BORACARE (Bora care) is a borate-based product that provides prevention and control of Termites, Carpenter Ants, Powderpost Beetles and Decay Fungi. Boracare can be used on all cellulosic materials including wood, plywood, particle board, paper, oriented strand board (OSB), cardboard, and wood composite structural components. If you are looking to kill and prevent mold, please see BORACARE with MOLD-CARE. Also, a dye can be added to the Bora-Care solution when treating studs or wood inside wall voids called Turf Mark Blue.
|Active Ingredient:||Disodium Octaborate Tetrahydrate (Borate) 40%|
|Target pests:||Wood Destroying Fungus, Termite Control and wood-destroying insects such as termites, carpenter ants, powderpost beetles, etc.|
|Application:||For powder post beetles, Boracare must be used on untreated wood. It is preferred over other treatments such as timbor in treating furniture because Boracare dries clear and will leave the furniture in its natural state. It will also absorb much further into the wood so you know the infestation is treated. Boracare is diluted with water at a 1:1 - 1:5 ratio depending on the pest you are targeting.|
|Yield:||One gallon of Bora-Care will treat approximately 100 lineal feet of 2 x 4 stud wall. This includes sill plate and header. For other dimensional lumber, logs, or siding and plywood, please see the product label to the left. Typically, one gallon of concentrate Bora-Care will treat 800 square feet of a 2x4 stud wall, and 500 square feet of a crawl space or attic.|
|NOT FOR SALE TO:||NY|
|Coverage Area:||Post construction and active infestations use rate is 1:1|
Preventative use rate is 5:1
|Manufactured By:||Nisus (UPC: 616609111025)|
How Bora Care Works
Boracare contains an inorganic borate salt, soluble in water, with insecticidal and fungicidal properties effective against wood destroying organisms. A patented carrier system allows Bora-Care’s active ingredient to diffuse into wood. This system makes Bora-Care more effective than products designed to treat only the wood’s surface. It is particularly suited for seasoned or kiln dried wood.
Bora-Care provides double protection by acting as both a toxicant via ingestion and a deterrent to termite tubing. This means that termites are kept out of structures, preventing wood damage. When termites or other wood-destroying insects ingest BoraCare, the borate active ingredient poisons the microorganisms in the insects’ digestive tracks that are needed to break down the cellulose in the wood. Essentially, it causes the insects to starve to death. Insects have shown no ability to develop resistance to borates.
Bora Care Target Pests
Wood destroying fungus, termites, carpenter ants, wood-destroying beetles such as powder post beetles
PESTS CONTROLLED WITH BORACARE: Subterranean Termites (Reticulitermes, Heterotermes), Formosan Termites (Coptotermes), Drywood Termites (Kalotermes, Incisitermes), Dampwood Termites (Zootermopsis, Neotermes), Powderpost Beetles (Lyctidae, Bostrichidae), Anobiid Beetles (Anobiidae), Old House Borers, Longhorn Beetles (Cerambycidae, Hylotrupes), Ambrosia Beetles (Platypodidae, Scolytidae), Carpenter Ants (Camponotus), Decay Fungi (Rot), Brown Rot (including dry rot), White Rot, Wood Decay, Algae
Target Uses of Bora Care
BORACARE provides prevention and control of Termites, Carpenter Ants, Powderpost Beetles and Decay Fungi. Boracare can be used on all cellulosic materials including wood, plywood, particle board, paper, oriented strand board (OSB), cardboard, and wood composite structural components. Since Boracare is applied directly to the wood, it can be used in areas where environmental contamination is of concern. The active ingredient in Boracare is an inorganic salt and once in place will not decompose or volatilize out of the wood. Treatment is long lasting as long as the treated material is not exposed to rain, continuous water or ground contact.
Boracare is most frequently used for pre-construction or post-construction preventative treatment of listed wood-infesting pests on structures. Boracare can also be used for remedial treatment of active infestations, such as in attics for treatment of drywood termites. Boracare can also be used to treat wooden items like interior trims or furniture, provided there is no stain, paint, or similar finish on the items. In addition to cellulosic materials, Boracare also can be used on concrete to prevent termite tubing.
