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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?
    A
    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 Sandy from Smyrna Ga
    11/12/2015
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    Can I use Boracare to treat the wood of furniture that is being stripped and reupholstered?
    I will be stripping and reupholstering all types of furniture. I want to treat the wood because I may get it from somewhere else. What would you recommend? I have to give my customers great service and feel comfortable.
    A

    Boracare can be used to treat for wood destroying insects and fungus. Boracare is to be applied to raw wood that will last for the lifespan of the wood itself. Please review the product label for further information.

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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 Matt
    04/28/2011
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    How would I apply Bora-Care to a localized wood termite infestation under exterior stucco?
    The wood above a window is infested (droppings are visible on the interior sill). We can't go through the inside because the wall is covered with rock so need to go through the exterior stucco. How much would I need to use and how would I inject it?
    A
    The only way to get the Bora-Care into the area where the termites are would be to drill holes through the stucco into the studs or through the window trim.  We suspect maybe they are in the window trim based on your description.  Since Bora-Care can only be applied to wood that is not painted, stained, or sealed,  you have to drill a hole into the center of the window trim and inject Bora-Care by using a sprayer or some other method  that might be available to you to get the product through the drill hole.  Or you can remove the wood or stucco to get into the interior of the wall, but this is usually not a feasible step in the process.
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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?
    A

    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 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 Jeff from Philipsburg, Pa
    01/02/2013
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    I'm making a mantel from an old beam and want to treat with Bora-care. How long to kill beetles?
    The beam is very solid, but does have some pin holes that look like powder-post beatles. I can't tell how old these holes are.
    A
    Bora-Care will take up to 30 days or more to penetrate all the way through the wood.  It will only kill active beetles that are eating.  If there are dormant beetles that are not active, but become active later, let's say next year, you could see new activity at that time, but they will die once they start eating since Bora-Care stays in the wood forever.  It is common to see activity at a later date since beetles are not all active at the same time.
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  • Asked by Debbie from Denton, Tx
    06/08/2015
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    Can I use BoraCare for active infestation of termites?
    I found a house that I purchased apparently had been treated for termites for years (not disclosed). Last year, I gutted my garage of all drywall and sprayed 3 gallons in the garage and in the attic directly above the garage. As I sprayed, I scraped all termite tunnels that I found (big garage, I might have missed a few). I have now found a few termite tunnels on the walls, tho these might have been missed in my initial spraying. I thought BoraCare would take care of existing infestations? If not, can I now spray termidor in the garage?
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    Boracare takes care of any active infestation of wood-destroying insects such as termites, carpenter ants, powderpost beetles, etc. It is possible for the wood to become infested again if it has been exposed to water, if the wood wasn't treated in any way, like if it wasn't stained, after the Boracare treatment dried or if not all exposed sides were treated. 

    Although, from the information you provided regarding the termite tunnels, if you're talking about mud tunnels then you are dealing with Subterranean termites. Boracare will still affect them if the eat the wood but the method of treatment to get rid of the colony will be to do a trench treatment around the Perimeter of your home with Termidor. Termidor can't be used indoors unless it's sprayed/foamed inside an enclosed wall void.

    If you are sure, however, that you are dealing with Drywood termites, we recommend that you call Nisus (800) 264-0870 to troubleshoot with them as they are the makers of Boracare.

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  • Asked by Amanda from Pcb, Fl
    06/08/2014
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    Boracare for powder post beetles
    I have a piece of furniture invested with powder post beetles. I bought a termitocide foam and it worked some but I cannot reach all the holes. The outside of the furniture is stained/painted to the reclaimed look but the inside is not. It's a small cabinet maybe 3 ft tall and 3 feet wide. The wood isn't very thick. Can I apply boracare on the inside and it be effective for the entire piece. I don't want to part with it but am becoming extremely frustrated. Thanks AC
    A
    Yes the Boracare will absorb all the way into the wood and eliminate any infestation that is there and last for the life of the wood.  Boracare is the only insecticide that can penetrate into the wood to kill the immature beetles before they chew their way out of the wood and damage the furniture.
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  • Asked by Linda from Florence, Al
    03/29/2016
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    How soon after applying Borate Wood Preservative can I apply a sealer?
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    If you have wood that you want to treat that is not already treated, painted, stained, etc., then you can apply paint, water sealant, or stain as long as a Boracare or Timbor treatment is dry. For Boracare you will usually need to wait at least 24 hours to make sure the application is completely dry. If you are treating wood that will be outside or otherwise exposed to rain and sunlight, then you should apply a water sealant to prevent the Boracare from breaking down over time.

