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