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  • Asked by Chris from Powell
    01/10/2015
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    What ratio should I use for pretreatment
    Am I really supposed to use a whole gallon of boracare with 1 gallon of water...depending on what I have to do that can get as expensive as a liquid soil treatment...help me out with this one please...thanks
    A

    For most pre-treatments, you will do a 5:1 ratio. You will use 1 gallon of Bora-Care to 5 gallons of hot water.

    For framed wood surfaces above ground, apply a 1:1 solution. Treat remainder of structural wood in a 5:1 solution. Concentrate application in areas susceptible to attack, to include all sills, plates, floor joists, piers, girders and subfloors. Treat all exterior wood including siding, facias, soffits, eaves, roofing, porches, decks and railing. If Bora-Care is the sole preventative treatment for subterranean termites, a 1:1 solution must be used.

    Buildings on crawl spaces and basements (preventative and pretreatment) – Use a 1:1 solution and apply in a 2 foot uninterrupted band to all structural wood surfaces in crawl spaces and basements. To prevent termite shelter tubes on crawlspace walls, apply to concrete or block walls in a 2 foot band up from the ground on interior wall surfaces. Apply at the rate of one gallon to 400 square feet of surface area.

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  • Asked by Richard
    11/14/2009
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    Can Bora-Care be used on live trees in the spring to prevent ambrosia beetles from killing it?
    Last spring a young pecan tree die because of them.
    A
    No, Bora-Care,  like any other borate product cannot be used on trees or plants.  Borate's will kill any living plant, shrub, grass or tree.  You might want to look at Talstar P.  It is typically used on trees for beetles.  It cannot be applied directly on the product you are harvesting but it can be applied to the bark and tree and it will not harm the tree itself.
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  • Asked by Tb from New Hampshire
    09/03/2016
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    Will freezing make Boracare ineffective?
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    Yes, allowing Boracare to freeze can make it ineffective.  It should be stored in a controlled temperature area out of direct sunlight and extreme temperatures. You also want to avoid applying any product in below freezing temperatures because the water part of the mixture can separate and freeze

    You really want to avoid applying any product in below freezing temperatures because the water part of the mixture can separate and freeze.

     

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  • Asked by Mike from Manahawkin, Nj
    12/04/2016
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    Can I use Bora-Care on the parallams in my crawl space?
    A

    Yes, Bora-Care can be used on any wood surface as long as that surface is still in the raw wood state. That would include parallam beams. You just need to follow the mixing instructions on the product label for the application you are using it for whether it be prevention, remedial, or infestation. 

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  • Asked by Bob from Moorpark, Ca
    01/24/2017
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    Can I mix Bora-Care with Termidor SC for a single application, if not, how would you apply for an infestation?
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    No, you would not mix Bora-Care with Termidor SC for a single application.  Bora-Care is a wood treatment product that is great for drywood termites.  Termidor SC  is made to adhere to soil and is poured in a 6-inch deep trench that is dug around the foundation of the home.  So depending on which type of termite you have will determine which product would be best for you.  

    Subterranean Termite Treatment Guide

    Drywood Termite Identification Guide

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  • Asked by Ramses
    03/10/2012
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    Can I use a paint sprayer to apply Bora-Care?
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    Boracare is a very thick product, and we get calls all of the time from people that try to use paint sprayers and complain that the product clogged the sprayer.  So we would not advise you use a paint sprayer.  You can either apply Bora-Care using a paint brush, or a hand pump or backpack sprayer.  Since Bora-Care is thick, you should always mix it with hot water in a separate bucket first.  Make sure the solution is well mixed first, then pour it in your sprayer and apply right away.
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  • Asked by Dave from San Jose, Ca
    04/18/2015
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    Do I need a respirator and safety glasses while spraying BoraCare?
    Is Boracare harmful to humans if inhaled? Does Boracare produce toxic if fumes if inhaled? Will direct contact with Boracare damage eyes?
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    BoraCare is relatively safe product to use as long as the Product Label is followed. The active ingredient in Boracare is an inorganic salt. The BoraCare product label recommends that users wear goggles, gloves, long sleeve shirts, long pants, shocks, and shoes. If you will be performing the appliction in an area that is NOT well ventilated such as an attaic or crawlspace then a respirator mask would be recommended. As for the effects of the odor/fumes or eye contact, we would recommend you contact Nisus, the manufacturer at 800-264-0870.
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  • Asked by Tom from Niceville, Fl
    08/11/2014
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    How much should i use when foaming Boracare into a wall void?
    How high should I drill the hole between the studs for foaming wall voids? How much foam should I inject into insulated wall voids? How much foam should I inject into uninsulated wall voids? What is the best way to gauge the amount of foam I inject?
    A
    Bora-Care is the best product to use for drywood 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 to use a stud finder to locate each stud. You should then drill a hole at the top of the wall on either side of each stud and you should drill a second set of holes at the bottom of the wall on either side of each stud. You will apply the foam using the top holes and you will know the foam has successfully coated the wood when it comes out of the bottom holes on either side of the studs. If the foam doesn't make it all the way down due to insulation absorbing it, then drilling multiple holes down the sides of each stud can be done as well. You can also drill holes into the studs in search of the galleries they have eaten away and shoot the foam into these spots for direct treatment.
    If you do not have drywood termites and instead have subterranean termites, you should instead look at our article How to Perform a Termite Treatment for proper application and products to be used.
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  • Asked by Arlene from Surrey, Bc Canada
    07/17/2016
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    Can I use BORACARE on top of CONCROBIUM?
    We sprayed Concrobium a while ago after a mold clean-up, but a faint smell seems to be coming back. Can I use BoraCare on top of Concrobium?
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    There is no reason why BORACARE would not work when applied over Concrobium. We always recommend to take care of the mold first then treat with Boracare. 

