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Bora-Care

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.

YIELD:

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.

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 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.

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. 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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  • 172 of 200 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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  • 158 of 164 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Bora-Care is the BEST!
    By Michael in Atlanta, GA on 01/11/2010
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    I had a termite control company give me an estimate to spot treat my drywood termites and it was astronomical! I found that DoMyOwnPestControl.com had the same product Boracare for a fraction of the cost. I treated my infestation using the recommendations on the website and now I have a termite free home and more money in my pocket!

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  • 102 of 106 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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  • 57 of 59 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Bora-Care Product Review
    By Patrick in La Mesa, CA on 04/29/2010
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    I don't know why the wood adjacent to my bath tub wet wall was moist?  There were no leaks and the plumbing vent to the roof was well sealed.  Condensation?  The bath drainpipe and water inlets come up through a hole in the slab. The subterranean termite varmints tunneled 10' or 40' under the house slab and surfaced at this point of exposed earth attracted by the moist wood. They swarmed the first warm days in Spring. I treated the exposed earth area with the Dominion 2L termiticide and then filled it with sand. I treated the slab, wood framing, floor and molding with a 2:1 mixture of BoraCare. I sprayed BoraCare down from the attic and drilled holes in the walls where there was no other access. I will finish by treating the ground around the house with Dominion 2L. My problem appears to be solved for under $200. Thanks DoMyOwnPestControl.com!

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  • 54 of 61 people found this review helpful:

    4 of 5 stars  BoraCare user review
    By Kevin in batavia, ohio on 05/08/2010
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    Used product on wall studs, when I was repairing a wall due to termite damage. My project lasted about three days. I used a 1:1 mix and I did not pay too much attention to the one day usage. The product crystalized in my sprayer - took awhile to clean the sprayer.

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  • 5 of 5 stars  Easy to apply! Worth the peace of mind, esp where can't see
    By Ds in Oakland CA on 12/01/2017

    I especially appreciated how quickly this product arrived JIT to use before my contractor covered over the area I wanted to spray. I had carefully researched this relatively non-toxic to humans product, and sprayed it on my sills and studs and sheathing before nailing the ply sheathing into place on my cripple wall in my crawl space as a seismic precaution. If it works like it says it does, I wont have to worry about what I now can't see because the plywood covering that now obscures my view of any termite tunnels. Use hot water to mix! Worked with a cheap 16$ sprayer and with a paint brush. A gallon goes a long way.

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  • 5 of 5 stars  Did it myself
    By Larry in Fort Walton Beach, FL on 11/24/2017

    As far as I can tell it is working great. Easy to apply. Saved me a hundreds of $.

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  • 2 of 5 stars  molassis
    By Joseph in Walker, wv on 11/10/2017

    Someone should warn buyers. This stuff is so thick that it WILL plug up a garden sprayer. It does not mix with water easily and you will get a plugged up sprayer. It is super thick.. much thicker than honey.

    Expert Response   Expert response:
    Thank you for your response! Boracare is a very thick liquid, which is why the mixing instructions on the product label advise to use an impeller-type mixer to mix your solution in a separate container first, and then put your finished solution into your sprayer. If you try to mix the product by shaking right in your sprayer, you will not get a consistent solution. Please let us know if we can further assist you!

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  • 2 of 5 stars  Bora-Care
    By Lou in Raleigh on 10/20/2017

    Easy to mix, easy to apply. Results won't be known until next summer when we open up our summer house.

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  • 5 of 5 stars  Good and Great
    By Richard in St. Petersburg Fl on 10/04/2017

    Good Product great price!

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  This product is working as they say, no active infestation o
    By Russ in Lompoc, CA on 09/06/2017

    I purchased 2 gallons to treat Redwood Fences. Some of the wood was imbedded in dirt so had other infestation as well. It's been 2 weeks since I replaced the bad rails and damaged boards, then mixed a quart 1:1, spraying about 30LF of fence, and so far so good. This product is working as they say, no active infestation of any sort. I stained one side of the fence so the Bora-care is now under the stain and in the wood, but if I ever need to re-apply I'll do the other side of the fence. I plan on doing the other sections of fence in the next few weeks. Now that I see how easy this is and how well it works, I will use it when painting my house (that has no infestation). I'll spray all the house's fascia & rafter tail ends with a 1:5 Bora-care solution before I apply the paint. That 2 gallons of Bora-care cost less than $200, and that protects the fences and the house. My neighbor replaced their fences, spending thousands of dollars, mine are better protected, look better, and cost me about $500 total. I highly recommend Bora-care at domyownpestcontrol.com.

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Bora-Care
    By Roger in Louisville, Ohio on 08/26/2017

    Bora-Care gave me excellent control of powder post beetles in a hunting cabin built with beams from an old barn. They had attacked both the lower and upper levels of the cabin. Bora-Care was easy to apply and only one application was needed. The owner recommended me for another job.

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Works Well
    By Sockmonkey in Fishers, IN on 08/26/2017

    I mixed it according to directions. It worked great. I'm glad I read the label where it said that hot water can be used for ease of mixing! This stuff has the consistency of Karo syrup, and the hot water really helped mix. After application, small Bark Borers came out that I hadn't even seen.

