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  • Asked by Karl from Winlock, Wa
    07/21/2014
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    Old House Wood Bore Finished Logs… Inject?
    I have a log home that was sand blasted and refinished about 4 years ago. I now see what I believe to be Old House Wood bore beetles coming out. I see reference to injection the product… how do you inject it… how far does it wick… how many holes do you have to do? The inside of ou logs are not treated.. can you treat from inside out? The are 12-20 inch round Doug Fir?
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    If the inside of the logs are not finished you can certainly apply a few coats of the Boracare from the inside but it is not guaranteed it will penetrate all the way through the wood with the finish on the other side. If you were injecting from the outside, another product made by Nisus like the Boracare woudl be better. The product is Jecta and is specifically designed to drill holes and treat finished wood that cant be stripped or sanded down for an application of Boracare. 
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  • Asked by Matt from Mooresville, In
    03/08/2018
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    Will Bora-Care penetrate unfaced foam insulation board?
    I've read that Bora-care will penetrate wood up to 4 inches thick, so I'm wondering if Bora-care technical department has determined whether BC will penetrate 2 inches of unfaced ridged foam board insulation. I installed 2" foam board against my crawl space block wall foundation a few years ago and am considering spraying the foam if BC will penetrate it and reach the face of the masonry block. Thanks
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     Per the product label, "Bora-Care solutions may be used on all non-food contact surface cellulosic materials including wood, plywood, particleboard, 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. Apply Bora-Care solutions only to bare wood, plywood, particleboard and other cellulosic materials where an intact water-repellent barrier, such as paint, stain or sealer, is not present."

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  • Asked by Bea from Queensland, Australia
    10/02/2018
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    Can Boracare be applied to timber? Do I water it down to spray it?
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    The mixture will be the same no matter what kind of wood you are treating. For an active infestation of any wood destroying insect you will mix Bora-Care  at the rate of 1:1. If there is no current activity of insects, you will use the preventative rate of 5:1.   You will need to mix the Boracare with hot water in a separate container first and mix well prior to putting it in a sprayer. Apply to all sides of the timbers. 

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  • Asked by Mike from West Palm Beach, Florida
    11/23/2019
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    Can I apply Bora-Care myself?
    We are an over 55 community located in Southern Florida can my maintenance staff legally apply boracare at our condominium? We have 418 units. I see the product in gallon containers can it be purchased in volume such as 55 gallon drums?
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    We apologize but would recommend you contact the local department that handles pesticide regulations to confirm any restrictions with the maintenance staff applying the Bora-Care.  This is usually your department of agriculture.  You are able to apply on your own home yourself, though.  The product is only available in the gallon size jug.

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  • Asked by P.
    04/15/2011
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    I would like to apply Bora-Care to the wood piers on my house.
    The piers are 8 inches thick and were treated when originally installed 40 years ago. How many coats will I need? Can the piers be stained afterward? The house sits up on piers that are 10 feet tall.
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    You do not need two coats of Bora-Care unless the piers are more than 10 inches thick.  You should mix at a ratio of 1 gallon of Bora-Care to 1 gallon of water.  You can paint, stain, or seal after the Bora-Care has had at least 24 hours to dry.
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  • Asked by Heather from Lexington
    08/06/2018
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    Will I need to buy special gloves and a face mask to apply Bora-Care indoors into my wood beams?
    In other words how do I keep myself safe from any harmful effects of this product? Thank you. :)
    A

    Anytime you’re applying chemicals, including Bora-Care, appropriate personal protection equipment is always recommended.  You can view our Basic Safety Kit to view the products recommended when applying chemicals.  

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  • Asked by Janet
    07/30/2012
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    What happens to Boracare on painted wood?
    I know Bonacare needs to be applied to raw wood to soak in. Lets say you had an enclosed eave (use to be an open eave...so it is painted; rafter tails, shiplap, fascia). Under the remodel the eave was sealed with more wood to make it an even slab and the attic vents were moved to underneath this slab. So now I have a wood tunnel that has been painted on the inside. The problem is attic vent screens are not sold to withstand critter entry, the holes are big enough for any bug to crawl in. I wanted to stick a sprayer inside the vent and spray Boracare everywhere. Would Boracare act as a seal on the painted wood? Lets say a termite crawls into the attic vent and wants to start eating into the painted wood, there would be a layer of dried Boracare on the wood right?
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    Boracare would just evaporate and degrade if left on painted surfaces and would not provide you with the kind of control you would need.
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  • Asked by Thomas from Crane Hill, Al
    04/22/2017
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    Can I pressure inject into large beams
    Drill hole and with pump inject into large 5" x 15" beams
    A

    Are you trying to treat an active infestation of something or prevention?

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  • Asked by Nicole from Atlanta, Ga
    05/24/2018
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    Can I use Bora Care on wood treated with copper napthenate?
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    After checking with the manufacturer, it is fine to use Bora-Care on wood treated with copper napthenate for added protection.  After treating with Bora-Care, you should allow the product to dry thoroughly and then paint or stain to lock the product in.

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  • Asked by Larry from Winchester, Va
    05/11/2017
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    Do you have recommended method to get rid of powder post beetle in a small 4"x4" wooden picture frame?
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    Does the picture frame hold any type of sentimental value? If it doesn't then we suggest tossing it out if infested with powder post beetles. If it does, you can make sure to sand down to the raw wood and apply a product such as Bora-Care on all sides of the wood. This only comes in a gallon concentrate size and that is a lot of product for this small object. Please let us know if you need anything else.

