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  • Asked by Ken from Los Angeles, Ca
    07/14/2013
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    Is Boracare safe to use for kitchen cabinets?
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    Yes, as long as the cabinets are in their raw natural wood state without any finishes of paints or stains on it, you could apply Boracare to the surface. Once the boracare has dried you would normally put some sort of finish over it to protect the cabinets from scuffs and marks and this will help seal in the Boracare even further. After the boracare has dried and fully absorbed into the wood, you can use the cabinets normally. Please let us know if you have any other questions.
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  • Asked by Machelle from Crittenden, Ky
    09/13/2011
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    A gallon of Boracare will cover how much wood surface?
    A
    One gallon of Bora-Care will treat approximately 100 lineal feet of 2 x 4 stud wall. This includes sill plate and header. For other dimensional lumber, logs, or siding and plywood, please see the product label or the supplemental tech bulletin. Typically, one gallon of concentrate Bora-Care will treat 800 square feet of a 2x4 stud wall, and 500 square feet of a crawl space or attic.
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  • Asked by Thomas
    04/21/2011
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    Do borate treatments leave a visible residue?
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    It depends.  We have two main borate treatments.  One is Timbor, which is a powder that you mix with water.  Timbor will leave a white residue because it is a powder.  The best wood treatment borate product on the market is Bora-Care which is made by the same company that makes Timbor.  Bora-Care is the preferred choice because it not only penetrates deeper into the wood and lasts longer, for the life of the wood, but it also dries clear so you can easily paint, stain, or seal whatever it is you are treating.
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  • Asked by Clay from Seattle, Wa
    07/21/2015
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    Does the second coat of Boracare have to be applied within a certain time?
    Does a 2nd coat of BoraCare have to be applied (painted or sprayed) before the first coat dries? I'm concerned the 2nd coat might not penetrate adequately if the 1st coat is totally dry because I wasn't able to do the 2nd coat for several days or longer.
    A

    Per Boracare's label you need to allow the first application to dry by waiting at least 20 minutes in between applications. For some applications, like when treating for Subterranean or Formosan termites, you may need to wait at least an hour between applications.

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  • Asked by Dale from West Point, Ne
    05/01/2014
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    Can Boracare be used to pre-treat the foundation of new construction & at what concentration?
    This would be done before any wood framing.
    A
    Boracare would work great as a pre treatment for wood you are using. To pre treat the soil you are laying the foundation on, we recommend using Termidor SC. You want to dilute .8 fl oz Termidor per gallon water. Apply one gallon diluted solution per 10 sq feet.
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  • Asked by Walter from Memphis,tn
    08/23/2013
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    can i spray boracae on top of timbor?
    I want to use Timbor for termites, then spray Boracare with mold block on top .Which should I spray first? Will spraying Boracare on top of Timbor make the Timbor penetrate deeper, or stop the Boracare from penetrating? Will spraying Timbor on top of Boracare stop the mold block from working?
    A
    In most cases you can completely skip using the Timbor and just use the Boracare with Moldcare. Do you have current termite activity?
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  • Asked by Edwin from San Diego, Ca
    10/18/2011
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    If wood is already painted can it be treated with Boracare injected through holes drilled into the wood?
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    Yes, you can still treat wood that is painted with Bora-Care by injecting it, however it does require quite a few holes.  You should drill holes every 6 inches apart in a diamond pattern into the center of the wood and inject the Bora-care into all of the holes.  It helps to drill at a downward angle so the Bora-care does not run out of the holes due to gravity.  So, you would drill holes in the center of the wood, and then also another row of holes near the top and the bottom which will form a diamond pattern.
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  • Asked by Bill from Beckley, Wv
    06/20/2013
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    Can I use bora-care on my fence?
    My fence was built 3 years ago. We used pressure treated boards but never stained or painted them, and the fence is now being drilled by powder post beetles. Apparently the treatment has worn off. If the beetles are drilling it does that mean Boracare can be used?
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    You can certainly use Boracare on your fence. Any areas that have an active infestation of powder post beetles will need to be treated at the rate of 1:1 and all other areas where there is no activity can be used 5:1. Once the Boracare has been applied to the fence, you will need to seal/stain/paint it to keep the rain from slowly washing it away over the years. If sealed, the Boracare will last for the life of the wood after application. Please let us know if you have any other questions.
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  • Asked by Lynette from Phoenix, Az
    10/27/2015
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    Do we need to remove the pavers and trench then apply Termidor SC, or can we use BoraCare sprayed on the pavers and foundation wall to prevent termite access?
    We have found a termite tube on the concrete foundation wall (exterior) in our courtyard. Our courtyard consists entirely of pavers. Do we need to remove the pavers and trench then apply Termidor SC or can we use Bora Care sprayed on the pavers and foundation wall to prevent termite access?
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    Boracare is only labeled to be used directly on wood so this should not be used on a concrete wall or paver. For your concrete areas against the home, you will need to get the termiticide underneath the concrete against the foundation. To do this you will need a hammer drill with a 1/2" x 18" drill bit. You drill holes throughout the concrete about 3-4 inches away from the wall or foundation, and about every 10"-12" apart. Once the holes are drilled, you fill at the same rate you did the trench, 4 gallons per 10 feet. To fill these, we would recommend using the one gallon sprayer on a "pin stream" setting so you can force the liquid down the hole and not splash it everywhere. You can also use a funnel and pour the termiticide down the holes. It is difficult to get 4 gallons per 10 feet in the holes, so it is important that you use a long drill bit, at least 18" long so you can bore out enough dirt to hold the termiticide. Once the holes are filled all you need to do is patch them with a concrete patch filler you can buy at Home Depot or you can use our Trebor plugs that will close the hole with no concrete mess.

