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  • Asked by Doug from Cherry Valley Ny
    08/27/2013
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    Treating powder post beetle in 1-2" hardwood lumber?
    A
    The best product we recommend to use for wood boring insects is Boracare. Boracare will penetrate up to 4in into raw untreated wood. The active ingredient in Boracare is an inorganic salt and once in place will not decompose or volatilize out of the wood. Treatment is long lasting as long as the treated material is not exposed to rain, continuous water or ground contact.
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  • Asked by Milton from Colonial Heights, Va
    12/15/2017
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    Does the insulation have to be removed before I spray Bora-Care for mold and termite protection in my crawl space?
    I have mold on my floor choices in crawl space
    A

    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.

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  • Asked by Guy from Hanover, Pa
    09/02/2018
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    When installing wormy red oak flooring new construction, do both sides need to be sprayed with Bora-Care?
    A

    Bora-Care should be sprayed on all sides of raw wood for the best results.

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  • Asked by Barbara from Hendersonville
    09/19/2018
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    Will Boracare erode metal? I want to treat basement wood ceiling with Boracare. The ceiling has a lot of metal ductwork. While spraying, some of the product will undoubtedly land on the ductwork.
    A

    Boracare will not damage any type of metal.  

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  • Asked by Andy
    08/19/2014
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    Can BORACARE be used full strength to penetrate better or is dilution required?
    A

    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 thick

    5:1 parts water to Boracare – 9% - most preventative or pre-construction treatments.

    Please let us know if you have any additional questions.
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  • Asked by Ronald from Burnt Hills, Ny
    04/05/2016
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    Can Boracare be used over CWF (applied 5-6 years ago)?
    A

    Borcare can be applied to untreated wood only. 

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  • Asked by Howard from San Juan Capistrano, Ca
    09/19/2016
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    Is Bora-Care safe to use on a laminated beam?
    My laminated beam has dry rot. I want to make sure that the Boracare will not melt the glue that holds the wood together in the laminated beam
    A

    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. 

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  • Asked by Terry from Marietta, Ga
    02/15/2019
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    We have insulation between the floor joists. We took down insulation to apply Boracare. how long do we wait to put the insulation back up? Can we use the same insulation?
    A

    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.

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  • Asked by Joseph from Andalusia, Al.
    03/24/2013
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    What is best way to treat and re-stack stored lumber?
    I have stacked rough-sawn pine 1X lumber that has powderpost beetle infestation. I plan to unstack and treat with Boracare. Do both sides need treating and can the lumber be restacked wet or should I use cross-outs between them? This lumber will be used for siding in the future and have concerns about it turning dark if stacked wet.
    A
    We do recommend that you treat both sides of the lumber and that you leave it unstacked for at least 72 hours to allow it to dry for best results.
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  • Asked by Miki
    07/08/2017
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    What can I do about powderpost beetles in finished antiques?
    Is there a safe way to treat them?
    A

    Bora-Care should only be applied to raw, natural wood. For more information on treating for powderpost beetles, please take a few moments to review our treatment article for successful eradication.

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  • Asked by Frederick from Los Angeles
    01/24/2014
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    What protective clothing is recommended in addition to goggles, respirator and gloves when using Boracare?
    Is there some need for a protective hood or something in addition to goggles and a respirator long sleeves and pants and rubber gloves when spraying BoraCare in a closed area such as a crawlspace? If so, where can one buy suitable products?
    A
    Nisus recommends on the Bora Care product label that applicators use goggles, respirator, protective clothing, and chemical resistant gloves.
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  • Asked by Tom from Newport Oregon
    02/25/2012
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    Can Boracare be used on an unfinished hardwood floor that will be top coated with a clear finish?
    A
    Bora-Care can be used on any raw wood that is not painted, stained, or sealed.  Since it dries on clear, it is no problem to stain, paint, or seal when you are done or apply a clear coat finish.
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  • Asked by Adk from San Jose, Ca
    04/17/2019
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    I have raised vegetable boxes made of wood. Is Bora Care safe Once it penetrates the wood and meets the dirt?
    A

    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. 

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  • Asked by Linda from Canton, Georgia
    08/28/2013
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    I have a log home with powderpost beetles. Will Bora-Care be a good product choice for the entire home?
    A

    Bora-Care would be a great choice for treatment of powderpost beetles on raw natural wood. I have included the product label link below for additional information.

    Bora-Care Product Label

    Bora-Care Log Home Label

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  • Asked by Carol from Conroe, Tx
    02/03/2018
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    Can Bora-Care be effective if I just drill into a stud and apply it?
    Since we have chemical sensitivities, we sealed the studs of our home before sheetrock with a waterbased seal. I've found frass underneath a windowseat and want to treat with Boracare. Is it possible to treat the studs by drilling into the studs and injecting the BoraCare that way?
    A

    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.

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  • Asked by Shamarie from Wasilla, Ak
    06/25/2018
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    Is Bora-Care safe to use around pets?
    A

    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.

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  • Asked by Joelieanna from Orlando, Florida
    12/31/2015
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    Does Boracare kill wood beetles or termites burrowed in a stained but not sealed tabletop?
    We were given an antique table from Puerto Rico. My husband stripped it and stained it. We brought it inside and we noticed dust accumulating in a section of the table. We were told it has wood beetles. He spent a lot of time restoring it, so we hope to save the table; however, we have wood floors and live in Florida.
    A

    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.

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  • Asked by Teri from Portland, Or
    05/25/2019
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    Does Boracare kill carpenter ants?
    A

    Yes, Bora-Care is labeled for carpenter ants.

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  • Asked by Michael from Fremont, Ca
    05/10/2013
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    Is Boracare safe to spray onto electrical wiring, low voltage wiring and other new construction materials?
    A
    Neither Boracare, or any liquid is safe to be sprayed into electrical wiring of any sort. This would be an extreme shock hazard and damage your equipment and wiring. Boracare is strictly a raw natural wood treatment product for wood destroying insects like Termites, Carpenter ants and Powder Post Beetles. If there is a particular pest you are trying to treat for you can let us know and we can recommend a product that can be used in the areas you mentioned.
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  • Asked by Chris from Arlington, Va
    06/05/2018
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    Would pressure washing remove Bora-Care from my cedar fence?
    Also, how long does this have to be allowed to dry before staining? If I just apply to one side is that sufficient?
    A

    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. 

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