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  • 5 of 5 stars  Excellent product
    By Jeffrey in Graham on 08/24/2017

    Excellent product

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Excellent service and product
    By Marina in woodacre, CA on 08/17/2017

    I am very pleased with the service of DoMyOwn, I ordered Bora-Care and needed it quickly, so I chose next-day shipping: it shipped almost immediately and arrived the next day (whereas other vendors are slow to package and ship so next-day is not really received next-day even though you pay for it). The product performed exactly as described: we mixed and sprayed it as directed, the results are great. A+rating from me.

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03/02/2010 E.

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

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

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

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

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02/12/2011 Michael

QTermidor vs. Bora-Care - Which one should I use for dry wood termites?
I have dry wood termites in my home, and I am wondering if i should use Termidor or Bora-Care?

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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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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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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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12/02/2009 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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Most Recent Customer Questions

11/12/2017 Jon from Westminster

QIs there a drywood termiticide (we see dead ones w wings a lot) that once one termite touches or eats it, it'll spread to the colony?

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Our liquid concentrate Taurus SC would be a great non-repellent that is great for soil applications for subterranean termites and is successful in termite colony eradication . Bora-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. For more helpful information, please check out our treatment article on How to Get Rid of Drywood Termites

 

 

 

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11/09/2017 Mike from Manahawkin, Nj

QCan I apply a mold killing primer after using Boracare?

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Yes, any primer can be applied after using Bora-care. We would recommend waiting until the product has dried completely before applying the primer.

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09/05/2017 Robbie from Wasilla, Alaska

QIs Bora-Care going to be helpful in eradicating carpenter ants?
Have home infestation of carpenter ants.

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Bora-Care should only be used to prevent carpenter ants. We do not recommend using it to treat a current infestation. Once the ant gallery has already been establsihed Boracare will not be very effective.  You can treat the current infestation by using our Carpenter Ant Kit indoors and Taurus SC (against the exterior of the structure) and Advance Carpenter Ant Bait around trailing sites, trees, structure, wood piles, etc. Please take a few moments to review our article on How to Get Rid of Carpenter Ants for a successful eradication program.

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08/29/2017 Bob from Midland

QCan I apply Bora-Care to select timbers after I've sprayed them with Timbor Professional and let it dry?

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Anytime you are treating exterior wood you should always use Bora-Care.  It will last longer in the wood than Timbor.  Also, Timbor can leave a powdery residue behind.  Bora-Care dries clear and will look better after finishing the wood with the stain. 

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08/24/2017 Steve from Aberdeen, Md

QCan insulation be placed against fresh sprayed Bora-care?
I will be pulling back the insulation and spraying bora care in my crawl space against the rim joist and floor joists and plywood floor. I will do this 2 feet in from the outside wall of the house. Can I put the insulation back in between the floor joists immediately after spraying Bora-Care?

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The insulation should be removed so that the Bora-Care can be applied directly to the wood. It is safe to place back once surfaces treated are completely dry. You can foam Bora-Care into the wall voids. The insulation may soak up a bit of the applications but here is how the pros handle it: You will need to use a stud finder to locate each stud. You should then drill a hole at the top of the wall on either side of each stud and you should drill a second set of holes at the bottom of the wall on either side of each stud. You will apply the foam using the top holes and you will know the foam has successfully coated the wood when it comes out of the bottom holes on either side of the studs.

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08/15/2017 Stacy from Boise, Id

QWhat does Bora-Care smell like?

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Bora-Care does not have an odor. 

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08/15/2017 Jake

QAfter I apply Bora-Care and Bora-Care with Mold-Care to my crawlspace and let it dry, can I spray other insecticides in the crawlspace as well?
Will any types of insecticides, such as the ones pest control companies routinely spray, reduce the effectiveness of the Bora-Care?

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Once the BoraCare and BoraCare with Mold Care have had time to dry, spraying a general purpose insecticde over the area would not affect the BoraCare application. 

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08/10/2017 Andrew from Singers Glen, Va

QWill pressure washing the wood prior to the application of Bora-Care or Timbor help or hurt with the penetration?
My old logs need cleaning before treatment.

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The raw, natural wood can be treated and dried completely prior to the application of Bora-Care or Timbor without disrupting the absorption.  

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07/26/2017 Kamp from Grand Rapids, Mi

QCan Bora-Care be used on partially treated wood?
I have 1/2" thick reclaimed wood. One side of the wood has a clear coat polyurethane on it. the other side is the raw wood. I noticed a powderpost beetle working its way out of the wood on the side I sealed. Now I want to treat the wood with Bora-Care. Can I just apply it to the side that is unfinished and it will work just fine seeing's how it is raw wood? Or, do I have to strip the polyurethane first and treat bora-care on both sides of the board.

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Bora-Care should only be applied to raw wood. It will not penetrate through any wood that has been pre-treated. Polyurethane is equivalent to applying paint, so the best process would indeed to be strip the finish and apply Boracare as this is the only product that will penetrate through the wood and eliminate the existing infestation and prevent future infestations.

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07/12/2017 Jim from Stacy

QWill Bora Care stain shingles or aluminum?

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We have spoken with the manufacturer of Bora-Care, Nisus, and they have stated that there is no problem with aluminum or any other metals with a Bora-Care application.  There have been over 1.5 million houses treated over the past 15 years with no reported adverse effects and we have also done direct corrosion studies with Bora-Care and aluminum that show no corrosion.  Bora-Care is not labeled to be applied to shingles.

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