ACTIVE INGREDIENT: Disodium Octaborate Tetrahydrate (Borate) 40%
Bora Care Application Instructions
Boracare can be sprayed, brushed or foamed onto bare wood surfaces and voids. The product cannot be fogged. Wood treated with BoraCare will appear darker than normal for a few days until the chemical dries in. Boracare will not affect the paint or staining of the wood. Wood treated with Boracare is non-toxic to humans and animals. Boracare must be diluted with hot water in a bucket and then added to your sprayer. Failure to pre-mix in a bucket will cause your sprayer to clog.
Mixing – The use of an impeller-type mixer that can be used with an electric drill aids the dilution process. Always mix in a separate container then add the solution to a spray tank. Use 1:1, 2:1, and 3:1 solutions within 24 hours after mixing. 5:1 solutions will remain stable for up to 30 days. Do not leave unused solution under pressure or in tank overnight.
*Always read the product label completely before use.
The yield of Boracare varies greatly depending on use and total volume of wood to be treated (not just surface area). Typically, one gallon of concentrate at a 1:1 ratio will treat 800 square feet of a 2x4 stud wall or 500 square feet of a crawl space or attic. On non-cellulosic materials, one gallon of finished solution treats 400 square feet of surface area.
For siding and paneling, one gallon of concentrate at a 1:1 ratio will treat 800 square feet of 1” wood by spraying only one side. If siding or paneling is ½” thick, the same amount of solution treats 1,600 square feet.
*See product label and supplements for charts and worksheets to aid in calculating the amount of Boracare needed for your application.
Standard Application Dilution rates / Mixing Ratios for Boracare:
*1:1 parts water to Boracare – 23% - active infestations, post-construction applications; application to wood more than 4 inches thick for wood-infesting beetles or Fungi or Algae
*2:1 parts water to Boracare – 16% - foaming or misting application for termites or carpenter ants; hardwood floors for some wood-infesting beetles
*3:1 parts water to Boracare – 13% - remedial control of Fungi and Algae on wood less than 4 inches thick
*5:1 parts water to Boracare – 9% - most preventative or pre-construction treatments
See Remedial Injection Bulletin for an easy flow chart of ratios for existing construction treatments.
Bora Care is for use in the following areas:
Homes, Apartments, Garages, Museums, Public and Private Institutions, Schools, Hotels, Hospitals, Kennels, Stables, Farm Buildings, Trucks, Trailers, Warehouses, Non-Food Areas of Supermarkets, Restaurants and Food Processing Plants
Surfaces: All non-food contact surface cellulosic materials including wood, plywood, particle board, paper, oriented strand board (OSB), cardboard (non-food packaging material), wood composite structural components, concrete, block, brick, metals, PVC plumbing pipes and other non-cellulosic materials found in structures.
Use Bora-Care on new construction. For termite pretreatments, simply spray a two-foot tall continuous barrier directly to the wood using a tank sprayer or portable backpack sprayer. This includes the walls, piers, interior slab or basement walls, plumbing penetrations, pipe chases, bath traps, and any other foundation penetrations. Treating this way insures that all termite entry-points are treated. You can also use Bora-Care as a whole-house treatment for general pest protection to prevent infestations of decay fungi and wood destroying pests such as drywood termites and destroying beetles.
Remedial Wood Structure Treatment – Spray and/or inject Boracare solution into beetle holes, termite and carpenter ant galleries and decay pockets. Apply 1 coat of solution to the point of surface saturation to all infested and susceptible wood, paying particular attention to infested areas. Apply 2 coats to those wood members with only one or two exposed sides. Wait at least 20 minutes between applications.
Wood Flooring (Remedial Treatment) – Treat by spray, brush or roller application. Prior to application, remove any existing finish by complete coarse sanding or stripping. Use a 2:1 (water to Boracare) solution at a rate of approximately one gallon of solution per 500 square feet of floor surface. Two coats may be required for termite infestations, waiting at least 1 hour between applications. Moisture content must be 10% or less before applying final finish.
*Boracare may be applied by misting or foaming at high expansion rates into inaccessible wall voids, wall studs, and wood members. (Boracare cannot be used in fogging machines.) See product label for complete details.
