Bora-Care - Questions & Answers

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  • Asked by Jerry
    09/17/2010
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    How do I treat wood with Bora-Care that is underneath drywall where I see breakout points?
    I've been told I have drywood termites, but there is not much exposed wood (it's mostly covered by drywall). How can I treat this?
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    The only way to get Bora-Care into the wood is to either tear off the sheet rock or drill holes through the drywall into the wood directly. When drilling holes into a stud, you have to drill them every 6 inches apart and drill the hole into the center of the wood at a downward angle so when you fill the hole with Bora-Care it does not run out.  The wood will soak up the Bora-Care once you inject it.  The key to treating drywood termites is that you have to get the product into the void exactly where the termites are.
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  • Asked by Paul from Dade, Florida
    09/19/2011
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    Can I apply Boracare with a paint brush? What should I do with left over solution? Can it be stored?
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    Boracare is labeled to be applied with a paint brush. 1:1, 1:2, 1:3 and 1:4 mixture ratios must be used within 24 hours to prevent the product from degrading. A 1:5 mixture ratio can remain stable for up to 30 days. You should do your best to only mix enough solution for the job you are doing that day to prevent having to discard any solution. Any unused solution can be dumped out right up against the foundation of the structure taking care not to get it on plants.
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  • Asked by Dave from Murfreesboro, Tn
    07/21/2013
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    Can Bora-Care be used for carpenter bee control?
    Will Bora-Care treated wood used for building a deck prevent Carpenter Bees?
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    Boracare is not labeled for carpenter bee control as the boracare must be ingested to affect the insect. Carpenter bees only tear away at the wood, they dont eat it like termites do so they normally will not be affected. Carpenter bees are normally less attracted to treated wood but even after sealing the wood, you could use a residual spray like Cyonara 9.7 to spray across the deck to kill them just from landing on the treated surface. The Boracare however is THE product to use on wood for life long control of wood destroying insects like termites and carpenter ants as well as wood destroying fungus. Please let us know if you have any other questions.
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  • Asked by Hank from Springfield, Mo
    01/25/2012
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    Does Boracare kill on contact or ingestion? Will the termites carry the Boracare back to colony?
    Active termites within the wood
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    Boracare works by ingestion. Boracare will not be carried back to the colony. You can inject a product with a transfer effect such as Premise Foam directly into the wood to kill the existing termites and also the termites back at the colony. After 90 days you can then treat the wood with Boracare to protect it from future infestations.
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  • Asked by Robert from Max Meadows Va
    10/10/2012
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    Do I need to remove the Insulation in crawl space to spray bora care?
    I had my crawl space sprayed by a contractor which stopped the wood fungus with Bora-Care,but not before it weaken the floor joist.I have a lifetime guarantee from the pest contractor. I have since had all floor joist sister ed with new floor joist.(not treated) they suggest we spray the new joist just for good measure, but they tell me we do not need to remove the insulation between joist.that the fungus would only grow up to the insulation anyways. Does that sound right.
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    No, it does not sound right.  The only way to properly protect all wood under the crawl space is to remove the insulation, treat all exposed wood, and then put the insulation back.  Fungus is not your only issue in a crawl space.  There is also usually the threat of termites and powder post beetles as well.  If i was taking the time to treat under the crawl space, if it were me, i would take the extra time and make sure it was all treated adequately.
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  • Asked by Kevin
    05/13/2011
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    How do I rid my home of drywood termites?
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    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 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 does not really have any residual in the wood, so after you treat inside the wood with Termidor 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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  • Asked by Shane from Lakewood, Ca
    05/02/2014
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    How to handle wood that has been treated 48 hours ago with Boracare?
    I have treated lumber for a patio cover with bora care. What precautions do I need to use handling the lumber after the 48 drying time?
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    We really recommend to allow Boracare to dry for 72 hours after application. After 72 hours you can sand, saw, whatever you would like to do with the wood.
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  • Asked by Rene from El Granada, California
    08/05/2012
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    Is there an attachment for a paint sprayer to pressure inject Bora-Care into studs.
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    Most of our customers that have tried using paint guns, or similar small attachments, end up clogging the nozzles because of the thickness of Bora-Care.  Most people just use a standard sprayer, turning the nozzle to a pin stream, and inject it that way.
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  • Asked by Denny
    11/17/2010
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    What is the shelf life of Bora-Care once it is mixed?
    I mixed a ratio of 1:1 Bora-Care with water, but I had a half gallon left over. How can I store the extra mix of Bora-Care solution? How long can I store it for before using it again?
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    Any left over Bora-Care can not be stored. 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. You should dump any extra mixture right up against the foundation of your house (away from any plants as borates will kill plants). Be sure to thoroughly rinse your sprayer to avoid leaving any Bora-Care residue that can potentially clog the nozzle or hose.
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  • Asked by Adam from Kansas
    03/02/2013
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    Will insulation inside wall voids hinder the effectiveness of Boracare?
    I do not want to remove all of the drywall in order to remove insulation to treat the wood. Will pumping foam into the wall voids through small holes work?
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    You can foam Boracare 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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  • Asked by Jay from Lehigh Valley, Pa
    07/19/2015
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    How do I remove a crystal-like residue from Boracare treatment?
    I applied Boracare to beams and stair tread with active powder post beetles. I applied two coats and it took about a week to dry. I now have a crystal residue on the unfinished wood. How can I clean the crystal residue so that I can apply the stains and oil finish?
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    Boracare can create a crystal-like residue if heavily applied. You can wipe the residue away with water and soap. 

