Bora-Care - Questions & Answers

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  • Asked by Rj from Tampa Florida
    06/07/2021
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    If I use only 1 gallon of water how much Bora-Care do I use?
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    If you are treating for an active infestation, you will use 1 gallon of Bora-Care to 1 gallon of water. For prevention, 1 gallon of Bora-Care to 5 gallons of water. 

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  • Asked by Robert
    06/11/2010
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    Can I use Boracare on logs that have already been stained?
    I have a 9 year old Douglas Fir log home near Albany, NY and started noticing small flying insects boring many small round holes on all sides of the house. The logs have only been stained and not UV or water repellent treated yet so I'm hoping Boracare can be spayed now to soak in past the stain and then once dried I'll apply a special log wood sealant...
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    Unfortunately BoraCare will not penetrate through stain either.  You would have to sand the surface stain off of the wood, pressure wash it off, or drill holes into the infested area and inject Bora-Care into the center of the wood.  Those would be the only options. 
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  • Asked by Murdock
    10/08/2010
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    Does Bora-Care have any effect on 3m 5200 caulk's holding power?
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    Bora-Care should have no effects on caulking as long as you allow plenty of time for the Bora-Care to dry thoroughly before applying the caulk which is usually 24 hours.
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  • Asked by Susan
    03/19/2011
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    Can Bora-Care be used on painted furniture?
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    No. Bora-Care can only be used on unfinished or stripped furniture.
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  • Asked by Ralph
    06/25/2011
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    I have a tree house with an old dead log as its base. Can I use Bora-Care to treat this log?
    Also, it has been stained, but I believe that the log will still absorb the Bora-Care, as it has a lot of cracks in the log. Do you think Bora-Care will provide any protection for this type of application? The log is 4 feet deep by 8 feet wide by 7 feet tall. It sits on a raised concrete slab. Also, this is a structure for children. Do you think is is safe to use it on the tree. Also, it is outside and will be exposed to the weather, but does sit under the tree house.
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    You can use Bora-Care for this application and it will protect this log against any future damage.  However, it is meant only for raw wood, and although there are cracks in the log if you sanded off the stain somehow you would get much better coverage and therefore better protection.  Since it is outside, you should seal the log after applying Bora-Care.  This will allow the product to last longer outside.  If an exterior piece of wood is exposed to weather over the years, water can force the Bora-Care out if it is not properly sealed.
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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 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.
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    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 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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  • Asked by Gerald from Dayton, Va
    08/23/2012
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    What should I use to treat for powder post beetles on a lumber stack?
    I have several thousand board feet of hardwood (Oak, Hickory and Maple) on lumber stacks that have post powder beetles in them. This lumber has been air drying on strips for over two years at this point. I would like to treat with Boracare and restack not using the strips if possible. What are my best options for getting rid of the beetles and protecting the lumber at the same time? Can I simply lay out a layer of lumber and spray it a Boracare solution and immediately stack on the next layer and spray as I transfer from the strips to a dead stack? Also how much Boracare should I order per 1000 board feet? Thanks for your help.
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    Bora-Care would definitely be what you want to use.  You can lay the boards out, spray or paint on the Bora-Care solution, flip the board and treat the other side, and then stack it.  Should not be an issue.  How for the bora-care goes depends on the thickness of the wood.  Please see page 10 of the bora-care label.  Table A on page 10 will tell you how many lineal feet of board the bora-care will treat based on thickness. The table tells you how many lineal feet a DILUTED gallon will treat.  Since you mix Bora-Care 1 gallon to 1 gallon of water which makes 2 gallons of diluted solution, you will double the figure shown.  For instance, it says if you have 2 x 4 wood it will treat 600 lineal feet.  You will double this amount so you will be able to treat 1200 lineal feet of 2 x 4.
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  • Asked by Vanessa from Brunswick Georgia
    04/29/2013
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    What is the best termiticide to treat termites in the studs of the house?
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    First identify them as either Subterranean or drywood termites. If drywood termites Boracare is usually chosen if you need to protect the wood for long term control of wood infesting pests. Boracare penetrates into untreated wood and will eliminate current infestations of termites and it will prevent infestations of termites, carpenter ants, powderpost beetles and wood destroying fungus when used as directed on the Product Label. If Sub-termites you may want to use a termite foam such as Termidor Foam.