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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?
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    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 Rosa from Ga
    10/06/2017
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    Will Bora-Care work on pressure treated wood?
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    Yes, Bora-Care will work on pressure treated wood. Bora-Care will become a second layer of protection and it might make the wood look aged but it will work.

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  • Asked by Ray from San Francisco, Ca
    10/10/2012
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    After treating exterior wood with Boracare, is painting/staining required?
    A
    You will need to paint or seal treated wood that is exposed to the elements to avoid having the product degrade.
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  • Asked by Lini from San Jose,ca
    12/08/2016
    Q
    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?
    A

    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 Pih from United States
    06/25/2012
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    Western drywall termites in framing of house treated with Boracare. Still alive after 3 days. To be expected?
    We gave all framing 2 treatments of 50/50 boracare/water 3 days ago. Still finding live termites crawling on treated wood. How long does it take to kill them? Is it a safe bet to reapply insulation and siding yet, or should we give the wood another treatment first? Should we be concerned that the termites will spread to other areas like say the attic where we have not treated, while everything is open and exposed to elements? Should we treat the back side of the siding and the black fire barrier material as well?
    A
    Bora-Care can take up to 90 days to completely penetrate through all of the wood to where all of the termites are.  Bora-Care does not kill the termites by touch.  The termites walking on the wood are not effected.  Bora-Care kills the termites by ingestion.  After the Bora-Care has moved through the wood, the termites that are still in the wood will die when they continue to eat and ingest the Bora-Care with the wood.  You should treat all exposed sides of the wood that you can get to.  One treatment is normally enough unless the wood you are treating is more than 8 inches thick.  The termites will not spread easily to other areas so that is not a concern.
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  • Asked by Brent from Gualala, Ca 95445
    03/31/2014
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    What should I use for a log home, stained, water repellent finish and has termites and borers?
    Have used Timbor with good success in other applications but it beads up and runs off the log walls. Injecting in holes works but is very slow process. Any words of wisdom or wait and strip the finish off and then use Boracare?
    A
    The best process would indeed to be strip the finish and apply Boracare. This is the only product that will penetrate through the wood and eliminate the existing infestation and prevent future infestations.
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  • Asked by Paul from Salinas, Ca
    09/06/2016
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    Can Boracare be applied over time in multiple 1 to 5 coats to achieve the desired 1 to 1 final mixing ratio?
    Would multiple coats like this possibly lead to better & deeper boron absorption? I would imagine the extra moisture & time would encourage the boron to penetrate, plus I like that the 1 to 5 mixture remains stable for up to 30 days. I'm looking to slowly mix up 1 to 5 batches & spray suspect areas as I have time or as I find them, though I do have a few areas of active infestation that I will probably immediately hit hard with the recommended 1 to 1 ratio. Does anybody have experience doing this? This is definitely a DIY approach, but I think it would work best for me at my own home.
    A

    Boracare will only penetrate up to 8 inches with 2 applications done at the ratios listed on the product label, depending on if you are treating for an active infesation or prevention as well as the type of wood it is being applied.  Applying multiple times would not make it penetrate any deeper. You should do your best to only mix enough solution for the job you are doing that day to prevent having to discard any solution. Any unused solution can be dumped out right up against the foundation of the structure taking care not to get it on plants.

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  • Asked by Richard from Sonoma, Ca 95476
    11/06/2014
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    How do I exterminate powder post beetles?
    I am remodeling a bathroom, and I found powder post beetle residue behind shower stall.
    A
    For powder post beetles, we would recommend using Boracare. The wood you are applying this product to must be untreated, meaning no sealants. You will use 1 gallon of Boracare with 1 gallon of hot water. You can either spray the wood or paint it on. Once the product is dry, you can apply any type of sealants to the wood.
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  • Asked by Mary from Cincinnati, Ohio
    03/10/2016
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    Can Boracare be used in a cabinet that is used for food storage?
    I'm sure you would have to remove the food when applying, but can you safely store food in an area that has been treated? If so, how long do you have to wait after treatment?
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    You would indeed remove all food products from the cabinet. You would need to apply the Boracare to the raw wood, let it dry for at least 48 hours and then seal the wood with stain, paint, etc. After that has been completed you can put food products back in the cabinet.

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  • Asked by Jp from Milwaukee, Wi
    03/21/2016
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    How long do I wait until I can re-sand/stain/seal floors again after applying Boracare to striped floors?
    We have active powderpost beetles in our hardwood floors and looks like non-active in our subfloors. We are told to sand down the hardwood floors and treat with boracare. Once boracare is applied how long do we have to wait to then stain and seal our floors? After boracare is applied do we have to worry about floors being waterstained from the application? Some refinishers want to re-sand after boracare is applied to avoid water staining. We are afraid this is just going to remove the boracare. Will the boracare penetrate through the hardwood floor and then onto the subfloor?
    A

    Once Boracare is applied, it is recommended that you wait at least three days for the product to dry and soak through the entire piece of wood. Do not wait longer than six weeks to re-sand/stain/seal the floor.

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  • Asked by Rob from Tucson, Az
    02/07/2012
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    Do I need a mask when spraying Boracare?
    I will be spraying in the crawlspace that is 1200 square foot by an average of 1.5 feet high, using an electric pump spray. What kind of mask do I need? Is N95 sufficient or do I need a charcoal respirator mask?
    A
    If you are in an enclosed area like a crawl space, you should wear a respirator.  It is recommended that you wear a P100 rated mask, which we do sell.
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