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  • Asked by Mike from Crestview Hills, Ky
    08/21/2013
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    Once Bora-Care is applied to the bare wood, will there be any problems with the wood accepting a stain again?
    We have powder post beetles throughout our hardwood floors. We are going to sand down all the floors, remove any damage boards and replace. We are then going to treat with Bora-Care and wait a few years before restaining. One bug company refused the job because they are concerned the boards will not stain properly after treating with Bora-Care. Is this true? Can I buy and apply the chemical myself with equal results to an exterminator?
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    Bora-Care is a great choice to treat powder post beetles on raw wood. The product can be purchased and applied by homeowners. The wood can be stained after the product has dried. We cannot comment on why the company refused to treat. For additional information on the product, you may contact the manufacturer at 800.264.0870.
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  • Asked by Brian from Gisborne New Zealand
    07/17/2016
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    Can I apply undiluted Boracare on to finished timber?
    The timber is kiln dried and I don't want to increase the moisture content.
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    BORACARE must be applied in a diluted fashion with water to work correctly and absorb into the wood. Boracare and the glycols it contains are designed to replace the natural moisture content of the wood so it bonds and last long term in the piece of timber you are trying to protect. Nisus, the manufacturer of Boracare, states that Boracare can be applied to kiln dried wood or prior to being placed in a kiln. 

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  • Asked by M. from Sacramento, Ca
    04/30/2013
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    Drywood termites in fence, side of house, and crawl space
    Should I spray the entire fence including drilling numerous small holes to kill the drywood termites in the fence? I think the house will have to be tented since extensive activity in walls and crawlspace. I don't want re-infestiation from the fence.
    A
    Here is a link to treating drywood termites.  Using Boracare it is not required to drill holes into the wood. The Boracare will penetrate 4in into the wood and last for the life time of the wood if applied to raw unpainted wood.
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  • Asked by Beth from Walnut Cove,nc
    04/13/2014
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    Does Boracare work on carpender bees?
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    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.  Cyonara is also found in one of Carpenter Bee Kits here.
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  • Asked by Lisa from Loysville, Pa 17047
    08/07/2013
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    Can powderpost beetles only infest one area of a finished basement with wood paneling?
    Only one of the four walls with wood paneling and trim in the finished basement shows evidence of the powderpost beetle. Is this possible? Should the paneling be taken down to treat with Bora-Care. Does over the counter Spectracide work?
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    Only having one wall infested is possible. The wood is usually infested before it is installed and it can take many years to see activity. Boracare is one of the only known products that will penetrate into the interior of the wood. We are unaware of any over the counter products that work in such a manner. Boracare can only be applied to bare wood so any paint, stain or other finish will need to be removed prior to application. It is best to apply the Boracare to all sides of the wood whenever possible.
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  • Asked by Omar from Moreno Valley California
    07/24/2013
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    Drywood termites over a concrete slab,patio
    How do i treat drywood termites when the affected area is in the patio area and there is concrete floor,i saw the how to video on subterranean termite where you dig a trench on dirt could you please let me know what is the best way to treat it on concrete thank you.
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    Drywood termites are usually very localized and can be treated by removing the infested wood and replacing it. If you choose to keep the wood you will need to treat it with a product such as Boracare. The wood must be unpainted, unstained or untreated. If the wood has been painted, stained or treated in any way you will need to sand it down to apply a product such as Boracare. Boracare will penetrate into the wood to kill existing termites. After 72 hours the wood should be sealed to sela in the boaracare. Boracare will then last the life of the wood.
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  • Asked by Sandra from Wolverine, Mi
    08/21/2013
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    We are having rotted wood repaired on a log home. When the rotted wood is dug out should the area be sprayed.
    The rot will be replaced with cement and lathe. Would it be wise to spray the inside of the log that has been taken out with bora-care ot timbor? I have seen carpenter ants in the area but so far not in the rot being removed.
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    Yes, Bora-Care would be the best product to use. 

