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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?
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    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?
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    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 Gavin from Chariton, Ia
    04/13/2018
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    Is Bora-Care safe to use with parrots?
    A

    Bora-Care is safe if it is applied to raw wood when the pets are not present. Once the treated surfaces have completely, it is safe for them to returned to the treated areas/surfaces.

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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 Shamarie from Wasilla, Ak
    06/25/2018
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    Is Bora-Care safe to use around pets?
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    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.
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    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 Charles from New Orleans
    12/25/2018
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    How long should I wait to apply wood hardeners after treating with Bora-Care?
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    You should apply Boracare to raw wood. You can then apply any stain, sealant, or paint after the Boracare application has dried, usually 24-48 hours.  

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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?
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    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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  • Asked by Jack from Goose Creek, Sc
    12/11/2019
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    How long will Bora-Care last after being mixed?
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    Bora-Care will need to be used immediately after being mixed, becasue after about 24 hours the product starts to break down and lose its efficacy. You also want to be sure the product is not left overnight in a sprayer, becasue this may clog the sprayer. 

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  • Asked by Rene from La, Ca
    06/16/2017
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    Is it okay to use Bora-Care during a heat wave?
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    Bora-Care can be applied in any temperature as long as it is not below freezing. However, the warmer the temperature the easier it will be to mix and apply the Bora-Care because of its thick consistency.

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  • Asked by Richie
    06/17/2010
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    Can BoraCare be shipped to New York State?
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    No, Bora-Care is not allowed to be shipped to New York at this time.
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  • Asked by Kris from Mexico
    05/28/2014
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    On new wood construction how long after application of Boracare can I stain the wood?
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    You should wait at least 48 hours after the application of Bora-Care before applying stain
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  • Asked by Lamar from Athens Ga
    01/07/2020
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    I treated approximately 400 salvaged old growth pine boards, some infested some not. Sprayed all four sides.
    I treated approximately 400-500 salvaged old growth pine 2x6 boards, some infested some not.Using 7 gallons mixed 1/1, sprayed all four sides. now it is all covered with white crystals. I have wiped some of the boards down with water but the crystals return after week or so. These boards were to be used as interior walls. How do I keep this crystallization from reoccurring?
    A

    There are a few things that could cause Boracare to leave residue once the application has dried. One possibility is that the solution was not mixed completely before it was applied. Boracare is best mixed in a separate container such as a 5 gallon bucket and using an impeller-type mixer such as one you would use to mix paint. If Boracare is applied very heavily (to the point of runoff), then there can be excess product which the wood cannot absorb, and that could dry in a whitish finish on the surface of the wood. Next, when you have very old wood there could be little to no moisture left in the wood, and that moisture is how the Boracare penetrates through the wood. So this really would go back to just using more Boracare than the wood can absorb. Finally, if there were any kind of finish on the wood such as paint, stain, etc., then this would have to be removed completely before you could apply Boracare or other borate products.

    You can use warm soapy water and a scrub brush to remove any excess product that may leave residue on the wood.

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  • Asked by Ryan from Pa
    11/03/2011
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    Why is the BoraCare treated wood still sticky? Should I be concerned about insulating in these areas?
    I treated the wood along the sill beam, subfloor, joists, etc. in my basement 6 days ago. I have had a fan running in the area to promote drying, yet the wood still seems to be sticky/wet. I am assuming that at this point this is not really water, more likely part of the penetrating agents? I need to replace the fiberglass batt insulation, is this likely to cause mold, problems, etc.? Any other thoughts to reduce the drying time? Would simply wiping down the wood at this point with a wet rag and then allowing another few hours dry time be sufficient? I did follow the mixing directions closely, including mixing with a drill and hot water for quite some time. I applied with the 2 gal Chapin sprayer waited 30 minutes and reapplied.
    A
    Bora-Care should not be taking that long to dry.  Typically it only takes 24 hours.  Usually when this is the case, it means that too much was applied to the wood.  This may or may not be the case.  We would like you to call the manufacturer, Nisus, as they are the true experts on their own product and can better troubleshoot your situation.  You can reach them at:  Nisus: 800.264.0870
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  • Asked by Robert from Mount Olive Al.
    08/16/2013
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    Will Bora-Care kill carpenter bees? How long will the treatment last?
    A
    Boracare is not labeled for carpenter bee control as the boracare must be ingested to affect the insect. Carpenter bees only tear away at the wood, they dont eat it like termites do so they normally will not be affected. Carpenter bees are normally less attracted to treated wood but even after sealing the wood, you could use a residual spray like Cyonara 9.7 to spray across the wood to kill them just from landing on the treated surface. Bora-Care lasts for the life of the wood.
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  • Asked by Casey from San Antonio, Tx
    04/24/2019
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    How long do I need to wait after the application of Boracare before I can apply finish?
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    You will need to allow the wood to dry completely before applying the finish. We would recommend waiting at least 3-5 days after the Boracare application. 

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  • Asked by A from Florida
    05/10/2019
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    Will Bora-Care kill palmetto bugs?
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    Bora-Care will not kill palmetto bugs.  It is labeled for wood-destroying insects such as termites, carpenter ants, powderpost beetles, etc.  Insects need to ingest wood that has been treated with Bora-Care in order for it to kill them.  

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  • Asked by Jim from 19
    06/07/2015
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    Can an insecticide for controlling adult powder post beetles be applied at the same time as Boracare for larva?
    Treating infested black locust structural posts in a home.
    A
    We would recommend using Boracare first. Once the product has dried and a sealant has been used, then an insecticide can be used. Please let us know if you have any additional questions.
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