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  • Asked by Art from Plano, Texas
    09/30/2017
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    Can I treat a new, unstained Cedar fence with Bora-Care?
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    Yes, you can use Boracare on any raw wood.  Boracare protects wood from wood-infesting insects like termites, carpenter ants, and wood-boring beetles, plus wood decay fungus. You can apply Boracare at a 5:1 dilution rate with water for preventative wood treatment. Apply with a sprayer, paint brush, or roller. When treating exterior wood such as a fence, you should apply a water sealant after the Boracare has tried completely. 

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  • Asked by Monika from Gulfport, Fl
    07/21/2018
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    Boracare as preventative treatment in attic
    We have a five year old home that has evidence of dry wood termites in the attic. Pinholes in the bath where frass got pushed out and a pile of frass in the attic which was visible after insulation was pulled up. We live in Gulfport FL and have been advised to tent our home and fumigate with Vikane. One exterminator recommended applying Boracare to all the exposed wood areas in the attic as a preventative measure and at a cost of $2k. The house is a single level 3000 sq ft house. Is there any documentation on how effective this spot treatment is? We do not know how they entered but assume it may have been when the house was built. My concern is that it’s a big cost and there is lots more area in the house that would not be protected as there is no access behind walls. Ali’s is one application even enough?
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    The advantage of doing a tenting treatment is that it will kill all the insects in the home at the time of treatment. Since drywood termites have one colony all in one place, this would eliminate all colonies present without necessarily having to locate all of them. Obviously cost and time can be a concern with this type of treatment. Plus, tenting does not provide any kind of prevention, so a Boracare treatment on raw wood is a great idea for prevention. If you are going to treat yourself, then you would use signs like frass and kickout holes to locate where the live termites are in the structure, and you would spot treat each of those areas. I recommend using a foam termiticide such as FUSE Foam to spot treat live termite activity in the structure. It is not recommend to spot treat only using Boracare. Boracare is a unique product in that it absorbs into the wood and stays present for the life of the wood, so it is really one of the only things you can do for prevention of drywood termites.

    We have more tips in our Drywood Termite Treatment Guide here

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  • Asked by Kent from Ludlow, Ma
    08/09/2016
    Q
    Will the Boracare that I used previously take care of the powderpost beetles in my barn now?
    I previously applied one of your products approx. 1 yr ago and some beetles are still present. I don't remember the product name at this time. Where do I go from here? I have powderpost beetles in my barn. What product should i use.
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    It was Boracare that you purchased before, and provided that you used that correctly when applying and sealed it within 90 days of applications it will take care of the powderpost beetles that are present now. They have to feed on the wood in order to ingest the Boracare at this time to kill them. 

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  • Asked by Robert from Ashfield, Ma
    08/23/2012
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    I have painted hollow columns made of 3/4" pine and I would like to protect them with Bora care.
    I plan to drill holes in all four sides near the top and spray the Bora Care in. Would foaming be better. What foaming agent and how much should I use in my 1 gallon Chapin sprayer?
    A

    Foaming would definitely be the best option for your scenario. You mix Bora-Care as you normally would at a 1:1 ratio (one gallon of bora-care with one gallon of water).  After you mix it, pour the solution in the foamer and add Pro-Foam foaming solution.   You want a high expansion foam so you should mix 7 to 10 oz. of Pro-Foam per gallon of bora-care solution that you make.  Then close the lid, shake the foamer, and pump it like you would any other hand pump sprayer.  The Chapin Poly Foamer comes with a coiled hose and ¼ inch tapered nozzle.  You can get the Chapin poly foamer in a 1 gallon model or a 2 gallon model. 

    Here are links for you to see:

    Two gallon poly foamer:  http://www.domyownpestcontrol.com/chapin-poly-foamer-gallon-2659-p-292.html

    One gallon poly foamer:  http://www.domyownpestcontrol.com/chapin-poly-foamer-gallon-2658-p-495.html

    Profoam foaming agent: www.domyownpestcontrol.com/profoam-foaming-concentrate-p-307.html

    Hope this helps.  Please let me know if you have any further questions.