Preventative treatment – For framed wood surfaces above ground, apply a 1:1 solution. Treat remainder of structural wood in a 5:1 solution. Concentrate application in areas susceptible to attack, to include all sills, plates, floor joists, piers, girders and subfloors. Treat all exterior wood including siding, facias, soffits, eaves, roofing, porches, decks and railing. If Bora-Care is the sole preventative treatment for subterranean termites, a 1:1 solution must be used.
Buildings on crawl spaces and basements (preventative and pretreatment) – Use a 1:1 solution and apply in a 2 foot uninterrupted band to all structural wood surfaces in crawl spaces and basements. To prevent termite shelter tubes on crawlspace walls, apply to concrete or block walls in a 2 foot band up from the ground on interior wall surfaces. Apply at the rate of one gallon to 400 square feet of surface area.
Please read the label for more instructions.
*Do not use to directly treat soil.
All exterior wood - DO NOT APPLY IN RAIN OR SNOW. Do not expose treated exterior wood surfaces to rain or snow for at least 48 hours after treatment. For longer performance, exterior wood surfaces will require a topcoating with a water-resistant finish such as paint or exterior stain. Apply within 6 weeks of treatment. Boracare must dry completely (at least 48 hours) before applying any protective topcoat.
Treatment of exterior wood surfaces less than 2 inches thick, such as decks, sheds and fences – Apply only to bare wood or to wood surfaces where an intact water repellent or finish is not present. Remove paint or finish prior to application. Apply one coat of solution to all wood surfaces. Apply two coats to heavily infested areas and to those surfaces where access is limited to 1 or 2 sides of wood members.
Exterior wood thicker than 2 inches, Logs, timbers, beams, etc. – Use a 1:1 Boracare solution to all surfaces. Treat bare wood only. Refer to application charts for specific sizes of logs or beams. Typically, 2 coats are required to treat round logs 10” or greater in diameter and rectangular logs larger than 6” x 12”. Wait at least 1 hour between applications.
When treating around the exterior of structures, cover and protect shrubbery and plants that may be potentially exposed to Boracare, since it may be phytotoxic to plants.
Bora Care Features
*Pretreatments can be done IN ONE TRIP. No need to worry about weather delays or pumping chemicals into the soil, crews can remain on the job site during treatment, and treatment will last for many years.
*Absorbs all the way into wood for the most complete borate treatment available.
*Dries clear, doesn’t affect future painting or staining of wood surfaces.
*Emits no VOCs (volatile organic compounds).
*Qualifies builders for LEED for Homes points as well as points in many other green building programs.
*Boracare is the only borate-based termiticide that is EPA-registered as a primary perimeter termite pretreatment for new construction with its own product-specific field efficacy studies.
*Bora-Care remains for the life of the treated wood, so no retreatments are necessary (provided wood is not exposed to rain, continuous water, or in contact with the ground).
Extra Tips for Using Bora Care
*Always pre-mix in a separate container before filling spray equipment.
*Use only on raw wood materials. Boracare will not penetrate paint, stain, or sealants.
*Older wood boring beetle larvae and especially pupae already present in the wood at the time of treatment may occasionally emerge sometime after treatment.
*If finished surface appearance is a concern, a wood cleaner such as Mold-Clean may be used prior to Boracare treatment.
*The rate at which Bora-Care is absorbed varies depending on the thickness of the wood and, particularly, the moisture content of the treated wood. Higher moisture content will allow for more rapid absorption.
* An appropriate dye or colorant such as Turf Mark Blue may be added to the solution when diluting Bora-Care with water to make it easier to see where Bora-Care has been applied.
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98 of 119 people found this review helpful:
I wouldn't buy this again
By Doris in Springfield, MO on April 27, 2010
I had my home sprayed with this for the wood post beetles and they were gone...until today they came back. For over a week not a single one was sighted. This does work on contact but the reason that I bought this product was because it claimed to kill up to twelve months...I didn't even get twelve days of peace.
95 of 99 people found this review helpful:
Bora-Care is the BEST!
By Michael in Atlanta, GA on January 11, 2010
I had a termite control company give me an estimate to spot treat my drywood termites and it was astronomical! I found that DoMyOwnPestControl.com had the same product Boracare for a fraction of the cost. I treated my infestation using the recommendations on the website and now I have a termite free home and more money in my pocket!
