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  • Asked by Ellis from New Orleans, Louisiana
    10/09/2014
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    Can I use Bora-Care to control and stop Carpenter bees on new wood under my house before they start coming?
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    Bora-Care is not labeled for Carpenter Bee Control as it 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.  Cyonara is also found in one of Carpenter Bee Kits here.
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  • Asked by David from Onondaga, Mi
    09/22/2018
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    Can I use clothes dye with Bora-care?
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    For tracking purposes (to make it easier to see where Bora-Care solution has been applied) an appropriate marker dye or pigment may be added.  We suggest using Turf Mark Blue as this is an approved pigment dye used for Bora-Care. 

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  • Asked by Kurt from Chantilly, Va
    06/04/2013
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    Boracare on Mulch Beds
    I was wondering how effective Boracare would be if sprayed on mulch beds to prevent/deter termites and at what intervals should applications be made. I was recently removing soil from under two bay windows that previously were top-dressed with mulch. When I dug down about four to six inches, I hit pockets of termites and there were mud tubes along the foundation wall. I assume the termites were feeding on the mulch.
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    If you are having subterranean termite activity, boracare is not the product you need to use. You need to treat the home with a product like Termidor and trench around the foundation. You can see all the instruction for how a homeowner would kill and prevent infestations on their own with the Termidor in our instructions for How To Do A Termite Treatment. Boracare is only to be used on wood in its raw natural state and applying it to mulch would not repel the termites nor would it stay in the mulch very long being exposed to the outdoor elements. The termites were undoubtably attracted to the home because of the mulch as it is a prime environment for them to thrive in a heavily moisture containing wood area. We always discourage home owners from using mulch around the house and if you must use it, you need to keep a 6 inch barrier of just dirt between the foundation of the home and where the mulch starts. Please let us know if you have any other questions.
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  • Asked by Kamp from Grand Rapids, Mi
    07/26/2017
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    Can Bora-Care be used on partially treated wood?
    I have 1/2" thick reclaimed wood. One side of the wood has a clear coat polyurethane on it. the other side is the raw wood. I noticed a powderpost beetle working its way out of the wood on the side I sealed. Now I want to treat the wood with Bora-Care. Can I just apply it to the side that is unfinished and it will work just fine seeing's how it is raw wood? Or, do I have to strip the polyurethane first and treat bora-care on both sides of the board.
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    Bora-Care should only be applied to raw wood. It will not penetrate through any wood that has been pre-treated. Polyurethane is equivalent to applying paint, so the best process would indeed to be strip the finish and apply Boracare as this is the only product that will penetrate through the wood and eliminate the existing infestation and prevent future infestations.

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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?
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    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 Martha from Miami, Florida
    01/19/2018
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    Can I use Boracare for dry wood termites if the wood has been stained or painted?
    My kitchen cabinets have dry wood termites and I was considering using Bora-Care but noticed it is only effective on raw wood. What products are available for stained wood?
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    If you are able to, you can sand or strip the paint/stain off the wood and apply Boracare. If this is not an option, then you can inject a product like Jecta into the damaged areas.

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  • Asked by Earl
    07/11/2011
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    Will Bora-Care dried residue continue to kill pests and for how long?
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    When applied according to the product label, Bora-Care will penetrate into unfinished (unpainted, unstained) wood and will last for the life of the wood.
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  • Asked by Mike from Los Angeles, Ca
    02/21/2016
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    What can I used to treat my wine barrel planters for fungus?
    I am using wine barrels (halves) as planters. After 5 yrs, I lost one due to fungus growth on the inside of it. There has been no paint or stain applied to the inside, but of course the barrel did have red or white wine and so is stained. I looked through MANY of your questions - nice job!
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    You could use a product called Boracare on the barrels but you would be required to seal the inside of the wine barrel after application.  The red/white wine stain will not affect the application, only if it were stained with an actual wood stain or sealant.