    Bora-Care is the preferred choice to treat wood for any insect issues if most of the wood is exposed and it is raw wood you are treating, meaning it is not painted, stained, or sealed, it is just normal wood.  If your wood is stained, then you would either have to sand off the finish to use Bora-Care, and then you can re-stain it after 24 hours of applying Bora-Care, or your other option is to drill holes every 6 inches apart into the center of the wood and inject Bora-Care to get it past the outside stain.  Bora-Care is made only for wood, and you do not have to know exactly where the termites are for it to work which is a plus.  Bora-Care is sprayed evenly over all exposed surfaces of the wood and actually penetrates through the entire piece of wood.  When the termites in the wood try to consume the wood after it has been treated, they ingest the Bora-Care with the wood and die.  No matter where they are in the wood the Bora-Care will find them as long as you treated the exposed wood that you can see.  The other main benefit is that Bora-Care stays in the wood forever, so you will not have to worry about termites or beetles infesting the wood that you treated ever again. Also, Bora-Care dries clear so you can paint the wood, stain it, or leave it looking natural. 

    Bora-Care:  http://www.domyownpestcontrol.com/boracare-p-100.html

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  • Asked by Bob from Huntington Beach, Ca
    10/10/2011
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    I live in Southern California near the ocean. I have termites in my wood fence.
    How long will BoraCare last when exposed to the elements of Southern California coastal area? If the rain washes away the treatment, can it be reapplied during our dry season?
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    Bora-Care is great for the termite issue in your fence, but when applied outside it is very important to seal the treatment by using a sealant material, like a Thompsons water seal.  Bora-Care can only be applied to raw wood and after it is applied to wood outdoors it must be sealed.  However, you could apply it each year if you wanted to, but it is not necessary if you seal it.
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  • Asked by Tom from Royal Oak, Mi
    02/12/2018
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    How should I apply Boracare to a very small area of finished hardwood floor?
    I have a small area less than 6" wide and 4" long in a single board of hardwood floor that has frass appearing. Can I inject it into tiny holes I drill and then use wood filler to cover those holes or must i strip the surface of the floor area and refinish?
    A

    Rather than using Boracare, we would recommend using the ready-to-use formulation of Boracare called Jecta if you are spot treating in finished wood. Jecta does not need to be mixed and could be injected into the specific infested areas.

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  • Asked by Monte from Savannah, Tn
    10/30/2017
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    Do I need to let logs dry out after a rain if I want to treat them with Bora-Care?
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    Yes, the logs should be dry before applying Bora-Care.

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  • Asked by Jason from Hawaii
    05/24/2018
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    How can I use Boracare to treat plywood cabinets covered with plastic laminate?
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    Bora-Care is labeled to be used on wood in it’s natural, raw state.  The product will not penetrate the plastic laminate.  The wood would need to be stripped down to it’s natural, raw state to be treated with Bora Care.

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  • Asked by Mario from Bellflower, Ca
    02/26/2016
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    Can I use Boracare on my bed from underneath?
    It is stained on the front surface? Is this safe for kids? I want to use it for my baby bed, inside is not stain only the outside.
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    Boracare could be used on the underside of the bed where it is not stained.  It is safe when used as directed on the product label.  Since you are treating a baby bed we would recommend not using the bed until the product has completely dried, about 48 hours.  After that time it will be safe to use the bed again.  Bora-Care is a very safe product once dry and it is considered a green product as well.

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  • Asked by Tim from Palm Harbor Fl
    12/07/2018
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    How long does Bora Care take to prevent termites on new stud walls?
    I'm removing termite invested walls and installing new walls that I'm treating with Bora Care. I just had entire house treated with in ground treatment as well.... Will the Bora Care start working right away to prevent new wood from getting eaten?
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    Bora-Care starts working as soon as it has soaked into the wood.  When wood boring insects such as termites consume the wood treated with Bora Care, they will ingest a lethal dose which will kill them.  Bora Care will also remain active in the wood for the lifetime of the wood, so it will continue to protect the wood for it’s lifetime.

