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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.