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  • Asked by Mike from Lakeland, Fl
    12/03/2016
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    Will Bora Care work on doll/China cabinets that are painted or stained?
    My mother in law has two stained/painted cabinets that we have seen wings in. We live in Florida. I'm uncertain as to what type of termite this is and as to what method we should use. If I spray Boracare onto the two cabinets will it soak into the wood? The top and back of the cabinets are not painted/stained.
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    Bora-Care will penetrate through the wood and kill any insect eating the wood no matter where they are in the wood.  However, it can only be applied to raw wood so you would need to apply it to the side that is not painted.  It cannot be applied to wood that is painted, stained, or sealed.  If your wood is painted, stained, or sealed, then you will need to drill holes and inject Bora-Care or sand the finish off of the wood, treat with Bora-Care, and then refinish the wood

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  • Asked by Dave from Newport Beach Ca
    10/18/2013
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    Treat upholstered chair for termites
    My father passed away and I'm trying to save his favorite chair for my sister. The problem is that it is completly upholstered and I can't get to all the wood structures without ruining it. I tried using Cy-Kick aerosol and drilled small holes through the base of the chair to try to get into the interior of it and sprayed it where It would reach but I'm unable to get it on all the wood, let alone try to find the point of infestation. I wapped it up in a large tarp for a few days hoping the fumes would penatrate the entire chair but when I unwrap it I find several dozen dead small "swarmers" but some that are still alive as well. Is there any product you can recommend that may work without damaging or removing the Upholstery? If I could find a product that was more of a "gas" I could wrap it up in plastic again and leave it for a while. Ironically I had my house tarped and treated for termites a few months ago and it would have been so easy to put the chair in my house then if I would have known. I really want to save this chair for sentimental reasons. Thanks for any help you can give me. Dave
    A
    For furniture your options are limited for treatment. If the wood is in its all natural raw state without any stains or finishes on it you can use a product like Boracare. Boracare will absorb all the way into the wood and eliminate any infestation that is there and last for the life of the wood. It does not stain the wood or leave behind any visible residue, but becomes one with the wood and any insect that ingests it dies. If the furniture has a finish on it, you would either have to drill holes throughout it and inject something like the Boracare or a foam, or the option most go with, hire a company to fumigate it.
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  • Asked by Kelly from Georgia
    04/07/2015
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    I have dryrot in a plywood bulkhead on my fiberglass sailboat. Which of your products should I uses?
    I have eliminated the offending water intrusion. The area of the bulkhead affected is not structural, thought a chain plate is on an unaffected portion of the bulkhead and I must stop the fungus from spreading. Replacing the bulkhead is virtually out of the question.
    A
    We recommend using a borate product such as BoraCare or Timbor and treating the affected wood directly. Please read our Dry Rot Repair Article for directions and application procedures. 
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  • Asked by Kurt
    11/14/2013
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    Can I mix Bora-care and Steri-fab to take care of a mold infestation?
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    Sterifab is not labeled to treat mold. Boracare alone will not treat mold. You would want to use a product called Boracare with Moldcare to kill existing mold and to prevent future mold growth.
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  • Asked by Scott from Orangevale, Ca
    01/20/2019
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    After treating raw redwood with Bora Care, will the wood take an oil base or water base stain?
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    Yes, you can apply paint or stain (oil or water based) to the wood 48 hours after it has been treated with Bora-Care. 

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  • Asked by Cory from Green Bay, Wi
    10/01/2018
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    I’m looking at treating reclaimed 6x6’s for a coffered veiling. How deep does the Bora-Care penetrate?
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    Bora-Care is meant to be applied on all surfaces of raw, unfinished wood so it penetrates all the way to the center of the wood, and will last the lifetime of the wood.