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  • Asked by Tina from Vermont
    09/11/2015
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    How long will Bora Care take to work?
    I have applied Bora Care to my shed, but am still seeing little piles of sawdust in places that I cleaned thoroughly.
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    Bora-Care will take at least 30 days usually to diffuse through the entire piece of wood.  This of course depends on the thickness and moisture content of the wood.  It starts to work as soon as it begins to penetrate the wood it is applied to.  You may continue to see activity in wood that has a prior infestation as Boracare works by ingestion so will only kill the insects that are actively eating the wood and ingest the product.  If there are dormant beetles that are not active, but become active later, let's say next year, you could see new activity at that time, but they will die once they start eating since Bora-Care stays in the wood forever.  It is common to see activity at a later date since beetles are not all active at the same time.

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  • Asked by Dave from Naples, Fl
    04/07/2016
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    How long does it take for Boracare to kill drywood termites after treatment of wood trusses and plywood?
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    Bora-Care will take up to 30 days or more to penetrate all the way through the wood and eliminate a drywood termite colony in the wood.

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  • Asked by Neil from Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii
    01/20/2015
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    Boracare in Hawaii ? Can Boracare be shipped to Hawaii, if not can someone suggest a similar alternative ?
    I am currently working on some beautiful Monkeypod here that I got from someone giving it away as firewood but I've noticed little mounds of dried wood coming up on the surface of a table I'm making and noticed some small ant-looking bugs crawling around the wood. Can someone suggest a good alternative to Boracare here in Hawaii please ?
    A
    Boracare is not restricted to Hawaii. We can ship to you!  
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  • Asked by Rick from Princeton Wv
    02/28/2014
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    What is Boracare's effect on existing fasteners in subfloors and joists?
    Since Boracare is a Boric Salt Solution will it cause existing nails and or screws to corrode in my subfloor plywood, joists or wall studs?
    A
    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.
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  • Asked by Lee from Fremont, California
    06/29/2015
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    Is Boracare harmful? Do I have to leave the house while treatment? If so, how long do I have to stay away
    A
    Depending on where you are applying Boracare, we would recommend using a respirator mask. We would also recommend leaving the area until the product has had time to dry. Generally, this could take 4-5 hours depending on the amount of product that was applied.
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  • Asked by Mimi
    07/08/2010
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    How long does it take Bora-Care to penetrate wood? I know it depends on thickness, but in general how long?
    I sprayed Bora-Care under the garage. I now have mold, so I know it did not dry enough. I need to treat under house, and I want to dry it with fans. I want to get the mold growth, but I do not want to interfere with penetration of Bora-Care. How long should I wait before trying to dry it out? Bora-Care with Mold Care is too toxic for me to want to use.
    A

    Just so you know, Bora-Care will not kill, treat, or prevent mold growth. It only works for fungus or wood destroying insects, not mold.  Only Bora-Care with Mold Care will treat and kill and prevent mold.  Bora-Care will take at least 30 days usually to diffuse through the entire piece of wood.  This of course depends on the thickness and moisture content of the wood.  The outer layer though usually dries within 24 hours or at least is OK after 24 hours to treat again or apply a stain or sealant to the wood. 

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  • Asked by Ryan from Zanesfield, Oh
    03/18/2012
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    Can Bora care be applied using foam agent?
    I live in a subterranean home i really do not want to have to rip out all the walls to treat. am I able to drill holes in the walls and foam boracare? if I am do i have to fill the wall cavity with foam? i am also treating the outside with Dominion 2L. But i would like to give them a double punch.. thank you
    A
    Bora-Care is the best product to use for termites in wall voids.  If you are foaming for termites, then you should not be concerned about foaming an entire wall void.  You should only be concerned about getting the foam near the wood and studs.  Typically when a company foams walls, they drill holes at the top of the ceiling on either side of the studs and foam down the stud from the ceiling.  This way you have gravity working in your favor and you are getting the foam against the wood which is all that matters.  You will need a foaming agent and a poly foamer to perform the treatment in addition to the Bora-Care.
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  • Asked by Jason from Warren, Vt
    09/10/2015
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    How would you treat a 12" by 12" beam infested with powder post beetles?
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    If the beam is raw wood, you can treat all 4 sides using Boracare at 1:1 ratio. Boracare will penetrate into the wood and will kill active Powder post beetles. 

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  • Asked by Chris from Charleston, Sc
    07/30/2013
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    What is the mixing ratio of Boracare?
    directions for mixing boracare in sprayer
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    The mixing ratio of Boracare depends on if you have a current wood boring pest you are treating. If you do, we recommend mixing at a 1:1 ratio. If you are using Boracare as a preventative you can mix at a 1:5 ratio.
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