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  • Asked by John from Sugar Land, Tx
    06/04/2015
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    Question about applying BORACARE to furniture, what to do after
    The right section of our game cabinet is infected with drywood termites. We had this removed (its now in the garage) and we are thinking about treating it with Boracare and then re-installing it. Was wondering what the recommendation would be so as to have the cabinet look good after application. For example, if the product leaves a sticky residue, what should be done before re-installing? (sorry if the question is very basic) And curious if the color of the wood can change after application?
    A
    If more than one application Boracare is applied it can leave a crystal white type residue. Please allow 72 hours for it to dry. If you need to you can paint or sand over the furniture after the Boracare has soaked in. It should not leave a sticky residue. 
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  • Asked by Wayne
    03/28/2011
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    Can BoraCare be sprayed with a paint sprayer (Wagner for example)
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    Bora-Care should be applied by a hand pump sprayer or painted on as suggested on the label.  Bora-Care is a very thick product and when applied through fine nozzles like a mister or a paint sprayer, it has been known to clog the nozzles on these sprayers.  It is meant to be applied through larger openings in hand pump sprayers or painted on.
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  • Asked by Ken from San Antonio, Tx
    09/24/2015
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    If Bora-Care only penetrates up to 4 inches thick, will it kill an active dry wood termite infestation? Wouldn't they be able still eat the interior of the beam and continue to live?
    I have active dry wood termites in thick interior beams inside the house. The beams are exposed and untreated, and it would be possible for me to spray Bora-Care on 3 sides of them. However, the beams are about 10 in x 10 thick.
    A

    Bora-Care can be applied to raw, natural wood and penetrate 4 inches into the wood surfaces. It is recommended to apply to all sides of the wood for the best results. You will mix it at a 1:1 ratio for active drywood termites and it should be diluted with hot water in a separate container and mixed completely first. After it is mixed properly, you can add it to your spray tank for application. Please refer to the link below for the application chart based on dimensions.

    Application Chart

    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.

    Bora-Care Product Label

    Drywood Termite Treatment Article

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  • Asked by Michael from Deland
    02/03/2017
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    Can Bora-Care be used on painted wood?
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    Bora-Care is only labeled for use on raw, untreated wood. For an effective treatment we would recommend you strip the wood of any paint.  

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  • Asked by Tricia
    05/14/2016
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    Would we benefit from using Boracare on the T-1-11 for our ceiling of a wraparound porch?
    Before we stain, also we have old barn beams we will use in our new home that have little pinpoint holes, worried about bugs. Should we use this on them before we finish them?? Thanks
    A

    Any untreated or unstained wood, including plywood, would benefit from an application of Boracare to help protect it from wood infesting pests, fungi and dry rot.  If you do have an active infestation of pests in the wood Boracare would be the best treatment for that as well before you stain. When treating wood that may be exposed to rainfall, be sure to apply a water sealant after the Boracare application has dried.

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  • Asked by Paul from Conroe, Tx
    06/09/2016
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    Can you use Boracare as a perimeter treatment?
    Would Boracare work as a perimeter treatment on concrete foundation and weep holes in the brick where trenching is not an option?
    A

    Unfortunately, Boracare is not labeled to be used as a perimeter treatment on concrete. It is lableled to be used on cellulosic materials including wood, plywood, particle board, oriented strand board, cardboard, and wood composite structural componets only. 

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  • Asked by Chris
    05/06/2015
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    Powder Post Beetle Active Infestation
    I'm reasonable sure that the infestation is powder post beetles and have sent two beetles to an entomologist for identification. In the mean time, what should I do to control them? I have suspend, bifen and taurus on hand. Could I inject any of these into the holes, let it dry, plug the holes, and then apply a light localized spray? I bought and installed the #2 grade 3/4 unfinished walnut plank (or strip) flooring from a salvage store about three years ago. The flooring was labeled and I was able to identify the NW Pacific manufacturer, which has since gone out of business. My house is on a slab, but has 2x10 floor joists. The subfloor is 3/4 plywood. Roof tar paper was used between the subfloor and the hardwood. The floor was sanded, stained, and top coated with 3 layers. The infestation is limited to lighter colored boards (sapwood?) and maybe a few exit holes in the darker (heartwood?) boards.There is currently fras around exit holes in three boards, and 2 to 3 fras covered holes each day. I might have seen fras the previous spring, but didn't think anything about it because I was installing tile during that time. One board has a few dozen exit holes, while the other boards have only a handful.
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    Boracare is the best treatment option for any type of wood destroying insect including powder post beetles. However, no matter how new or old the wood is Boracare can only be used on wood in its raw natural state. If the wood has any type of stain or finish on them you would need to either sand it off and apply Boracare and re-stain it, or drill holes periodically through the areas where you have activity and inject Boracare into the center of the wood. Please let us know if you have any other questions.
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