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  • Asked by Allen from Houma, La
    03/25/2019
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    Just put up bulk head against a pond. Is Bora-Care safe for the fish?
    Is it a good application for the treatment for the exposed wood outdoor and weather?
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    You need to be very careful about using any kind of termiticide around a body of water that contains fish or other aquatic life since most termiticides could harm the fish. Boracare can be used on the raw wood, then once the Boracare is dry, you would want to use a water sealant to protect the treatment. Be sure that you apply the Boracare away from the water so there is no runoff, overspray, etc. into the water.

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  • Asked by Nate from Southern California
    02/12/2014
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    Boracare application to double-layered hardwood flooring?
    I have signs of dry wood termites in my hardwood flooring. The home is very old, has no sub-flooring and the previous owner laid new hardwoods over the original hardwoods. I have noticed about 6 or 8 kick out holes and some minor amounts of droppings on the surface of the floor inside my home. I am assuming that the termites are coming from the underside of the flooring via the crawl space. The degree of infestation in the original flooring is not known at this time. So I guess my question is would BoraCare be effective in this application? Since there are two layers of hardwoods, would treating only the unfinished underside of the original flooring have any affect on the upper layer of hardwood flooring? If not, what product, if any, might be useful for treating the top layer of flooring? Thanks.
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    Bora-Care will only penetrate the wood that it is applied to.  If you want the top flooring to protected as well, you should treat those also as long as they are unfinished.  If your flooring is already finished with a stain and sealant, then you either have to sand off the finish and the re-finsh after applying Bora-Care, or you can drill holes into the infested pieces and inject Bora-Care.
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  • Asked by Stacy from Fort Wayne, In
    06/06/2018
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    Is Bora-Care the best product to use on barn wood prior to using indoors?
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    Yes, Bora-Care is the most effective wood preservative product to protect raw, untreated wood.  Bora-Care absorbs completely through the wood and will last the entire life of the wood. 

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  • Asked by Steve
    11/02/2019
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    How do I clean Boracare off of stained/varnished wood?
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    If Boracare overspray got onto any finished surfaces, then you should be able to clean those areas with warm, soapy water to remove any residue.

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  • Asked by Marvin from Matteson, Illinois
    08/14/2018
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    How do I exterminate wood borer beetles from stained wood with Bora-Care?
    This is on a board of deck railing made from new wood that was installed, allowed to dry and then stained this past September. Wood shavings and debris were first noticed about a month ago. Recently have noticed dead adult beetles which lead to the discovery of the exit hole on the underside if the board.
    A

    Bora-Care is definitely the very best product to treat for powder post beetles.  If the wood is stained, it will need to be sanded and stripped down to it’s original raw state.  The idea is to ensure the Bora Care penetrates all the way through to the center of the wood so it lasts the life time of the wood.  Powder post beetles can remain dormant inside wood for sometimes up to 30 years.  So it’s very important to treat the wood with a product that will fully penetrate the wood and last the life time of the wood.

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  • Asked by Marino from Emmett, Mi
    06/24/2017
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    Will Bora-Care help on dry rot on a 150 year old house exterior walls?
    A

    Bora-Care would be the best product to use for dry rot.  Bora-Care, can only be applied to raw wood.  It can not be applied to any wood that is painted, stained, or sealed. 

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  • Asked by Bob
    12/11/2014
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    Can I use BoraCare on an infested chair with dry wood termites? This chair is not painted.
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    Yes, you will want to use Boracare on infested furniture at a 1:1 ratio. Treat all accessible areas of the raw wood to ensure the Boracare is absorbed completely throughout the wood. After 1st application, let dry for approx 30 min - 1 hour and do a 2nd coat. After both applications, it is recommended you may apply a stain or clear coat to protect your treatment. Please refer to page 4 of product label for detailed instructions.
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  • Asked by Dave from Lake Havasu City, Az
    01/18/2015
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    What is the mixing ratio for active drywood termites and how many sq feet will a 25 gallon sprayer cover?
    I have a 25 gal. sprayer, How much Bora- Care will I need to treat active dry-wood termites in my 25 gal. sprayer. How many sq. feet will this cover?
    A

    For an active Drywood termite infestation, mix 1 gallon of BoraCare with 1 gallon of water. 

    One gallon of Bora-Care will treat approximately 100 lineal feet of 2 x 4 stud wall. Typically, one gallon of concentrate Bora-Care will treat 800 square feet of a 2x4 stud wall, and 500 square feet of a crawl space or attic.

    Depending on how big of an area and what specifically you are treating for drywood termites (floors, furniture, crawlspace,etc) will depend on how much BoraCare to use.

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  • Asked by Drea from Ca
    10/12/2018
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    Can Bora-Care penetrate through old teak that has been oiled years prior?
    I have an boat with teak interior, solid teak planks and teak veneer. I recently found a drywood termite nest in the teak Veneer shelving with a kickout hole in the plywood that lined the bottom of the shelves. Shelves and the nest have been removed. As a precaution I would like to treat the wood in the rest of the boat. I see this product does not work on wood that has been stained or painted. What about oiled or unpainted marine plywood? The teak was coated with teak oil over 8 years ago. Will it work in these?
    A

    Boracare really is designed to only be applied to raw wood that has no finish or treatment on it of any kind. The teak oil may prevent the Borcare from fully  penetrating into the wood.  If you can sand some of it off (depending on how deep the oil penetrated into the door), you may be able to apply the Boracare with sucess.  However, we cannot guarantee that it will soak in the way its intended to since the oil has been applied.

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  • Asked by Douglas from Kona, Hi
    01/06/2017
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    Will placing a cabinet in a freezer kill termites? If so, how long would the cabinet need to be frozen?
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    We apologize, but we are not aware of any natural methods, such as freezing, that will kill termites. We recommend either using Boracare on the cabinet if there is no finish or paint on it or using Jecta directly in the kickback holes from the termites. 

    Please check out our Termite Guide for more tips on how to treat and prevent termites. 

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