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  • Asked by Robert from Mount Dora, Fl
    02/21/2016
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    Is Boric acid repellent or not?
    In your Subterranean Termite Treatment Guide your pro tip says "Using the Boracare first can cause the outdoor colony to branch off in a different direction" implying that boric acid is a repellent. Yet quoting https://entomology.ca.uky.edu/ef614, " Unlike many insecticides, boric acid has no repellency to insects". Can you please resolve this seeming discrepancy for me? Is boric acid repellent or not? This is a very important issue to clarify for choosing boric acid treatment or not. Thank you very much.
    A

    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 if using Timbor.  Boric acid (dust) is not water soluble and is only for crack and crevice treatments.  Both forms are not repellent but when dealing with subterranean termites Boracare is not the best product to use as it will only kills the termites that physically ingest the wood.  This can cause the termites to start dying off quickly which sends a signal to the queen below ground that the area is bad and this can cause them to move to another location that is possibly untreated or inaccessible.  It is a great product for Drywood Termites which are all in the wood they are infesting.  When dealing with subterranean it is best to use a product like Termidor SC or Dominion which will be a slow kill and have a transfer effect so that it can kill the entire colony below ground.

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  • Asked by Matt from California
    06/08/2014
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    Is this 100% safe for humans?
    Does it release anything into atmosphere or is it only harmful if we touch treat wood/ingest the treat wood?
    A
    Boracare does not emit any VOCs (volatile organic compounds) into the atmosphere. It is safe once dry. If you are concerned about eating on the wood, such as if a table is/was infested, the wood does need to be sealed before using it.
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  • Asked by Mat from San Jose, Ca
    12/04/2016
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    Can Boracare treated wood be burned at a later date safely?
    Some of my firewood is infested with powder-beetles. Can I treat this wood so with Bora-care or Termidor and then burn the wood at a later date safely?
    A

    We do not recommend applying Boracare or Termidor SC to firewood. Burning any type of insecticide would release the active ingredients into the air.  Burning the wood without treating with any chemical would kill anything in it.

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  • Asked by Jonathan from Montgomery Alabama
    06/23/2012
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    What is the correct ratio of BORACARE to treat a newly framed garage?
    I am building a detached 18X20 garage. I have it dried in (roof and walls are sheathed) All studs and rafters are exposed on inside. I used a hand sprayer (1 Gallon) with a 1:1 ratio. THe label says to use ratio of 1:1. I have been told to use 5:1. Can you please inform me officially what ratio to use on this 2nd coat? THanks. I do have the blue tablets. Made it so nice to see what was sprayed and what wasn't.
    A
    We ALWAYS recommend using a 1:1 ratio  with Boracare because of 2 reasons.  First of all, a 1:1 ratio is the strongest ratio and will ensure complete penetration through the wood and it will protect longer in the wood than any other ratio.  Second, even though you are using new wood, or store bought raw wood, it can still contain beetles and other insects from the mill.  Applying a 1:1 ratio ensures that if there are any issues whatsoever, they are taken care of before they become a problem.
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  • Asked by Joey from Honolulu, Hi
    11/15/2016
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    Does Boracare affect glue adhesion with TiteBond III?
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    No, Boracare will not affect any glue adhesions. However, if you use Boracare over an area where there is glue, it will not soak into the wood.

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  • Asked by Grant from Atlanta, Ga
    07/29/2015
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    Is Bora-Care offered in smaller quantities than a 1 gallon container?
    I have two rustic raw tables with what I'm assuming are powder beetles boring into the wood.
    A

    The Bora-Care is currently only available in the gallon size.

    Powderpost Beetle Control Article

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  • Asked by Cesare from Miami, Fl
    12/08/2014
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    Is a foam machine required to apply Boracare, or can it be mixed with water and spray?
    A

    Boracare can be mixed with hot water or used as a foaming agent. The amount of water will depend of the if you are doing a treatment for an active infestation or for preventative.

    Foaming is the preferred method when treating voids. To foam a product you need a poly foamer to apply the foam and our ProFoam Foaming Concentrate which is an expanding liquid you need to mix with the solution.  You would mix the Bora-Care with water in a one gallon poly foamer, then pour in the foaming agent, then mix it all together and pump up the poly foamer.  You are now ready to foam voids.

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  • Asked by Laurens from Birmingham Al
    08/13/2014
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    Once mixed with water, what is the shelf life of Bora Care?
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    The shelf life of Boracare in original bottle is 3 years if stored in cool dry area. Like with most concentrates, you want to be sure to use any mixed solution within 24 hours of mixing.
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  • Asked by Chad from United States
    05/27/2013
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    What is the best product for crawl space fungus
    I have been told that my crawl space has wood decay fungus. The "professionals" want over $2000 for treatment. Would you recommend Timbor or bora-care for this application. My home is approximately 2000 Sq feet, so how much of either product?
    A
    We would recommend using Boracare with Moldcare as it will treat and prevent mold and wood boring insects. Boracare with Moldcare will treat 1250 square feet of a crawl space or attic when mixed at the labeled rate of 1 gallon of bora-care with mold care and 5 gallons of water. Please see label for complete application directions and yield amounts.
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  • Asked by Joanne from Hayesville, Nc
    05/28/2016
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    After applying Bora-Care will the beetles leave for another piece of raw untreated wood?
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    As the beetles emerge from the wood after it has been treated with Boracare they will die from ingesting the treating wood so there would be no worry of reinfestation. 

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