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Bora-Care is a borate-based product that provides prevention and control of Termites, Carpenter Ants, Powderpost Beetles and Decay Fungi. Bora-Care 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 Bora-Care 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

Bora-Care cannot be applied to any live trees or plants.

How Bora-Care Works

Bora-Care 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 Bora-Care, 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 Bora-Care: 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

Bora-Care provides prevention and control of Termites, Carpenter Ants, Powderpost Beetles and Decay Fungi. Bora-Care can be used on all cellulosic materials including wood, plywood, particle board, paper, oriented strand board (OSB), cardboard, and wood composite structural components. Since Bora-Care is applied directly to the wood, it can be used in areas where environmental contamination is of concern. The active ingredient in Bora-Care 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.

Bora-Care is most frequently used for pre-construction or post-construction preventative treatment of listed wood-infesting pests on structures. Bora-Care can also be used for remedial treatment of active infestations, such as in attics for treatment of drywood termites. Bora-Care 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, Bora-Care also can be used on concrete to prevent termite tubing.

ACTIVE INGREDIENT: Disodium Octaborate Tetrahydrate (Borate) 40%

Bora-Care Application Instructions

Bora-Care can be sprayed, brushed or foamed onto bare wood surfaces and voids. The product cannot be fogged. Wood treated with Bora-Care will appear darker than normal for a few days until the chemical dries in. Bora-Care will not affect the paint or staining of the wood. Wood treated with Bora-Care is non-toxic to humans and animals. Bora-Care 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 Bora-Care 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 Bora-Care needed for your application.

Standard Application Dilution rates / Mixing Ratios for Bora-Care:

*1:1 parts water to Bora-Care – 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 Bora-Care – 16% - foaming or misting application for termites or carpenter ants; hardwood floors for some wood-infesting beetles

*3:1 parts water to Bora-Care – 13% - remedial control of Fungi and Algae on wood less than 4 inches thick

*5:1 parts water to Bora-Care – 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 Bora-Care 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 Bora-Care) 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.

*Bora-Care may be applied by misting or foaming at high expansion rates into inaccessible wall voids, wall studs, and wood members. (Bora-Care 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. Bora-Care 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 Bora-Care 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 Bora-Care, 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.

*Bora-Care 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. Bora-Care 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 Bora-Care 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.

Storm and Water Damage Steps

STEP 1: Remove all wet and unsalvageable building material from the site.

STEP 2: Completely dry the remaining affected areas.

STEP 3: Spray Bora-Care according to the label application directions on all structural wood and building material, including concrete, block walls, foundation penetrations and sheet rock. Allow to dry before rebuilding.

Under ideal conditions, Bora-Care penetrates wood over a 4-6 week period and remains for the life of the wood.

Protecting Structures From Moisture and Fungi After Flooding Steps

STEP 1: Wear appropriate protective gear and make sure the electricity and HVAC are off.

STEP 2: Begin removing mud, flooded furniture, appliances, carpets, and flooring.

STEP 3: Clean thoroughly and disinfect with an appropriate EPA registered disinfectant, sanitizer and virucide like Nisus DSV.

STEP 4: Cut out sheet rock 2 feet above the highest water line to allow for proper drying.

STEP 5: Open doors and windows to begin circulating fresh air. Use fans and dehumidifiers if available.

STEP 6: Use a moisture meter to determine when wood is 19% or less moisture content.

STEP 7: Treat all exposed wood using Bora-Care with Mold-Care in a 5:1 Solution.

STEP 8: Apply termite protection with a 2 foot band treatment using Bora-Care in a 1:1 solution. Once dry, the home is ready for repair.

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  • 129 of 155 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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  • 123 of 128 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 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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  • 74 of 78 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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  • 47 of 49 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!

