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  • Asked by Gina from So. Lancaster, Massachusetts
    08/18/2016
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    Is there any chance of the Lumber (Walnut and Cherry) being damaged or stained with Boracare?
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    No, Boracare soaks into the wood itself, and would be a clear product so there would be no staining involved. This product is designed to be used on all types of wood as well so it would not damage the wood as long at it was applied when the wood was in the raw state with no stains, paints, or finishes. 

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  • Asked by Margaret from Penang, Malaysia
    11/11/2016
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    How to get rid of wood borers?
    I have infestation of wood borers in my bedroom/bathroom! The local pest control companies have been very ineffective! They sprayed 3 times!
    A

    The most popular product we sell for wood-destroying beetles such as powderpost beetles is Boracare. This is a borate wood treatment that can be used on any raw wood that is absorbed into the wood and stays there. You should dilute and apply Boracare at a 1:1 ratio with water when treating active insect infestations. Please keep in mind that we only ship within the US.

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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?
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    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 Ken from Los Angeles, Ca
    03/18/2017
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    I have a wooden door that I am repairing. Should I use Boracare, Termidor SC, or Adonis WP to treat it?
    I have the interior of the door exposed and I want to treat for drywood termites. Which product will be the longest lasting and the best? I have all three.
    A

    If the raw wood of the door is exposed, then Boracare is definitely the product you want to use. Mix it at a 5:1 ratio for termite prevention or a 1:1 ratio for an active infestation and spray as many sides of the wood that you can get to. Boracare will soak into the wood and last for the life of the wood to protect it from wood destroying insects and fungus.

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  • Asked by Dennis from Gig Harbor
    03/19/2017
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    Will Bora-Care work for carpenter ants?
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    Boracare should only be used to prevent carpenter ants. We do not recommend using it to treat and active infestation. You can treat and active infestation by using something like Carpenter Ant Bait or by treating directly with a product like Phantom Aerosol or Termidor Foam.

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  • Asked by Gerald from Slidell, Louisiana
    04/29/2017
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    After treating plywood with Bora-Care can I apply a water based finish to the plywood?
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    Bora-Care treatments take approx. 72 hours to dry. After that you can do what you wish to the wood including applying a finish.

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  • Asked by Jake
    08/15/2017
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    After I apply Bora-Care and Bora-Care with Mold-Care to my crawlspace and let it dry, can I spray other insecticides in the crawlspace as well?
    Will any types of insecticides, such as the ones pest control companies routinely spray, reduce the effectiveness of the Bora-Care?
    A

    Once the BoraCare and BoraCare with Mold Care have had time to dry, spraying a general purpose insecticde over the area would not affect the BoraCare application. 

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  • Asked by Joe from Chatsworth
    10/12/2017
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    How long after treating the wood / killing the termites with Boracare will it be safe to use the wood for cutting boards?
    I have some logs with termites, and I wanted to make cutting boards out of them.
    A

    You can use the wood as a cutting board after applying Bora-Care, as long as you apply a water sealant on it after the Boracare is dry.

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  • Asked by Mike from Manahawkin, Nj
    11/09/2017
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    Can I apply a mold killing primer after using Boracare?
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    Yes, any primer can be applied after using Bora-care. We would recommend waiting until the product has dried completely before applying the primer.

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  • Asked by Jon from Westminster
    11/12/2017
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    Is there a drywood termiticide (we see dead ones w wings a lot) that once one termite touches or eats it, it'll spread to the colony?
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    Our liquid concentrate Taurus SC would be a great non-repellent that is great for soil applications for subterranean termites and is successful in termite colony eradication . Bora-Care alone will kill the dry wood termites very effectively.  Non-repellents do not kill on contact. They have a delay kill which is what you want for termites.  Bora-Care will kill termites much faster than a non-repellent product which can take up to 90 days to kill the termite colony.  We suggest just using Bora-Care since it is the #1 treatment on the market for dry wood termites. For more helpful information, please check out our treatment article on How to Get Rid of Drywood Termites

     

     

     

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  • Asked by C from Irvine, Ca
    01/07/2018
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    Does Bora-Care penetrate through the glue in plywood?
    Would there be any benefit to spraying just one side of the bare roof plywood that is exposed inside my attic? Does it only penetrate thru the outer bare laminate and stop at the glue layer?
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    Apply Bora-Care solutions only to bare wood, plywood, particleboard and other cellulosic materials where an intact water-repellent barrier, such as paint, stain or sealer, is not present.  The glue should not pose any issues.  If you can treat all sides that is always better, but one side would be suffficient if there is not access to all sides.

