Bora-Care - Questions & Answers

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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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  • Asked by Cindy from Bartow, Florida
    03/04/2015
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    Boracare
    We are spraying boracare on the entire wood framed home that we are restoring. How long do we need to wait until we apply the spray foam insulation on top of it?
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    You want to wait at least 72 hours after application to allow for Boracare to dry. Then you can do what ever you wish to the wood.
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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.
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    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 Joe from Plano, Tx
    05/08/2015
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    Boracare - efficacy on wood stored outside but out of rain
    In several answers, it is stated that Boracare "evaporates" from treated wood that is outside but not sealed. That doesn't make sense to me because Boracare is a borate salt that penetrates the wood. If the wood is stored outside, but under a roof that keeps it dry, a single treatment should last indefinitely, it would seem to me. If the wood is exposed to rain, I'd expect the salt would eventually leach out. Is my understanding correct? I have maple slabs, some of which still have bark that I'd like to preserve. The maple had powder post beetles. A first application of Boracare seems to have decimated all the beetles save for one site which I will hit again, but I wonder. Is the Boracare penetrating completely through the bark into the underlying layers of wood?
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    Boracare does penetrate through the wood. If the raw wood is not directly being rained on, it will last for the life of the wood. That is the reason why it is important to use a sealant on the wood if it will can potentially be rained on. It does not require that a sealant be used though.
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  • Asked by Michael from Cardiff
    09/21/2016
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    Do I need to wear protective clothing and a mask when applying Termidor SC?
    Also do I need a respirator? I have lots of drywood termites in the attic and want to know if Termidor SC is all I need to get rid of them?
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    The best way to protect yourself when using any type of insecticide is to read and follow the product label. Page 2 of the Termidor SC product label? specifically tells you what precautions need to be taken before, during and after the application. You only need to wear a face mask if you will be doing the application in a poorly ventilated or enclosed area. All other applications will require you to wear long sleeves, long pants, shoes and socks and gloves. Be sure to wash your hands after the application before you eat, drink, chew gum or use the restroom.

    For treating termites in an attic space, Bora-Care is the go to product.  Bora-Care is a wood treatment product that you can apply directly on the wood in the attic.  Bora-Care can be applied to any wood that is not painted, stained, or sealed.  Bora-Care will penetrate directly into the wood and kill the termites in the wood and also protect it long term.  Your only option in an attic space is to treat the termites directly.

    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.

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  • Asked by Stacy from Boise, Id
    08/15/2017
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    What does Bora-Care smell like?
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    Bora-Care does not have an odor. 

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  • Asked by Caroline
    04/02/2010
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    Should we spray the new plywood with Timbor or Boracare?
    We have a 40-year-old home with redwood plywood siding. The siding has worn & we are about to cover it with a new layer. Redwood isn't available; we'll use 11/32 " Breckenridge siding plywood, over builder's paper. Trim is heart redwood & will be replaced as needed. We plan to use a transparent stain, to "even out" old & new wood color. We've had many drywood termite attacks; entry has been through beam ends & trim. Professional Tim-bor treatment has controlled them. Should we spray the new plywood with Timbor or Boracare? Before or after staining?
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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, when treating new wood with timbor it can leave a powdery residue because it is a powder.  Bora-Care dries clear and will look better after finishing the wood with the stain.  Since you have a rare opportunity to treat your new siding you should treat with the best, and Bora-care is the best.  When treating plywood that is close to 3/4" thick, you should apply at a rate of one gallon of Bora-Care to one gallon of water.  This will make two finished gallons.  These two finished gallons should treat 1066 square feet of siding.  Once you have applied the Bora-Care you should wait at least 48 hours for it to dry before applying any type of stain or sealant.
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  • Asked by Mitzi from Wilson, North Carolina
    07/30/2015
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    Do I need to sand 80 year old barnwood before applying Bora-Care?
    The wood is untreated and raw.
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    It is not necessary to sand wood that is raw when treating with Bora-Care. If the wood is painted, stained or sealed then you would want to sand first and then treat.

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  • Asked by Lini from San Jose,ca
    12/08/2016
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    Can you sand wood to finish and stain after a Bora-Care treatment?
    We are going to use Boracare to treat unfinished hardwood. After how many days of treatment can we sand and seal?
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    Yes, after the Bora-Care has dried, you can sand and finish the wood.  It usually takes 24-48 hours to fully dry. 

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  • Asked by Irene from Brownsville, Texas
    02/09/2019
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    Is Boracare like Boric acid?
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    Boracare contains borate, a form of Boron, that is different than boric acid products. Borate products are water soluble and are used in wood treatments as it can penetrate into the wood and/or used as a dust (depending on the specific product being used).  Boric acid (dust) is not water soluble and is only for crack and crevice applications. 

