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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 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 Phyllis from Sharpsburg, Ga
    12/02/2015
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    Is Boracare toxic for mammals? Are there any fumes or out-gassing from a crawl space up into the house?
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    It is important to keep pets and/or animals out of the area while Boracare is being applied. Once the product has dried completey, it is safe for individuals or pets to return to the area.

    No, there are no fumes that will come out of a crawl space.

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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 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.
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    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 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.
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    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 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
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    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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  • 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 Marilyn from Tomahawk Wisconsin
    10/11/2014
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    What is the recommended temperature to apply Bora Care?
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    BORACARE can be applied in any temperature as long as it is not below freezing. However, the warmer the temperature the easier it will be to mix and apply the BORACARE because of its thick consistency.
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  • Asked by Jordan from Rutherfordton, Nc
    10/04/2011
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    Do I need a respirator in order to spray Boracare mixture in my crawl space?
    What type of respirator would you suggest? Also, I had a sporicidine sprayed in the crawl space about a month ago for a light mildew/mold issue. Will this have any adverse effect on the Boracare product?
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    When applying Bora-Care in confined spaces you should provide ventilation or an exhaust system or use a Comfo Classic Respirator Mask with P100 Cartridges. You should contact Nisus 800-264-0870, the manufacturer of Boracare, to inquire about using sporicidine in the same area as Boracare.
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  • Asked by Dennis from Woodland, Ca
    10/06/2015
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    What is the difference between Bora-Care and Bora-Care Commercial?
    If they are different, when would you use each one?
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    There is no difference between Bora Care and Bora Care Commercial besides the name. There was a change in the label for marketing purposes but both products are chemically identical.

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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 Craig from Moon Township, Pa
    09/10/2013
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    What do i use to do a treatment of a piece of furniture for wood insects/termites?
    We have a piece of furniture brought in from Indonesia that we are not sure has a termite/wood pest concern. We would like to treat it to provide us assurance that there is no insect infestation. What would be the best product to use? It is 6ft tall, 2ft wide, 1ft deep. Appreciate your advice. Thanks
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    For furniture your options are limited for treatment. If the wood is in its all natural raw state without any stains or finishes on it you can use a product like Boracare. Boracare will absorb all the way into the wood and eliminate any infestation that is there and last for the life of the wood. It does not stain the wood or leave behind any visible residue, but becomes one with the wood and any insect that ingests it dies. If the furniture has a finish on it, you would either have to drill holes throughout it and inject something like the Boracare or a foam, or the option most go with, hire a company to fumigate it. Please let us know if you have any questions.
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  • Asked by Kim from Greensboro, Nc
    09/12/2015
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    Can I apply Bora-Care to the raw wood side of solid prefinished hardwood?
    I have purchased prefinished solid hardwood flooring (hand scraped). Can I apply Bora-Care with a paint brush to the raw side (opposite of finished side) of the board as well as the raw tongue and groove sides? If so, what are the specific directions for application and how much should be applied? Will Bora-Care seep through the wood to the opposite pre-finished side of the wood board and damage the wood finish? The board is 3/4" in thickness by the way. Additionally, would it also be wise to apply Bora-Care to the wood sub-flooring before hardwood installation? Lots of questions. Thank you in advance for your advice.
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    Bora-Care can be applied to any raw wood that is not painted, stained or sealed so yes it can be brushed on to the underside of the flooring.  It will only prevent termites from entering the wood that it is applied to and will penetrate up to 4 inches with one application.  It should be applied until the wood is just wet but not dripping.  Most of the time termites would have to eat through the sub-floor to get into the hardwood floors above, but there is no 100% guarantee that the termites will enter this way.  Treating the sub-floor would also ensure the termites do not get into the sub-floor as well.  If you want the hardwood floors better protected, you should treat all exposed wood also as long as they are unfinished.   Please see page 10 of the Bora-Care label.  Table A on page 10 will tell you how many lineal feet of board the bora-care will treat based on thickness. The tabel tells you how many lineal feet a DILUTED gallon will treat

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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 James from Seattle, Wa
    06/10/2016
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    Does Boracare affect other penetrating applications such as stains or sealers?
    I have dry rot that I am repairing. Would like to treat it with Boracare first then treat it with an epoxy sealer before using an epoxy filler to fill the void. Or can I mix the Baracare with the epoxy sealer?
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    You should apply Boracare to raw wood. You can then apply any stain, sealant, or paint after the Boracare application has dried, usually 24-48 hours.

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  • Asked by Kristina
    08/09/2010
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    Can I use Bora-Care on my wood furniture?
    I have powder post beetles on my wood table. I believe I bought these tables from a reputable furniture store, and I don't know what to do. They are nice tables. Will this solution ruin the tables, or can I apply it to them? I have to do something because this is crazy to have bugs in a table I paid good money for? What do you suggest?
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    In order to use Bora-Care on your table, you would have to make sure the wood is bare or stripped. Bora-Care cannot penetrate into sealed or finished wood. After wood has been treated with Bora-Care, you can paint, stain or seal the wood with no problems.
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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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