51 of 54 people found this review helpful:
Easy to mix and use, and I don't get sick
By Larry in Oceanside, CA on June 8, 2010
I have used half a gallon for remediation of dry wood termites on fascia boards by using 1:1 and 1:2 dilutions applied to bare wood and by injecting in drilled holes where the wood is covered by paint. I like this product as well as the Bifen IT, as they are fairly non-toxic to people and animals. I can use both of them extensively without feeling ill effects myself. I added Bifen IT to the Boracare solution to get a 0.12% Bifen IT concentration (double strength). The Bifen IT works as an quick termiticide and the Boracare provides long term protection. Now that I have stopped the active infestations, I can take my time and protect the rest of my house's fascia, rafter and joist board ends with simply painting a 1:5 Boracare dilution on the ends of the boards (where dry wood termites enter). I will need a 2nd gallon of Boracare to protect the entire house and will be ordering soon. For approximately $200 of products from Domyownpestcontrol, I will have done the remediation work and the whole house protection. This has been a lot of work, but I have saved many thousands of dollars, plus I can take my time and know that the job is done right.
36 of 38 people found this review helpful:
Bora-Care Product Review
By Patrick in La Mesa, CA on April 29, 2010
I don't know why the wood adjacent to my bath tub wet wall was moist? There were no leaks and the plumbing vent to the roof was well sealed. Condensation? The bath drainpipe and water inlets come up through a hole in the slab. The subterranean termite varmints tunneled 10' or 40' under the house slab and surfaced at this point of exposed earth attracted by the moist wood. They swarmed the first warm days in Spring. I treated the exposed earth area with the Dominion 2L termiticide and then filled it with sand. I treated the slab, wood framing, floor and molding with a 2:1 mixture of BoraCare. I sprayed BoraCare down from the attic and drilled holes in the walls where there was no other access. I will finish by treating the ground around the house with Dominion 2L. My problem appears to be solved for under $200. Thanks DoMyOwnPestControl.com!
33 of 38 people found this review helpful:
BoraCare user review
By Kevin in batavia, ohio on May 8, 2010
Used product on wall studs, when I was repairing a wall due to termite damage. My project lasted about three days. I used a 1:1 mix and I did not pay too much attention to the one day usage. The product crystalized in my sprayer - took awhile to clean the sprayer.
By Rob in Black Mountain on April 2, 2015
It was easy enough to use. I just followed the instructions, and sprayed it on the wall cavities, and on some old logs in a cabin. I will let you know in 10 years, how well it keeps back pests, and mold.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful:
Sticky but easy to use
By Linda in Canton, GA on February 5, 2015
This stuff is like cornsyrup but once it is diluted with hot water it is very easy to use. I have to brush it on overhead logs in my log home and I thought I was going to have a drippy, sticky mess. I was VERY surprised at how little it actually drips, goes on very easily and cleans up with water. I would recommend application with a brush or roller - a sprayer is much more messy ( I used that outside)
By Michael in Los Angeles on January 27, 2015
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.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful:
Boracare seems to have worked
By Bryan in Houston, TX on December 1, 2014
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.
By Linda in Canton, GA on November 25, 2014
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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By Green in santa Ana ca on November 19, 2014
Low toxicity excellent for termite control and so much more just be patient and read label how to mix properly
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By Charles in Nogales, AZ on November 17, 2014
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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By Philip in River Ridge, LA on November 13, 2014
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.
So far so good
By Michael in Raleigh on November 6, 2014
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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By D in Athens Alabama on November 3, 2014
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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March 2, 2010 E. asked:
QWhat is the difference between Bora-Care and Timbor that makes the price of Bora-Care cost so much more?
They both seem to control the same pests. Container size appears the same. Is Bora-Care more highly concentrated therefore dilutes to cover more? I am confused. Can these be applied by a novice? What protection must one take?