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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 William from Florida
    06/18/2013
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    Can I apply boracare with an airless sprayer at 1:1 mix?
    I need to treat the beams underneath my old, wood home and want to do it as easily and quickly as possible.
    A
    Boracare is a viscus solution so it could have the potential to clog your sprayer. Please contact the manufacturer Nisus at 800-264-0870 to verify Boracare will not clog your specific sprayer.
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  • Asked by Barb from East Tawas, Mi
    07/06/2013
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    Is Boracare safe to use in a horse barn?
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    Yes, Boracare can safely be applied to a horse barn. Please make sure to keep the livestock out of the treated area, until it has dried. Also, be sure to follow the product label.
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  • Asked by Robert from Huntington,tx
    07/16/2013
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    Can i use of Boracare on the underside of portable building?
    I noticed that my portable building has termite damage, and the termites have built their mud tunnels onto and past the treated wood skids that the building is built on. The building has settled, and the treated skids are sitting on the ground. I guess raising it higher than ground level should be the 1st step, but is boracare the best product to use on the underside of the building? Floor joists,etc? Exposed to the weather, but not direct rain? I guess it should be sprayed on?
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    Boracare would be a great option for any exposed raw wood surfaces as it will last for the life of the wood and is not in direct shot of rain. However, if you are dealing with subterranean termites, which it sounds like by your reference to mud tunnels, you would need to treat the soil around the base of the structure to eliminate the colony as the Boracare will not get rid of the ones in the ground. Termidor is the number one product on the market for termite control and will eliminate both the termites currently in the soil around the structure and inside the structure, but will also protect it from any future infestations for at least the next 10 years. You can see our article on How To Do A Termite Treatment for the steps you would take to eradicate the colony and protect your structure without having to lift it higher from the ground. Please let us know if you have any other questions.
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  • Asked by Clark from Reynolds Georgia
    07/23/2013
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    When do you treat rough cut lumber with boracare? Imediately after logs are sawed, or after the drying stage?
    I am building a barn, and I am having the wood cut from trees off of my property. The wood will be cut in the upcoming weeks, then stacked under the lean-to section of the barn to dry. Do I need to spray boracare on the wood as it is stacked? Wait until it dries out then spray? or wait until I put it on the side of the barn then apply boracare. Any help is greatly appreciated.
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    You can apply Boracare to the wood at any of the stages described. You can paint it, spray it, or foam it on the raw dead wood.
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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.
    A
    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 Kelly from Singapore
    07/25/2013
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    How do you use Bora Care to treat kitchen cabinet infested by carpenter ants?Can I get Bora Care in Singapore?
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    Boracare should only be used to prevent carpenter ants. We do not recommend using it to treat a current infestation. Once the ant gallery has already been establsihed Boracare will not be very effective.  You can treat the current infestation by using carpenter ant bait or by direct treating with aproduct like Phanotm  Aerosol or Termidor Foam.
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  • Asked by Martha from Shelby, Nc 28150
    08/19/2013
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    What wormlike insect is making holes in my sheetrock?
    Hi, Beside a window in a bedroom in my house twice I have seen something coming out of a small hole in my wall that looked almost like a small fuzzy worm. But looking more closely it was something with sawdust on it and it stuck straight out from the very small hole in the wall. What do you think it is. I am also noticing tiny pencil lead size holes in my finished hardwood floors. I am really concerned. Please help me know what to do.
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    We really cannot guess what the insect may be. We recommend either trying to gather a sample of the pest for a pest ID or calling a pest control operator in to give a free or low cost inspection to help you make the pest ID. Once you know for sure what pest you have, you can choose the correct treatment method.

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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?
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    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 Ian from Londonderry, Vermont
    10/01/2013
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    I am looking to treat 150 year old hand hewn beams out of an antique barn and want to know if Boracare will
    turn the wood darker.
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    Bora-Care dries on clear and is made that way so you can stain, paint, or seal any piece of wood after using it and will not make the wood darker after application.
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