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  • 43 of 49 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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  • 28 of 28 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Professional
    By Patrick in Bristol, TN on 05/15/2014

    I'm a professional. They make Boracare with mold control, so if you're doing the understructure of a home (wet, soggy, moldy) you might want to go a few bucks extra and get that, but this is excellent product. Try to do it in warm weather or make sure the product isn't cold. It's like molasses and it has to be mixed vigorously with water. Some rental places will rent a little 15 gallon tank sprayer with a mixer in it. So you can mix it 4:1. All I can tall you is it is 100% safe and it's less toxic then table salt! but of you're and insect or fungus! you're dead for about the next two decades. People with allergies have told me that after we sprayed the fungus in their Crawlspace, they never went back to the doctor. Doctors don't tell their patients to have their crawlspaces checked for fungus. Wanna know why? It's a bit sticky, but washes off. Our installers didn't even wear a mask, but you should. It's a 100% natural product. When we used it as a termiticide, we gave homeowners a ten year warranty against termites, but it kills everything (ants, flying insects, fungus, earwigs) no odor no danger's boric acid which is 100% safe. I can't say enough about this stuff. Except it's going to be difficult to spray from a sprayer. After spraying you have to run pure water through or it will set up inside the hose etc.... You really have to rinse and re rinse the sprayer after use. But it's worth the effort.

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  • 36 of 37 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Review Upgrade
    By Anonymous in Coconut Creek, FL on 08/10/2011

    I posted my original review of Boracare nearly a year ago (Sept 16, 2010) after using it in an attempt to save my antique cabinetmaker's workbench from a severe powderpost beetle infestation. I actually thought the situation was hopeless but bought and tried the product anyway. At that time I gave it a three-star rating because I had no way of knowing if it would work as advertised, or even if it would work at all. As I wrote then, I was "still not absolutely convinced that the powderpost beetle infestation is a thing of the past." Only time would tell. Now, nearly a year after giving my my workbench the Boracare treatment and using it every day, I have seen absolutely no further evidence of any insect infestation. Boracare DOES work as advertised and I couldn't be more pleased with the product. I am therefore upgrading my original rating from three to five stars. Well done and an hearty thank you to Boracare and

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  • 31 of 32 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Boracare application
    By Jason in Redondo Beach, CA on 12/20/2010

    Sprayed 4 gallons of Boracare a few weeks ago. Had no problem mixing with hot water and a paint mixer attachment for the drill. Regular chemical sprayer worked fine and I covered the entire 1200ft 2 structure in a few hours. It soaked in after a few days and only left sticky drops on the vinyl windows that could be washed off easily. Wear a face shield as some of the spray will drip down from the ceiling joists.

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  • 19 of 20 people found this review helpful:

    4 of 5 stars  poweder post beatles
    By Stan in Tallahassee, Florida on 10/14/2010
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    Material came as planned. Video on how to use was very good. I did not add color since I was spraying joists under house and figured it would get on me due to wind. Seems to be working very well. Dust signs greatly reduced. However, some over spray got on my boat and motor. Fiberglass boat cleaned up fine but motor has some spots on it from spray. I should have moved the boat further away-glad it was not my truck. Basically happy with product and performance since I was told by two companies I would have to tent the house.

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  • 25 of 29 people found this review helpful:

    3 of 5 stars  Boracare
    By Anonymous in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on 09/16/2010

    Recently a friend gave me a beautiful 19th century cabinetmaker's workbench made of thick, heavy maple timbers. My friend warned me that it might be infested with ants but two days later the appearance of fresh frass on its surface indicated an infestation of powderpost beetles. Running the face of one of the vise jaws over my jointer revealed a network of canals and living powderpost beetle larvae. Not wanting to convert this great antique to firewood, I searched the internet for any possible remedy. My search was initally quite discouraging until I started running across recommendations for Boracare. Despite the glowing reviews I read, I was not inclined to spend so much money on a product that sold for around $100 a gallon on some web sites. Persistence finally brought me to which advertised the same product for about three-quarters the cost of its competitors with the added incentive of FREE SHIPPING. Since the workbench itself cost me nothing, I decided to risk $77.45 on the outside chance that the piece could be saved and placed my order. I then prepared the workbench by thoroughly power sanding every exposed surface to remove any dirt, old glue, dried finish, the 100 or more year old oxidation patina, and anything else on the surface that might prevent the solution from being optimally absorbed. Several days later when the Boracare arrived, I followed the directions that came with it and gave the workbench two complete coats of the solution. That was two and one-half weeks ago and I have since seen no signs of any insect infestation. However, I will continue to give it close daily inspections before initiating any restoration work. So far I am greatly encouraged but still not absolutely convinced that the powderpost beetle infestation is a thing of the past.