A Bora-Care and Timbor are both borate products used to treat wood, but they could not be more different. Timbor is in a powder form that is mixed with water. It is much less expensive but it is intended more for protecting new wood only, or wood that you know does not have any issues. Timbor will only penetrate the outer layer of the wood so it is more for protection or for treating fungus on the surface of the wood. If you have an active infestation of termites, powder-post beetles or wood borers deep inside the wood then Timbor would not make it through the wood to kill these insects. BoraCare is a liquid borate but has an additive, a glycol solution, which allows the product to penetrate through the entire piece of wood, therefore it should be used any time you have an active infestation because you are guaranteed it will kill anything in the wood no matter how deep it is. Also, BoraCare will last forever in the wood so you will never have to worry about any infestations in the wood that you treat ever again. Just to recap if you have an existing infestation, you should use Bora-Care. If you are just treating wood to be used in new construction or surface fungus, then Timbor is fine to use. Both products are very safe, virtually odorless and do not require respirators unless you are in a enclosed space with no ventilation. You should always wear gloves and protect your eyes anytime you apply pesticides or herbicides. All you need to apply either product is a one or two gallon hand pump sprayer. Timbor is used at 1.5 lbs of Timbor to each gallon of water. Bora-Care is mixed 1:1, one gallon of Bora-Care to one gallon of water which will make two finished gallons. Both products should be mixed in a 5 gallon bucket and then poured in your sprayer to use. We sell these products to homeowners every day and they are very successful treating their issues and you can have great success too. Remember that we are always here to help. Good Luck!
Bora-Care and Timbor are both borate products used to treat wood, but they could not be more different. Timbor is in a powder form that is mixed with water. It is much less expensive but it is intended more for protecting new wood only, or wood that you know does not have any issues. Timbor will only penetrate the outer layer of the wood so it is more for protection or for treating fungus on the surface of the wood.
If you have an active infestation of termites, powder-post beetles or wood borers deep inside the wood then Timbor would not make it through the wood to kill these insects. BoraCare is a liquid borate but has an additive, a glycol solution, which allows the product to penetrate through the entire piece of wood, therefore it should be used any time you have an active infestation because you are guaranteed it will kill anything in the wood no matter how deep it is. Also, BoraCare will last forever in the wood so you will never have to worry about any infestations in the wood that you treat ever again.
Just to recap if you have an existing infestation, you should use Bora-Care. If you are just treating wood to be used in new construction or surface fungus, then Timbor is fine to use. Both products are very safe, virtually odorless and do not require respirators unless you are in a enclosed space with no ventilation. You should always wear gloves and protect your eyes anytime you apply pesticides or herbicides. All you need to apply either product is a one or two gallon hand pump sprayer. Timbor is used at 1.5 lbs of Timbor to each gallon of water. Bora-Care is mixed 1:1, one gallon of Bora-Care to one gallon of water which will make two finished gallons. Both products should be mixed in a 5 gallon bucket and then poured in your sprayer to use. We sell these products to homeowners every day and they are very successful treating their issues and you can have great success too. Remember that we are always here to help. Good Luck!
February 12, 2011 Michael asked:
QTermidor vs. Bora-Care - Which one should I use for dry wood termites?
I have dry wood termites in my home, and I am wondering if i should use Termidor or Bora-Care?
A Since you have droppings then that means dry wood termites is your issue and you probably live in CA or FL. If you see droppings then there are "kick out"holes which you should be able to find on the wood where the termites that are inside the wood are kicking out their pellets onto the floor. This will help you zero in on the wood that you are treating. Both Termidor SC (fipronil for termites) and Bora-Care will work, but Bora-Care is typically the better one to use for this situation. Termidor SC is not a wood treatment product, so for it to work you have to drill holes EXACTLY where the termites are and it has to touch the termites to work. If you miss where they are, it will not work. Also, Termidor SC does not really have any residual in the wood, so after you treat inside the wood with Termidor SC and it dries, that wood is exposed for future termite and beetle infestations. Bora-Care is usually the preferred choice if most of the wood is exposed and it is raw wood you are treating, meaning it is not painted, stained, or sealed, it is just normal wood. Bora-Care is made only for wood, and you do not have to know exactly where the termites are for it to work which is a plus. Bora-Care is sprayed evenly over all exposed surfaces of the wood and actually penetrates through the entire piece of wood. When the termites in the wood try to consume the wood after it has been treated, they ingest the Bora-Care with the wood and die. No matter where they are in the wood the Bora-Care will find them as long as you treated the exposed wood that you can see. The other main benefit is that Bora-Care stays in the wood forever, so you will not have to worry about termites or beetles infesting the wood that you treated ever again.
