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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 Linda from Lodi, Ca
    04/08/2014
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    Drywood termite prevention
    What do you recommend to protect a home against drywood termites. Does the trench around the structure work for drywoods? From what I understand they don't have to go through the ground.
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    A trench treatment will not kill Drywood Termites because Drywood Termites nest in the wood unlike subterranean termites that nest in the ground. The best product to treat and prevent Drywood Termites would be BoraCare. You would simply mix 1 gallon of BoraCare with 1 gallon of water to make 2 gallons of finished solution (enough to treat 800 sq ft of attic or crawlspace) and spray the wood in the attic space and/or crawlspace. Boracare contains an inorganic borate salt, soluble in water, with insecticidal and fungicidal properties effective against wood destroying organisms. A patented carrier system allows BoraCare’s active ingredient to diffuse into wood. This system makes BoraCare more effective than products designed to treat only the wood’s surface. BoraCare also stays in the wood for the life of the wood, it never goes away so it will prevent future infestations in the wood that has been treated.
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  • Asked by M from Springfield, Missouri
    06/02/2012
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    Can BoraCare be used on a live tree that is diseased but we are trying to save. Will it harm the tree?
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    NO.  Bora-Care cannot be used anything living:  grass, trees, bushes, etc.  Bora-Care will kill plant life including trees.  DO NOT USE BORA-CARE on living trees.  We do have fungicides and other products that may help but we cannot make a recommendation unless we know exactly what the disease is.  Bora-Care is meant for wood that is dead, like 2 x 4's and cut logs.
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  • Asked by Mark from Orangevale, Ca
    05/11/2019
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    Is Bora-Care legal in California?
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    Yes, Bora-Care can ship to and be used in the state of California.

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  • Asked by Stacey from Magnolia, Tx
    11/18/2013
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    Will Bora Care stain my concrete floors, pre-stain, new construction?
    If I treat my new construction with bora care will it leave a stain on my untreated concrete floors that i plan to stain
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    BORACARE will not stain concrete, or new construction. Please let us know if you have any more questions.
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  • Asked by Melina from Fort Lauderdale, Florida
    03/15/2013
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    Best product to used for drywall termites in attic?
    Termidor liquid seems to be the best, but can't be used inside. There is a dust?? this is for inside?? Best between: Bora Care or Timbor??
    A
    Boracare would be the best choice for treating raw wood for drywood termites. You will need to use it at the 1:1 ratio for a current infestation.
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  • Asked by Tyler from Durham, Nc
    08/19/2011
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    How much BoraCare is required for a crawl space?
    I have a 1,300 sq ft crawl space (50x26) made with 2x8 floor joists, and it has an active infestation of wood decay fungus, so I probably need to go on the 1:1 scale. How many gallons of Boracare will I need?
    A
    When treating a crawl space you should treat 1:1 boracare to water, and you can expect to get about 500 square feet of coverage per gallon of Bora-Care concentrate.  This is the estimate from the manufacturer.
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  • Asked by Susan from Middleburg, Va
    01/20/2016
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    How long should kids and dogs remain out of the house after floors are treated?
    I have to treat my entire house floors with Boracare because there are powder post beetles in my barn wood floors on all three floors. I have kids and dogs and am wondering how long they should be out of the house to be super safe.
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    It is recommended that you keep pets and children out of the area treated with Boracare until the product has dried completely and any odor has dissipated.

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  • Asked by Penny from Plant City, Fl
    08/28/2013
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    Have signs of dry wood termites in attic. What would you recommend as a treatment?
    They appear to be in one end of the house. Saw some signs when we remodeled our shower. A couple of damaged studs which were removed and replaced. We have seen some of droppings from a little pin hole in the drywall of the ceiling. Thinking of treating with BoraCare. Would this be the best option?
    A

    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.

    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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  • Asked by Rose
    08/24/2009
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    Where can I purchase Bora-Care, so that I can do my own pest control?
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    From us of course. We sell professional products to homeowners. www.DoMyOwnPestControl.com
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  • Asked by Teri from Lake Charles, Louisiana
    08/01/2015
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    Can I use Bora-Care on wood pallets to prevent termites?
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    Bora-Care can be applied to raw wood for the treatment or prevention of termites. It dries on clear and is made that way so you can stain, paint, or seal any piece of wood after using it. Please refer to the product label for complete mixing and application instructions.

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  • Asked by David from Hawkesbury
    08/02/2015
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    Is Bora-Care the right product to clean barn wood before bringing it inside our home?
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    Bora-Care would be great for applying to raw, cleaned wood for treatment against wood destroying organisms. We do carry a wood cleaner that you can apply first to remove any staining or discoloration called Mold-Clean.

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  • Asked by Rob from Canada
    06/24/2014
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    Will you ship Bora-Care to Canada?
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    Unfortunately, we currently only ship within the United States.

