare should not be hard. When was this product purchased? Did you get this from us?

Please give us a call, and we would be happy to assist you with your product. Our phone number is 866-581-7378. Our hours are Monday-Friday 9-5 EST. You are also welcomed to respond to this email.

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November 24, 2014 Terry from Makanda, Il asked:

QPowerpost beetles in rough cut oak .
I have some rough cut white oak hardwood that is being air dried. It is slabe cut and has the natural edges of the tree. There seems to be powderpost beetles in the sapwood. Several questions 1) Should I plane the wood to final size before treating with Boracare? Boards will end up in the 3/4 or 7/8" thick size. 2) Can I paint Boracare on the oak? 3) Should I treat both sides? 4) What mixture percentage is best? 5) How long should I wait after treating with Boracare before staining the oak wood? 6) Since I am storing the oak with other hardwoods (black locust and hickory) in the air dry garage, should I treat this wood also?

A Yes, you should cut the wood to the final size before treating with Boracare. You do not want to waste the product on wood that will not be used. Yes, Boracare can be painted on the oak. Yes, you can treat both sides. You will use a 1:1 ratio of Boracare for an active infestation. Once the product is dry, you can do whatever you want with the wood, such as staining it. If you would like to treat the other wood, you can. If you have not seen activity though, it may not be necessary. Let me know if you have any additional questions.

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November 10, 2014 Rick from Niceville, Fl asked:

QDo you have inserts to be placed in walls for repeat injections of termiticides?
I am trying to decide how I will treat the header of our house for Formosan termite attacks. We have what one contractor called a conducive condition in that he believes that the insulation wrapping our house is not a sufficient moisture barrier. This was the excuse used by Terminix to not fully cover damage. Lord willing, I will inject each wall void with BoraCare as a foam, which brings up another question: How do I calculate the required volume of BoaraCare foam to fill the voids? In other words, how much expansion should I anticipate per say gallon of 1:1 mix of BoraCare with ProFoam? I will be using a Chapin 1 gallon foamer - all supplies have been purchased from you all already. Another question: I read somewhere where one can place inserts in wood that can the used to inject termiticides, BoraCare (NOT as a foam, but as aqueous mix). I did not find them on your site. Maybe they are not necessary, but I wonder if they would make it neater for application. I realize that this drilling in to header from inside the house (brick outside beyond the wood framing), but this place (Bluewater Bay, in Niceville, FL) is horrible- ~$21,000 damage last year, maybe the same this year. We have had a new roof put a couple of weeks ago. I purchased a Termatrac T3i and have used that successfully to find an infestation that I have some professionals treating (not Terminix, of course- we learned about them the hard way).

A I'm going to try and answer this as simply as possible but if any of it doesnt make sense please call in as it may be easier to explain over the phone. If you use boracare, in either its liquid or foam form and appy it to raw natural wood, it will absorb into the wood, become one with the wood, and last for the life of the wood. This means one proper application of Boracare will eliminate any termites currently in the wood and protect it from any future termite infestations for the life of the wood. Basicaly if a colony comes along in the future and tries to start taking up residence in a piece you have thoroughly treated with Boracare, it will die once it starts consuming the wood and ingesting the Boracare. Active infesatation rate is 1:1, preventative is 5:1. If you choose to foam you would want to use about 4 ounces of the Pro Foam concentrate to each gallon of mixture in the Chapin foamer of Boracare and water. That is a good rate for an even expansion. That being said, you should not be trying to fill the entire void. No exterminator would do that or even consider doing that even if you wanted to pay them to. The proper way to do it is to drill holes on either side of any stud, frame, or header and allow the foam to run down the sides of the wood and absorb in and expand as close to the wood as possible. You want it to aborb into the wood, not the insulation. Also, I am not aware of any inserts like what you mentioned on the market. 

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November 9, 2014 Terri from Cardiff, Ca asked:

QHow can I tell if Boracare is being absorbed as needed versus evaporating?
I want to treat my 50 year old tongue and groove ceiling which has some termites. The wood has a transparent stain on it that doesn't seem water repellant. How can I tell if the Boracare is being absorbed adequately? Stripping the entire ceiling or drilling holes throughout would be an enormous job so I would like to try Boracare on a small area and see whether it is going to work before deciding what to do with the rest.

A If there is any type of stain on the wood you are treating, Boracare will not absorb properly. The wood will need to be sanded down in order to treat the wood. You do not need to drill holes into the wood in order to apply Boracare. You can either paint it on or use a sprayer. For what you are doing, painting Boracare on the wood would likely be the easiest. Once it is dry, you can apply a second coat for added protection. Once that has dried, the wood can be stained again.

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