Since you have droppings then that means dry wood termites is your issue and you probably live in CA or FL. If you see droppings then there are "kick out"holes which you should be able to find on the wood where the termites that are inside the wood are kicking out their pellets onto the floor. This will help you zero in on the wood that you are treating.
Both Termidor SC (fipronil for termites) and Bora-Care will work, but Bora-Care is typically the better one to use for this situation. Termidor SC is not a wood treatment product, so for it to work you have to drill holes EXACTLY where the termites are and it has to touch the termites to work. If you miss where they are, it will not work. Also, Termidor SC does not really have any residual in the wood, so after you treat inside the wood with Termidor SC and it dries, that wood is exposed for future termite and beetle infestations.
Bora-Care is usually the preferred choice if most of the wood is exposed and it is raw wood you are treating, meaning it is not painted, stained, or sealed, it is just normal wood. Bora-Care is made only for wood, and you do not have to know exactly where the termites are for it to work which is a plus. Bora-Care is sprayed evenly over all exposed surfaces of the wood and actually penetrates through the entire piece of wood. When the termites in the wood try to consume the wood after it has been treated, they ingest the Bora-Care with the wood and die. No matter where they are in the wood the Bora-Care will find them as long as you treated the exposed wood that you can see. The other main benefit is that Bora-Care stays in the wood forever, so you will not have to worry about termites or beetles infesting the wood that you treated ever again.
December 17, 2009 Lloyd asked:
QOnce Bora-Care is applied on raw wood, can the wood be painted at a later date?
AYes. Wood treated with Bora-Care can be painted, stained or sealed once it is dry which usually takes 24 hours.
December 2, 2009 Joe asked:
QMy house is approx. 2000 sq ft of crawl space. How much Bora-Care would I need for the job?
AHow much Bora-Care you need depends more on the size of the wood you are treating than just square footage. Also, it's the lineal footage of the wood more than square footage. Here is a link to a worksheet that you can fill out and it should give you the correct amount needed based on the size of wood you have and how much you need to treat. Typically, each gallon of Bora-Care, after mixed 1:1 with water, will treat about 1000 square feet of space, but if you have larger sized wood (for example: 2 x 8 instead of 2 x 4), then one gallon of Bora-Care may only treat 800 square feet. The worksheet should be able to get you an exact estimate.
June 10, 2011 William asked:
QCan Bora-Care be used on "pressure-treated" wood if it is not painted, or stained?
ANo, Bora-Care will not work on pressure treated wood either. Pressure treated wood is made to not let moisture into it, and since Bora-Care depends on moisture to allow it to penetrate through the wood it will not work on pressure treated wood. Bora-Care will only work on raw wood. Wood that is not painted, stained, sealed, or pressure treated. Also, pressure treated wood prevents against all of the things that Bora-Care does anyways, so it does not need to be treated.
May 16, 2015
Luke from Middletown Ct asked:
QWill Bora care work for an active infestation?
I pulled a small section off of a mud tube in my house and I can see termites moving in it. Is bora care a good product to use to get the termites to take something back to the colony and kill them all or should I use something else?
A First, it sounds like you may have Subterranean termites. You would do a completely different treatment for them,please see Barrier treatment. Boracare will work well to protect the wood itself. You can apply it for an active wood boring insect problem at a 1:1 ratio.
May 14, 2015
Dale from Aiken,sc asked:
QCan I apply Bora-Care to osb?
May 8, 2015
Joe from Plano, Tx asked:
QBoracare - efficacy on wood stored outside but out of rain
In several answers, it is stated that Boracare "evaporates" from treated wood that is outside but not sealed. That doesn't make sense to me because Boracare is a borate salt that penetrates the wood. If the wood is stored outside, but under a roof that keeps it dry, a single treatment should last indefinitely, it would seem to me. If the wood is exposed to rain, I'd expect the salt would eventually leach out. Is my understanding correct? I have maple slabs, some of which still have bark that I'd like to preserve. The maple had powder post beetles. A first application of Boracare seems to have decimated all the beetles save for one site which I will hit again, but I wonder. Is the Boracare penetrating completely through the bark into the underlying layers of wood?