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  • 28 of 32 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  The "Final Solution," paraphrasing a comment from WWII
    By Charles in California on 09/06/2010
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    I had used two toxic sprays on walnut which was infested with pencil post beetles and termites, to no avail. I had my lumber drying shed tented, commercially, specifically for pencil post beetles-- again to no long term success. I finally brushed each board with Boracare, and replaced the wood in the drying shed. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED, short and long term!

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  • 20 of 22 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Boracare
    By Louie in Culver City, Ca on 09/01/2010
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    I used Boracare on my open beam ceiling because I had termites. Boracare really works. The termite droppings are gone.

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  • 22 of 23 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Boracare seems safe to use
    By Larry in Oceanside, CA on 07/27/2010
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    I can use Boracare and Bifen IT, products I purchased from, for several hours at a time and not feel any adverse effects on myself during or after using these. Since I just applied Boracare, I don't know yet how effective it is. I used it and Bifen IT together for remedial work to correct for termite damage. I know Bifen IT is effective on termites and works fast, but I don't know how long it will last for long term protection. Boracare is supposed to provide permanent protection. When all the remedial work is done, I will use it for long term preventive care of the rest of my house by applying it to rafter boards in the attic, where the dry wood termites are likely to attack. In our area, dry wood termites are aggressive and everywhere, so preventive care is the way to go-- it is less expensive and a lot less work to prevent termites than to do the remedial work that can require the replacement of boards. I'm on my second gallon of Boracare, and will need a 3rd gallon to finish the preventive work.

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  • 20 of 22 people found this review helpful:

    2 of 5 stars  I'll try it again?
    By Todd in Griffin, Georgia on 06/27/2010
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    I have a nice 35' x 45' shop built of rough cut lumber. About 2 years ago I noticed the Powder Post Beetles were starting to eat into the board and battin walls and now they are in the framing timbors. In November I treated the wood with 75 pounds of TimBor treatment. This took care of probably 30% of the Beetles. One month ago I treated half the shop with 2 gallons of Bora-Care. Still I'm finding powder piles throughout the shop. I'm going to order 2 more gallons and hope for the best....

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  • 21 of 21 people found this review helpful:

    4 of 5 stars  Worked great!
    By Bonnie in Salt Lake City, UT on 06/08/2010
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    Time will tell...but so far...the little critters seem to have left! I have a beautiful French Antique that has been in the same spot for 14 years and never had any problems with it..then the little 'holes and powder' stated to one where I live had the chemicals I needed for me to do it. Boracare was the answer...I wish they sold it in smaller quantities..'cause now I have tons left...and hopefully will not have to use it!

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QWhat is the difference between Bora-Care and Timbor that makes the price of Bora-Care cost so much more?
They both seem to control the same pests. Container size appears the same. Is Bora-Care more highly concentrated therefore dilutes to cover more? I am confused. Can these be applied by a novice? What protection must one take?


Bora-Care and Timbor are both borate products used to treat wood, but they could not be more different.  Timbor is in a powder form that is mixed with water.  It is much less expensive but it is intended more for protecting new wood only, or wood that you know does not have any issues.  Timbor will only penetrate the outer layer of the wood so it is more for protection or for treating fungus on the surface of the wood. 

If you have an active infestation of termites, powder-post beetles or wood borers deep inside the wood then Timbor would not make it through the wood to kill these insects.  BoraCare is a liquid borate but has an additive, a glycol solution, which allows the product to penetrate through the entire piece of wood, therefore it should be used any time you have an active infestation because you are guaranteed it will kill anything in the wood no matter how deep it is.  Also, BoraCare will last forever in the wood so you will never have to worry about any infestations in the wood that you treat ever again. 