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  • Asked by Richard
    10/10/2013
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    After treating with Bora Care can I use a wood hardener?
    I removed dry rot and loose wood on a garaged door and will treat with Bora Care. After the BC has cured, can I treat the wood with Elmer's 16-oz. Rotted Wood Stabilizer? The area will then be filled in with bondo and painted.
    A
    Since Borates from Boracare will be evenly distributed throughout the wood, applying wood hardener to the areas that were effected by rot will not have any adverse effects.
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  • Asked by David from Thousand Oaks, Ca
    07/26/2015
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    Can Bora-Care be used in a non thermal/ULV type fogger?
    If so, would the product envelope inaccessible rafters in an attic and be affective in killing termites and prevent further infestation?
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    Bora-Care cannot be applied in a thermal fogger or a ULV fogger. It can be applied to raw wood by being foamed in the wall void (foaming concentrate and foam applicator equipment needed), painted on the surface, or in a sprayer. You will mix the Bora-Care concentrate in hot water in a separate container and mixed first. Then you will apply in your sprayer. It is a very thick liquid and should not be mixed directly in the spraying equipment (this could cause equipment damage) and will clog most fogging equipment.

    Drywood Termites

    Subterranean Termites

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  • Asked by Carolyn
    11/03/2009
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    I plan on using Bora-Care in the crawl space. Can I also use it on the live palm tree without killing it? I have discovered a decay fungus in our crawl space under the tub and on the bottom of a nearby palm tree in our yard.
    A
    No, Bora-Care is a borate product, and borate products will kill any plant or tree life.  We have recently started carrying several fungicides for trees and other plants. We would recommend trying to contact a local college or university with a arborist program or a local lawn and turf company for a proper identification of the fungus. Please click on the link for the contact information for your local cooperative extension office.
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  • Asked by May from Louisiana
    10/16/2015
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    Can I treat wood with Boracare before it is sawed and/or installed?
    I have a load of 2 x8's and some plywood to be installed in my house. Can I go ahead and spray this with BoraCare? The 2x8's will be put down and the plywood over them. (Floor joist and subfloor) Spraying ahead would save time. But, will it be safe to saw and handle after it is dry and how long does it take to dry.
    A

    Yes, Boracare can be sprayed on wood that is in its natural state. Once it has dried, you can saw, install and apply paint or finish to the wood.

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  • Asked by Heather from New Orleans, La
    08/05/2013
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    Is there anything non toxic I can do to treat severe drywood termite infestation?
    We have drywood termites in our hardwood floors in several rooms of our 1910 home. We just moved in a few months ago and they are already eating our furniture although our pest control man said they were probably in the furniture for years before and just dormant and woke up in the warmer weather down south (never had problems before moving here). There's no company locally that treats with orange oil or any other green methods. Could we treat this ourselves with Boracare or Timbor? Or pure d-limonene? The pest control company says fumigation is our only option. I am nervous about the health issues with fumigation.
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    If the drywood termites are in the floors, you can treat the floors with Boracare as long as they are unfinished. Boracare can only be used on raw natural wood so if there is a stain or sealant on the floors, it will need to be sanded up first before applying the Boracare. If there are drywood termites in your furniture, your options are limited. You can either strip down the finish on it and treat, drill holes all throughout it to treat with either Boracare or a foaming product, or fumigate it. Most of the time fumigation is your best option as its the only way to gurantee you are going to get every last one of them that deep within the furniture. Typically for this treatment they bring a pod type device similar to that of a portable storage unit, and place your furniture inside and either heat it or fumigate it for a set period of time. Aftewards you air out the furniture, steam clean it if you want, and its completely safe to use as normal. There are just not many truly green options out there for termite control as it is such a specific treatment, and most areas are not places you will be inhabiting with extended points of direct contact to a surface. Please let us know if you have any other questions.
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  • Asked by William
    06/18/2011
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    Can food coloring be added to Bora-Care rather than Turf Mark for an inexpensive temporary "marker"?
    I am trying to keep costs down and will not need much. That quart of Turf Mark would be a waste, but I would like to know where I have been for a few days at least.
    A
    Some of our customers have used this method, but it does not stay in the wood as long as the turf mark blue will and the color is not as bold.  But it is an option although you do need quite a bit of food coloring from what our customers have said.
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  • Asked by Ryan from Pa
    10/25/2011
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    What precautions should I take when using Boracare near plumbing? Pex and copper supply lines?
    I plan on applying Boracare in my basement to subfloor, joists, sill, beam, etc. There are numerous areas where the supply lines will be in close proximity or in the actual way. How concerned should I be about the Boracare impacting these lines?
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    Bora-Care will not harm the copper lines or pex lines, however sometimes the Bora-care can turn the copper a slight green color, but it does not deteriorate the copper lines in any way.
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