A Boracare does penetrate through the wood. If the raw wood is not directly being rained on, it will last for the life of the wood. That is the reason why it is important to use a sealant on the wood if it will can potentially be rained on. It does not require that a sealant be used though.
May 6, 2015 Chris asked:
QPowder Post Beetle Active Infestation
I'm reasonable sure that the infestation is powder post beetles and have sent two beetles to an entomologist for identification. In the mean time, what should I do to control them? I have suspend, bifen and taurus on hand. Could I inject any of these into the holes, let it dry, plug the holes, and then apply a light localized spray? I bought and installed the #2 grade 3/4 unfinished walnut plank (or strip) flooring from a salvage store about three years ago. The flooring was labeled and I was able to identify the NW Pacific manufacturer, which has since gone out of business. My house is on a slab, but has 2x10 floor joists. The subfloor is 3/4 plywood. Roof tar paper was used between the subfloor and the hardwood. The floor was sanded, stained, and top coated with 3 layers. The infestation is limited to lighter colored boards (sapwood?) and maybe a few exit holes in the darker (heartwood?) boards.There is currently fras around exit holes in three boards, and 2 to 3 fras covered holes each day. I might have seen fras the previous spring, but didn't think anything about it because I was installing tile during that time. One board has a few dozen exit holes, while the other boards have only a handful.
A Boracare is the best treatment option for any type of wood destroying insect including powder post beetles. However, no matter how new or old the wood is Boracare can only be used on wood in its raw natural state. If the wood has any type of stain or finish on them you would need to either sand it off and apply Boracare and re-stain it, or drill holes periodically through the areas where you have activity and inject Boracare into the center of the wood. Please let us know if you have any other questions.
May 4, 2015
Lawrence from Freeland asked:
QWill Boracare application prior to staining be effective for powder post beetles?
I have cleaned fir siding down to bare wood surface. I am now planning on applying TWP 1500 series stain.
April 28, 2015
Daniel from Columbia Sc asked:
QI have noticed saw dust on my wood fence and assume it is carpenter ants. What do you recommend to treat them?
A Assuming that you are treating carpenter ants, you can apply Bora-Care to any areas that have an active infestation of powder post beetles, termites or carpenter ants. It will need to be treated at the rate of 1:1 and all other areas where there is no activity can be used 5:1. Once the Boracare has been applied to the fence, you will need to seal/stain/paint it to keep the rain from slowly washing it away over the years. If sealed, the Boracare will last for the life of the wood after application. Please let us know if you have any other questions.
April 27, 2015
Karriem from New Haven Ct. asked:
QI have raw unfinished 5/4 x 4 x 10 t&g fir flooring I'm gonna use on a covered porch.
Can I use Bora-Care in a troth to soak my boards to prevent them from rotting in the future? If so, how long should I wait to paint and install after soaking?
A Bora-Care can be applied to raw wood and once it is completely dried can be painted or stained and sealed (especially if it is on wood outside). It should be applied as a spray or painted on the wood not soaked in a container. Did you want to treat an animal trough as well?
April 23, 2015
Dwayne from Millsboro,de. asked:
QI'm having my crawl space treated and the contractor is using Boracare. Will there be an odor?
April 21, 2015
Chris from Marietta, Ok asked:
QHow do we keep termites out of a barn?
We recently purchased a property that had a termite problem in the past and is surrounded by Oak Trees. I plan to use Dominion around the house and shed, but the barn is exposed wood beams and old telephone poles. We will be enclosing the barn and insulating it for horses, and would like to protect the wooden beams. What should we do to keep the termites out of the rafters and support beams?
A Dominion is a great choice to put up your perimeter treatment. You would want to treat the beams and rafters with Boracare. You can spray or paint the mixture on.
April 19, 2015
John from Greensboro asked:
QDoes Bora-Care come in a smaller quantity?
A Currently, Bora-Care is only offered in a gallon size concentrated container.