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  • Asked by David from Madison, Va
    05/03/2012
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    How much Bora Care with Mold Care would I need to purchase to cover 1,600 sq. ft. of crawl?
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    One gallon of Bora-Care with Mold--Care should be mixed with 5 gallons of water which will treat (ballpark) about 1200 square feet of surface wood. So you will probably need 2 gallons of the concentrate.
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  • Asked by Gregory from Port-au-prince, Haiti
    03/31/2014
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    Is Bora-Care your best recommendation to treat roof of plywood infested by powderpost beetles?
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    Bora-Care should be used to treat powderpost beetles on raw wood. It should be mixed at a 1:1 ratio and can be applied by spraying or painting the wood. Please refer to the product label for full mixing and application instructions.
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  • Asked by Steve from Aberdeen, Md
    08/24/2017
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    Can insulation be placed against fresh sprayed Bora-care?
    I will be pulling back the insulation and spraying bora care in my crawl space against the rim joist and floor joists and plywood floor. I will do this 2 feet in from the outside wall of the house. Can I put the insulation back in between the floor joists immediately after spraying Bora-Care?
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    The insulation should be removed so that the Bora-Care can be applied directly to the wood. It is safe to place back once surfaces treated are completely dry. You can foam Bora-Care into the wall voids. The insulation may soak up a bit of the applications but here is how the pros handle it: You will need to use a stud finder to locate each stud. You should then drill a hole at the top of the wall on either side of each stud and you should drill a second set of holes at the bottom of the wall on either side of each stud. You will apply the foam using the top holes and you will know the foam has successfully coated the wood when it comes out of the bottom holes on either side of the studs.

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  • Asked by Linda from Fairfax, Va
    09/24/2016
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    Do I need a foaming agent to shoot Bora Care into drilled holes?
    We believe we need to drill holes along a window sill frame to get Bora Care inside those walls, where we see drywood termites around the window frame. Do we need a foaming agent or can we use a regular garden sprayer or ? We have already treated a new exterior wall completely around where we see dry-wood termites, before staining it.
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    When using Boracare as a foam it will penetrate into the wood, as long as there is not insulation to block the product from getting onto the wood. When foaming for termites, don't be concerned about foaming an entire wall void. You should only be concerned about getting the foam near the wood and studs. Drill holes at the top of the ceiling on either side of the studs and foam down the stud from the ceiling. This way you have gravity working in your favor and you are getting the foam against the wood which is all that matters.

    You can turn BoraCare into a foam by mixing a foaming agent with it: Pro Foam. The amount you mix with it will determine if it will be a high or low expansion foam. You would need a foamer applicator to apply this product - Chapin Poly Foamer.

    Using Termidor Foam is also an effective way to treat active termite colonies inside wall voids. This works different thatn Boracare as it will only sit on the wood and not absorb into the wood.

     

     

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  • Asked by Susan from Richmond, Bc Canada
    02/26/2018
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    What sizes does the Bora-Care come in?
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    Bora-Care is only available in the gallon size.  Unfortunatly it does not come in any smaller quatities.  

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  • Asked by Don from Pittsburgh, Pa
    04/16/2017
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    Can Bora-care be used in a bath type application?
    Replacing T & G Douglas fir exterior porch floor which is under roof. Would like to submerge each board 1 week prior to install. Is this the best way to treat all surfaces?
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    Boracare is a very viscous liquid that needs to be thoroughly mixed with warm -hot water and thinned out before application. The label states that it can be applied by sprayer or by painting or rolling the product on but we are not sure that submerging the wood in the solution will be a proper application as it should only be applied until wet and not to the point of run off or oversaturation. 

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  • Asked by Kathy from Llano, Tx
    04/16/2017
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    How long will it take for BoraCare applied at 1:1 ratio to kill beetles?
    Have powderpost beetles in a small piece of furniture - wood less than 1" thick. Could I put the piece in a tightly closed plastic bag to help speed the result?
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    Powderpost beetles can lay dormant for years in the wood and Boracare will not kill them until they are actively feeding.  Even after applying a product like Boracare to all sides of the infested raw wood (ideal situation) you can often still see signs of activity of the powder post beetles for a few years after treatment. This is because the product works through ingestion so as the larvae emerge from the wood (which is whenever they are good and ready) they eat the wood on their way out and ingest it and die. No new adults will be able to leave them in any holes in the wood as again, once they ingest it they will die.

    Placing treated wood in a sealed bag will not increase the speed at which this happens.  If it is just one piece of furniture that is infested and you want a quicker kill, you can also contact local furniture finishers or pest control operators who may offer a heat chamber. Heating the furniture up to over 140 degrees for several hours will any pest that is inside where dormant or not.

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