Bora-Care - Questions & Answers

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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!
    A

    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.
    A

    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 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 Steve from Tappahannock, Va
    10/31/2019
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    Will Bora Care or Tim-Bor prevent fungus growth around nail heads in painted pine siding where water can enter?
    Nails loosen. Water can seep into the painted yellow line siding allowing fungal rot around the nail heads and also at end cuts.
    A

    Bora-Care and Tim-Bor should only be used on raw, unfinished wood.  It should not be used on wood that has been painted, sealed or stained.  If applications of either product are needed, the wood would need to be stripped down to it’s natural state before application. 

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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 Steve from Tappahannock Va
    10/31/2019
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    Will Bora Care or Tim-Bor decrease the excellent paint adhesion of clear yellow line siding?
    What type of paint primer would you recommend over Boracare or Timbor?
    A

    Once Bora-Care has dried completely on the raw, unfinished wood, you can seal, stain or paint with whatever product you would like.  There are no restrictions on what you can use once the product is dry.  

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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?
    A

    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?
    A
    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 Ron from Fort Mill, Sc
    02/16/2020
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    How long do I have to wait to restack wood treated with Boracare?
    How much boracare do I need and how long after spraying do I have to wait before I restack.
    A

    One gallon of Bora-Care will treat approximately 100 lineal feet of 2 x 4 stud wall. You would want to make sure the product has completety dried before restacking. This can typically take up to 48 hours 

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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.
    A

    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.
    A

    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?
    A
    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 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?
    A
    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 Mary from Wapwallopen, Pa
    04/14/2017
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    Would you recommend using Bora-Care on a log cabin or will it hurt the finish?
    A

    Bora-Care can be applied to log cabins or other wood surfaces that are in its natural form without a finish, varnish, sealant, paint or stain. Otherwise the solution will not penetrate into the wood to target the listed pests.

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  • Asked by Anonymous
    06/23/2012
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    Do you have to get every single centimeter without missing, when applying BORACARE?
    Lets say you are spraying a wood board with Boracare...do you have to make sure you get every inch of that board covered or is it okay if you can spray the whole board evenly but there are very small dots that the mist did not get? Termites would not be able to live in the board if there is SOME Boracare right?
    A
    A few small areas is not a big deal because of how Bora-Care moves through the wood.  However, for best results you should try your best to treat all exposed sides of the wood evenly and thoroughly.
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  • Asked by Ryan from Salt Lake City, Utah
    02/08/2014
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    If I have previously treated wood with TimBor can I subsequently treat with BoraCare?
    I am just wondering if the absorption of the BoraCare will be negatively affected by the previously applied TimBor???
    A
    Yes, you can treat the same wood with the Boracare and the previous treatment with the Timbor will have no effect on the absorption. Both products are borate based and become one with the wood after applied. 
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  • Asked by Kevin from Avondale Az
    04/04/2012
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    Can termites travel over the boracare that has been sprayed on the wood to untreated wood?
    to access or get too the wood that has not been sprayed?
    A
    Technically speaking, yes, the termites could travel over treated wood to access untreated wood. In most cases though the termites will start trying to infest the wood that is closest to the ground and wood that is very moist whether or not it has been treated with Boracare.
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  • Asked by Emmanuel from Wa
    07/24/2013
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    Can I use Bora-Care on firewood?
    I have a big stack of firewood and I want to prevent those to jump to the near trees. Will the firewood be safe to burn it on the fireplace or wood stove?
    A
    We do not recommend applying Boracare to firewood. Burning any type of insecticide would release the active ingredients into the air. Depending on what you are treating for you could use a granular insecticide like Talstar XTRA up to and around the pile of wood. Please let us know if you have nay further questions.
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  • Asked by Rich from West Linn, Or
    03/31/2016
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    We have a new Madrone wood butcher block countertop in our kitchen that was OK for two years,
    Then some holes appeared. Now there's a third hole. We did kill one... maybe a false powderpost beetle? Can we take this butcher block top off and treat the unfinished bottom (top has had Linseed oil finish)? Is Boracare toxic enough that we could not use this butcher block top for food preparation after applying the Boracare to the bottom (about 1.5" thick)?
    A

    As long as the top is sealed then you can safely apply Boracare to the underside if unsealed and it will penetrate through the wood.  It would be recommended to allow the butcher block to dry for 24-48 hours before using again. Any food contact surfaces treated with Boracare must have a sealant applied after the Boracare has dried.

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  • Asked by Janet from North Miami Beach, Fl
    06/05/2016
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    How do we get rid of termites in a termite infested couch?
    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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