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  • Asked by Len
    11/24/2009
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    Will Bora-Care kill severe black mold on plaster?
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    No, Bora-Care is not labeled to treat or prevent mold.  However, we do sell an upgrade version of Bora-Care called Boracare with Mold-Care that is labeled to treat and prevent mold on wood.
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  • Asked by Melissa from New Iberia
    05/18/2016
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    Can you spray Borac-care inside existing walls? Will it effect the insulation in the walls?
    I found a termite colony inside my wall up at the top near ceiling. They are visible on one side of the wall that is painted but not a trace on the side that is not painted. Visible meaning that there are small holes and I can see movement of little white crawlers inside the holes. Also, some winged ones came out of holes. There is insulation inside of the walls. Should I drill holes in walls and spray this stuff inside the walls. Or should I use something else for for this purpose. I bought termite killer from local home improvement store because it was like late evening when the bugs started flying around and in a panic it was the quick fix. I seems to have killed the small white crawlers and the winged critters but now days later, I have these bigger brown ones coming out the holes, only three but still. I don't know if more are in there and I want them gone. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
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    Boracare should only be applied directly to wood. We would recommend using something like Termidor Foam in the wall voids. This product will be injected at the studs of the wall. Termidor Foam is a non-repellent so the termites do not know they are coming in contact with it. You can drill holes in the stud every 10-12 inches apart. This product has a residual of 3 months. 

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  • Asked by Cynthia from Dana Point, Ca
    02/22/2016
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    What termite control product is safe to use around cats?
    I want to spray my 4 outdoor wood decks to protect against termites (house and decks were completely tented in April 2015.
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    Bora-Care is a very safe product and it is considered a green product as well.  Typically, it takes about an hour for the surface of the wood to dry.  After application has dried completely, it should be perfectly fine for children and pets to re-enter the house. Please read the BoraCare product label for complete usage instructions.  Boracare does have to be applied to raw, untreated, unpainted wood.

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  • Asked by Chris from Orange, Ca
    06/27/2013
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    How do i treat an existing wall with Boracare?
    We apparently have termites inside a laundry room wall, how do we treat the studs in this situation?
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    You will need to either open the wall completely and spray or paint the studs with the mixed solution of Boracare, or use a termite injection tool to inject it directly into the wood. Another option would be to use an expanding foam like Termidor Foam or Premise Foam to drill holes on either side of the studs and inject it in to run down and expand around the stud, or drill holes into the studs in search of the galleries they have eaten away and shoot the foam into these spots for direct treatment. If you have drywood termites these treatment methods should get rid of the entire colony in the wall. If you have subterranean termites you will need to do a trench treatment to properly eliminate the infestation and protect your home. You can see the directions and products needed to complete the treatment in our article called How To Do A Termite Treatment. Please let us know if you have any questions.
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  • Asked by Tristan from Bay Area, Ca
    04/08/2015
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    Will Bora-Care work on Ipe wood?
    My new Ipe deck has some kind of wood borer. The top is finished with Ipe Oil. The bottom is unfinished. I could spray the underside. The boards are only 3/4" thick, but Ipe is very dense. Do you know of anyone that has tried it on hardwood?
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    Bora-Care should be applied only on raw, natural wood with no finishes (stain, paint, sealant, varnish, etc). Bora-Care cannot penetrate into sealed or finished wood. After wood has been treated with Bora-Care, you can paint, stain or seal the wood with no problems. We recommend waiting at least 3 days before sealing (but not longer than 6 weeks). Outdoor wood should be sealed after application of the product.
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  • Asked by Smith from Los Angeles, Ca
    11/16/2011
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    Is Boracare compatible with linseed oil and turpentine?
    I would like to treat exterior windows and trim that have dry rot and termite damage. Can I apply Boracare to bare/stripped wood and then follow up with a linseed oil/turpentine mixture, then oil primer then aklyd paint? Will there be any compatibility issues? Can Boracare be directly mixed into the linseed/turpentine solution and applied as one solution?
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    We recommend that you contact Nisus, the manufacturer of Boracare, as they are the experts on their own product and they may have the specific information you are seeking. You can reach Nisus by calling 800-264-0870.
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