Just to recap if you have an existing infestation, you should use Bora-Care.  If you are just treating wood to be used in new construction or surface fungus, then Timbor is fine to use.  Both products are very safe, virtually odorless and do not require respirators unless you are in a enclosed space with no ventilation.  You should always wear gloves and protect your eyes anytime you apply pesticides or herbicides.  All you need to apply either product is a one or two gallon hand pump sprayer.  Timbor is used at 1.5 lbs of Timbor to each gallon of water.  Bora-Care is mixed 1:1, one gallon of Bora-Care to one gallon of water which will make two finished gallons. Both products should be mixed in a 5 gallon bucket and then poured in your sprayer to use.  We sell these products to homeowners every day and they are very successful treating their issues and you can have great success too.  Remember that we are always here to help.  Good Luck!

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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?


Since you have droppings then that means dry wood termites is your issue and you probably live in CA or FL.  If you see droppings then there are "kick out"holes which you should be able to find on the wood where the termites that are inside the wood are kicking out their pellets onto the floor.  This will help you zero in on the wood that you are treating. 

Both Termidor SC (fipronil for termites) and Bora-Care will work, but Bora-Care is typically the better one to use for this situation. Termidor SC is not a wood treatment product, so for it to work you have to drill holes EXACTLY where the termites are and it has to touch the termites to work.  If you miss where they are, it will not work.  Also, Termidor SC does not really have any residual in the wood, so after you treat inside the wood with Termidor SC and it dries, that wood is exposed for future termite and beetle infestations.


Bora-Care is usually the preferred choice if most of the wood is exposed and it is raw wood you are treating, meaning it is not painted, stained, or sealed, it is just normal wood.  Bora-Care is made only for wood, and you do not have to know exactly where the termites are for it to work which is a plus.  Bora-Care is sprayed evenly over all exposed surfaces of the wood and actually penetrates through the entire piece of wood.  When the termites in the wood try to consume the wood after it has been treated, they ingest the Bora-Care with the wood and die.  No matter where they are in the wood the Bora-Care will find them as long as you treated the exposed wood that you can see.  The other main benefit is that Bora-Care stays in the wood forever, so you will not have to worry about termites or beetles infesting the wood that you treated ever again.


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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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12/31/2012 Chris from Fl

Qis Boracare toxic?

ABoracare is known to be a green product and less toxic than many other wood preservative products. Having said that, any product that has the ability to kill insects and fungus does have some level of toxicity. We recommend that you read the product lable and the MSDS to determine if you are comfortable with the level of toxicity of Boracare. Once dry, Boracare is known to be less toxic than common table salt.

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05/18/2012 Ellen from Fullerton , Ca

QIs Boracare pet safe?
will boracare be safe to use around cats and dogs

ABora-Care is a very safe product and it is considered a green product as well.  Typically, it takes about an hour for the surface of the wood to dry.  After application has dried completely, it should be perfectly fine for children and pets to re-enter the house. Please read the BoraCare product label for complete usage instructions.

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06/06/2011 Jon

QHow long does Bora-Care take to dry on wood surfaces?
Hi, What's the normal drying time after applying Bora-Care before you can touch and paint any of the treated wood areas? Also, how many applications of Bora-Care should you apply to any bare wood surfaces in order for Bora-Care to sink deep into the wood you're treating so that it can protect from all future infestations and or any existing infestation that might be current? Thank you!

AYou should allow areas treated with Bora-Care to dry for 24-48 hours before touching or painting them. Most applicators apply two coats of Bora-Care for best results.

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05/26/2011 Define

QHow long does Bora-Care need to kill an active powderpost beetle infestation?
I treated reclaimed oak with Bora-Care and am still seeing dust piles on the wood two weeks later. I used a 1:1 mixing ratio and soaked the lumber. Do I need to apply more than once?