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  • Asked by Bobby from Nashville Mi
    05/03/2012
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    What is best to treat powderpost beetles?
    What is best to treat powderpost beetles?
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    You should use a wood treatment product to treat powder post beetles.  Bora-Care is the best wood treatment product available.  Bora-Care will penetrate through the wood and kill the larvae eating the wood no matter where they are in the wood.  However, it can only be applied to raw wood.  It cannot be applied to wood that is painted, stained, or sealed.  If your wood is painted, stained, or sealed, then you will need to drill holes and inject Bora-Care or sand the finish off of the wood, treat with Bora-Care, and then refinish the wood. Dominion is not a wood treatment product and will not move through the wood.  You should use a wood treatment product like Bora-Care.
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  • Asked by Eric from Sterling, Va
    02/08/2012
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    Spray or brush Bora-care on basement ceiling?
    We have about a dozen beetle holes in the bottom of one of joists in our basement storage area. Seems like Bora-care is the right choice for treatment. What I am trying to figure out is if I should brush it on (which will take me several hours to apply to the joists and ceiling) or if I should spray it on. Spraying will be faster, but I am concerned about it getting all over the rest of the storage area (and me!). Any thoughts on the best way to apply to a ceiling and joists?
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    You should apply Boracare in whatever way is easiest for you and will still give you a thorough application. If you do decide to spray the Boracare on to the joists you should lay plastic tarps over the entire floor area to catch any drips or over spray. You should also wera a protective coverall, respirator, gloves and goggles to protect yourself. You can find all of the personal safety equipment in our Professional Safety Kit.
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  • Asked by Jason
    01/24/2015
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    I'm spraying my unfinished basement where there are electrical wires running. How should I handle them?
    Can I just spray over the wires or do I need to do something else? I am talking about just the wires. There are no junction boxes of any kind.
    A
    It would be best to be cautious of the exposed wires.  BORACARE can also be applied with a paint brush as well. Please be sure to mix with hot water to make it easier to mix and apply. 
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  • Asked by Sandra from Key West, Fl
    11/05/2016
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    Can Bora-Care be used on pressure-treated wood?
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    Yes, Boracare can (and in many instances MUST) be used on pressure treated wood.  As a termite barrier under Section VI of the label it is required to be applied twice to exterior wall sill plate and that is always pressuretreated.  
    All pressure treated wood that is cut or drilled MUST have a field treatment or end cut application in order to meet building code (including sill plate in a home - see IRC 2016 and AWPA Standard M4). 

    It is also  useful to treat pressure treated wood as the heartwood is not treated properly by pressure treatment (especially refractory species such as Douglas fir, and the transition wood of pine decking is often the first to rot out and will greatly benefit from a treatment with Boracare with Moldcare at 5 years (see Lloyd et al., 2013).

    Posts, piles and poles also have the heartwood issue and can be treated but this is often best done with Jecta.

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  • Asked by Stephenie from Rockport
    01/09/2018
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    Can spray foam insulation be spray over wood treated with BoraCare?
    Looking for more information regarding applying sprayfoam insulation on lumber treated with BoraCare. Difference between open and closed cell?
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    Yes, it is fine to use any kind of insulation once the Boracare application is dry, typically in about 24-48 hours. Boracare will not interfere with an insulation application unless you do not allow the Boracare to be completely dry.

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  • Asked by Greg from Wisconsin Dells, Wi
    01/10/2018
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    How long should I wait before applying a second coat of Bora-Care on a sill plate?
    Do I wait until the first has dried out?
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    Bora-Care is a one-time treatment unless the wood is removed or water conditions like exposure to rainfall or flooding weaken the treatment. If you are applying 2 coats of Bora-Care because you can only access 1 or 2 sides of the wood to be treated, then you need to wait at least 20 minutes between coats, allowing the Bora-Care to absorb before applying the second coat.

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  • Asked by Steve from Boca Raton, Fl
    09/30/2016
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    How long would I have to stay out of my house if I treated my attic with Boracare?
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    BORACARE should be applied, dried and ventilated prior to anyone returning to the treatment area.  If treatment is just in the attic and you are not in the area during treatment, then you can stay in the home.

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  • Asked by Tester from Ga
    10/13/2015
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    What is the difference between Boracare and Boracare Commercial?
    There are 2 different labels that have been found and I am a little confused.
    A

    There is only one available now, the regular Bora-Care. Per the manufacturer, Bora-Care commercial was for a special legal circumstance only in Florida with respect to labeling. It has been discontinued, and is the same product as regular Bora-Care.

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  • Asked by Jason
    10/12/2016
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    Does Boracare even penetrate hard woods as well?
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    Boracare can be used on ANY raw wood that is not painted, stained, or sealed. Even hardwoods. Since it dries on clear, it is no problem to stain, paint, or seal when you are done or apply a clear coat finish. 

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  • Asked by Victor from Grand Junction Iowa 50107
    08/28/2013
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    What can I use to treat raw lumber for bugs?
    I reclaim lumber and then I build furniture and other things. I need something to treat the wood that will not stain. I have a lot of wood stored and it needs to be protected
    A
    Bora-Care is the best wood treatment product available.  When applied to raw untreated wood will penetrate up to 4 in and provide protection against wood boring insects for the lifetime of the wood.
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