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  • Asked by Winter from Los Angles, Ca
    02/15/2018
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    I treated a cabinet 1 month ago with Bora-Care but I still see dust from beetles- when will they die?
    A

    When treating for powder post beetles, it is important to know that you may still see some beetles emerge even after you've treated with Bora-Care. This could be because the product may not have reached the center of the wood yet, or because there were still some dormant beetles at the time of application. With Bora-Care, the powderpost beetles do have to consume the wood in order to die.  If you are still seeing activity, this means they are consuming the wood and dying.  Any wood treated with Bora-Care, however, will be protected from any new damage. There is no need to treat again.

     

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  • Asked by Paul from San Rafael, Ca
    09/23/2018
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    What type of sprayer do I need to apply Boracare?
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    Any hand pump sprayer can be used to apply Boracare.  It is recommended to dilute the Boracare in a bucket with hot water and then add the dilution to the sprayer. If you dilute Boracare directly in the sprayer you will almost always wind up with a clogged sprayer.

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  • Asked by Joseph from Pittsville, Va
    01/24/2021
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    Do I need to spray both sides of boards using Bora-Care if they are only 1 inch thick?
    I just put board and batten siding on an outdoor shed. These boards were cut from green logs and put directly on the shed. Since the boards are only an inch thick, and Boracare penetrates more than that, is there really any need to spray it on both sides of the boards?
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    If you can treat all sides of the wood when applying Boracare, that is best. However, if you can only access one side, then it would still be recommended to apply two coats of Boracare at least 20 minutes apart. If the wood is still very fresh, then it is best to let it cure for at least a few days before applying Boracare.

    Keep in mind that for prevention you can dilute Boracare at the 5:1 ratio with water, per the product label.

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  • Asked by Kate
    02/14/2011
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    I have a 100 year old home with log joists in my crawl space and basement that are about 6" to 8" in diameter.
    Will spraying Bora-Care as termite (and powder post beetle) treatment be adequate? Or would you recommend drilling and injecting Bora-Care into the logs? If so, at what spacing? How much in each injection? Also, I have evidence of both termite and powder post beetle damage (inactive). Would you recommend spraying the entire crawl space and basement ceilings, rather than just around the edge as recommended for termites?
    A
    You do not need to drill holes into any beams, but you should treat the entire crawl space.  Most people end up doing that for adequate protection because termites and beetles can travel inside the wood away from the perimeter.  One application of Bora-Care is usually enough, but if you have 8" beams, then you would probably want to do a second application only on the larger beams since anything over 8" thick requires two treatments.  Typically one gallon of Bora-Care will treat up to 500 square feet of surface sub-floor in the crawl space mixing it 1:1 (1 gallon of Bora-Care with 1 gallon of water).
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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 Mickey from Kerrville, Texas 78028
    02/29/2012
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    Does Bora-Care require a special sprayer? Could one use a typical household pump sprayer?
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    Boracare applications do not require a special sprayer. You are required to dilute Boracare in a bucket with hot water and then add the dilution to the sprayer. If you dilute Boracare directly in the sprayer you will almost always wind up with a clogged sprayer.
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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?
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    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 Doug from Beaumont, Tx
    03/28/2013
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    Treatment With BoraCare Followed By Thompson Water Seal
    I have read that when Bora Care is applied to untreated lumber and dries, it can be painted, stained and etc. I am currently building a home and will use untreated 4x8 plywood (3/4" thickness). I will apply Bora Care at the recommended rate and let dry, Subsequently, I want to treat the plywood with a water sealer such as Thompson Water Seal as a temporary sealer until I get the home dried-in. Of course the water sealer will penetrate the plywood to some extent. Will the water sealer have any adverse effects on the Bora Care?
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    The Sealer should not have any effect on the Boracare treatment as long as you allow the Boracare application to dry before applying the sealer. We recommend waiting at least 3 days before sealing (but not longer than 6 weeks).
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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?
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    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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