Regular Bora-Care does not treat or prevent mold in the wood, only wood decay fungus and wood-destroying insects. For mold remediation or prevention, you should use Boracare with MoldCare. This product needs to be applied directly to the wood to be absorbed, so if the insulation is blocking the wood, then you do need to remove it before spraying. Boracare with MoldCare does not remove stains, so if you want to remove any stains or other discoloration, you can treat the wood first with Mold Clean.
Bora-Care should be sprayed on all sides of raw wood for the best results.
Boracare will not damage any type of metal.
Boracare does need to be diluted depending on what you are intending to use the product for. For an active infestation of a wood destroying insect, you will use 1 gallon of hot water with 1 gallon of Boracare. The percentage of active ingredient is 23% in that dilution.
2:1 parts water to Boracare – 16% - foaming or misting application for termites or carpenter ants; hardwood floors for some wood-infesting beetles
3:1 parts water to Boracare – 13% - remedial control of Fungi and Algae on wood less than 4 inches thick5:1 parts water to Boracare – 9% - most preventative or pre-construction treatments.
Borcare can be applied to untreated wood only.
Bora-Care should only be applied to raw wood in its natural form only for proper penetration. If there is a laminated coating on the beam the product will not be absorbed properly.
It is safe to put insulation back once surfaces treated that have been treated with Bora-Care are completely dry. You can either use the same insulation or replace with new.
Yes, you will treat the wood directly and let the application dry completely. Bora-Care will not absorb into the soil or treat the soil in any way.
If you know that you have termites or carpenter ants in treated wood, then we would recommend spot treating with a non-repellent insecticide that will transfer throughout the colony, such as Fuse Foam. Fuse Foam is a ready-to-use product that has a foaming agent to help it expand and fill galleries. You would need to use the kickout holes as a guide to drill into the termite/ant gallery so that you can get at least some of the product in direct contact with the live insects. The product then works slowly enough to get transferred throughout the whole insect colony and cause collapse. If you prefer a Borate product, then we recommend the ready-to-use formulation of Boracare called Jecta. Jecta is designed for spot treatments.
Bora-Care is safe if it is applied to raw wood when the pets are not present. Once the treated surfaces have completely dried, it is safe for them to return.
Boracare will not be absorbed into wood that is stained or treated. If the wood is stripped down to the bare, exposed wood, then you could apply Boracare before re-painting or re-staining the wood. If this is not possible, then you may want to consider having a local pest control company fumigating the piece of furniture to kill any existing insects in it.
Yes, Bora-Care is labeled for carpenter ants.
Bora-Care penetrates up to 4 inches into the wood. Pressure washing will not remove it. We recommend to wait about 72 hours after applying Bora-Care before doing anything else to the wood. It is recommended to apply to all sides of the wood you are treating.