AIt depends on the thickness of the wood and the moisture content of the wood.  Powder Post Beetles can be very deep into the wood.  Bora-Care can take up to 30 days or more to penetrate all the way through a piece of wood and this will vary depending on how thick the wood is and the moisture content.  So 2 weeks has definitely not been long enough.  You should only need two coats if the wood you were treating was thicker than 8 inches.  You should give it at least another 3 weeks, and even then it could take a little longer if the beetles are all the way in the center of the wood.

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05/04/2011 Dvorah

QCan we actually use a do it yourself treatment against Drywood termites? If so how?
We see no evidence inside the home, but the professionals saw droppings in wood that is attached to the outside of our home.

ABoth Termidor and Bora-Care are good for treating drywood termites.  They do it in different ways though.  Termidor is considered to be one of the best treatments around, however it is typically meant for subterranean termites and it is poured into the ground.  When using Termidor to treat drywood termites you have to drill holes into the wood and get the Termidor directly into the void where the termites are for it to work. Termidor will not penetrate through the word, you have to get it in the right place.  Also, Termidor does not have any long term protection qualities in the wood.  Bora-Care is a wood treatment product and will penetrate through the wood. When applying Bora-Care you do not have to get it directly where the termites are.  You would typically just spray it on the surface of the wood and the Bora-Care will penetrate through the wood and kill the termites inside.  Also, since Bora-Care is a wood treatment product, it will stay in the wood forever and protect it forever.  The down side is that Bora-Care can only be applied to normal raw wood.  It cannot be applied to wood that has been painted, stained, or sealed.  So, if you are exposing the studs or normal wood anywhere on the house or replacing any wood then usually Bora-Care is what you want to use since it will protect the wood long term.  If you have an infestation in wood that is painted and you will not be replacing it, then typically you would drill holes into the wood and use Termidor

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04/12/2011 Ferdinand

QCan I spray Termidor SC on the wood studs to prevent wood from getting termites?
I want to use a termite spray inside the wall on the wooden studs before the wall is closed with insulation and drywall to prevent it from getting termites etc. But till now I see that Termidor is one of the best spray but I read that it can only be used outside. PS. I'm building a extra room inside my porch and I want to treat all the walls (studs) with a termite spray.

ATermidor SC will not penetrate wood and the residual left behind will only last for about 6 weeks at most. You need to use Bora-Care for your application. Bora-Care will penetrate several inches in to the wood and it will last for the life of the wood.

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02/21/2011 B.

QWhat is the shelf life of Bora-Care?

AUndiluted Bora-Care should be used within three years of the date of purchase. Once diluted Bora-Care should be used immediately. Bora-Care that 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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12/12/2010 Renee

QWhere can I buy Bora-Care? Local retailers?

ARight here on our site of course! Bora-Care is professional grade product and is not available over the counter in stores. We do offer a low price guarantee and free shipping to most states.

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11/08/2010 Carol

QWhat can I foam with Bora-Care that will kill an active infestation of drywood termites on contact?
I will be foaming my wall voids with Bora-Care, and I would like to add a non- repellent termiticide that will kill on contact to quickly kill an active infestation of drywood termites around my window frames. Any suggestions? Also, I do have roaches and carpenter ants that live within the walls of the there a non repellent treatment that would work for all these pests that can be effectively mixed with Bora- Care as a foam?

ABora-Care alone will kill the dry wood termites very effectively.  Non-repellents do not kill on contact.  They have a delay kill which is what you want for termites.  Bora-Care will kill termites much faster than a non-repellent product which can take up to 90 days to kill the termite colony.  We suggest just using Bora-Care since it is the #1 treatment on the market for dry wood termites.

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04/03/2010 William

QWhat is the coverage of Bora-Care per gallon? I have to spray 66 lineal feet of 2x4's used for roof furring.

AOne gallon of Bora-Care mixed with one gallon of water will make two finished gallons.  These two finished gallons of Bora-Care will treat 1200 lineal feet of 2x4 sized wood, treating all exposed sides.  Remember you do not need to over apply the product, just enough to wet the surface of the wood.

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