Bora-Care - Questions & Answers

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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 Jesse from Raleigh, Nc
    07/26/2013
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    Will Boracare work on the underside of my deck?
    The top of the floor has been oiled. The deck is 8 feet high. Will spraying the underside of the floor with Timbor or Boracare kill the beetles?
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    Yes, Boracare will penetrate up to 4 inches in the wood. You can foam, spray, or paint the diluted solution.
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  • Asked by Doug from Cherry Valley Ny
    08/27/2013
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    Bora-Care cannot be shipped to New York. What's the next best thing?
    A
    Currently, the State of New York restricts shipment of all termiticides to your state.
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  • Asked by Sp from San Diego, Ca
    11/10/2013
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    Can Boracare be injected without dilution?
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    Bora-Care is a concentrate and will require dilution for treatment. The 1:1 ratio would be for any current activity or post construction structure. Please refer to the product label for specific treatment application instructions.
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  • Asked by Sharon from Goodrich Tx
    07/18/2014
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    Does this Boracare bottle have an inner seal?
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    BoraCare does not have a seal on the bottle.
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  • Asked by Long from Winnetka,ca
    08/23/2014
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    Can you make Boracare into a foam?
    Is it possible to make a foam version of Boracare instead of cutting the drywall of a house?
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    Yes, Boracare can be used as a foam. 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 a foaming agent and a poly foamer. You will mix 2 gallons of hot water with 1 gallon of 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 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
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    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 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 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 Jeff from Rogers, Ar
    07/24/2015
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    How do I apply Boracare for wood decaying fungus in a crawl space?
    Do you recommend a 1:1 ratio for existing areas of wood decaying fungus? If so, a 1:1 ratio will take a lot of chemical to treat the whole crawl space under my house - is it ok to spot treat with 1:1 ratio only affected areas and then spray 5:1 ratio for prevention everywhere else? And would I need to wait for spot treatment to dry first before spraying 5:1 ratio or could I just spray around it? Final question, should I spray first and then come back later and put down my vapor barrier? (I saw comment about spray being sticky.)
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    When using Boracare to treat for an active infestation of wood fungus it is applied at a 1:1 ratio for wood that is 4" thick or greater. Use a 3:1 dilution ratio for wood less than 4" in thickness.  You can spot treat the areas that have active fungus and then use the 5:1 for future prevention in the non effected areas.  You should be sure to address the moisture issue in the area before or during treatment of Boracare and apply a vapor barrier after the product has dried. Please see the product label for complete application instructions.

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  • Asked by Scot
    10/24/2010
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    If I treat new construction with Bora-Care, will I need to re-treat at some point?
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    Bora-Care is a wood specific wood treatment product that will last for the life of the wood when applied correctly.  You would not have to reapply the product on any wood that you treated originally.  This is what makes Bora-Care the best selling wood treatment product on the market.
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  • Asked by Boyd
    02/11/2011
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    How much Bora-Care is needed to pre-treat 1200 square feet of porch flooring?
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    Typically, one gallon of Bora-Care will treat up to 500 square feet of flooring when mixed 1:1 (1 gallon of Bora-Care mixed with 1 gallon water).
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  • Asked by Doug
    04/07/2011
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    How do I treat the wall next to my concrete patio?
    My concrete patio butts up next to my home. We have a crawl space, so do I treat in the crawl area only or what?? The termites have come up into the house on the patios cold joint.
    A
    Bora-Care is a great product to treat your crawl space with, however if these are live subterranean termites then Bora-Care may not be the best option.  Termidor can be used inside the house as a spot treatment and in the ground.  Termidor and Bora-Care are for two different treatments.  Termidor is meant for the soil, but can be used on wood as a spot treatment.  The main benefit of Termidor is that the termites will take it back to the colony under the ground and kill the colony at the source.  Bora-Care is a wood treatment product only, but it will not take care of the termite colony below the soil; it will only kill the termites that are in the wood.  So, you treat with Bora-Care later down the road in your crawl space since that wood is exposed and easy to get to, but you would want to wait until after you have treated this termite colony with Termidor, since Termidor will kill the termites at the source.  You should follow the instructions in our How To Do A Termite Treatment article paying close attention to the section about drilling holes, which is what is required on a patio.  You can also inject Termidor into the wall void by drilling a hole from the inside where you think they are.  You just have to touch a few termites with the Termidor for it to work.  Termidor can take up to 90 days to kill the entire colony depending on the colonies size. 
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  • Asked by Tom from Poway, Ca
    08/23/2011
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    Have fascia damage from dry wood termites. Do I treat with termidor and patch with bondo, or do I remove the
    fascia completely? Also have dry rot. Can I sand and then treat with timbor or do I have to completely remove the entire piece of wood?
    A
    Bora-Care would be the best product to use for the termites and the dry rot.  Bora-Care, as well as Timbor which is made from the same company, can only be applied to raw wood.  It can not be applied to any wood that is painted, stained, or sealed.  You do not have to remove the wood, but you would need to sand the finish off of the side you are going to re-treat.  Bora-Care is better than Timbor because it dries clear whereas Timbor leaves a white residue.  Also, Bora-Care penetrates into the wood deeper ensuring you get to all of the termites and insects in the wood.  Termidor will not penetrate through wood at all, so Bora-Care is the preferred method for treating drywood termites.
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  • Asked by Margot from Huntington Beach, Ca
    09/01/2011
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    What can I use to kill beetles in a finished piece of furniture?
    finished sideboard has two tiny holes with shavings, what can i use to treat/kill beetle?
    A
    What you are describing does sound like powder post beetles. You can get rid of them by using a product such as Boracare but this will require you to strip the piece of furniture to get rid of any paint, stain or finish (Boracare will not work on finished 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. If it is just one piece of furniture that is infested and you do not want to strip off the finish you can also contact local furniture finishers or pest control operators who may offer a heat chamber. Heating the sideboard up to over 140 degrees for several hours will any pest that is inside.
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  • Asked by Don from Gilroy,ca.
    03/15/2012
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    When applying bora-care in drilled holes behind drywall is it best to spray or foam?
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    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 Benny from Chula Vista Ca91910
    05/03/2012
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    What diameter of holes do I drill in every 6 inches to inject boracare? And Boracare will be mixed with water?
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    You should drill whatever size hole you need based on what you have available to inject the Bora-care with.  Typically if you have an injection piece of equipment, 1/4 inch or 1/8 inch holes are used.  Please see this technical bulletin from the manufacturers of Bora-Care that explains about drilling and injecting into wood.  See page 5 and it will give specifics about the drill pattern, etc. 

    Bora-Care Remedial Technical Bulletin

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  • Asked by David from Madison, Va
    05/03/2012
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    How much Bora Care with Mold Care would I need to purchase to cover 1,600 sq. ft. of crawl?
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    One gallon of Bora-Care with Mold--Care should be mixed with 5 gallons of water which will treat (ballpark) about 1200 square feet of surface wood. So you will probably need 2 gallons of the concentrate.
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  • Asked by Steve from Metairie, La
    06/02/2013
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    Does it do any good to treat pressure treated wood with Bora-Care?
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    Boracare can be used on wood that is pressure treated, but it may take longer to absorb into the wood. In some cases, such as in a pre-construction termite treatment, pressure treated wood must be treated with Boracare. Boracare is preferred over other treatments such as Timbor in treating furniture because Boracare dries clear and will leave the furniture in its natural state. It will also absorb much further into the wood so you know the infestation is treated. Boracare is diluted with water at a 1:1 - 1:5 ratio depending on the pest you are targeting.

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