Bora-Care can be used on raw, untreated wood surfaces indoors and is safe for kids and pets once dry.
Ideally we would need to know specifically what pest you are treating for. Are you treating for powder post beetles? Or are you treating for drywood termites? In most cases if a wood destroying insect is found within the frame of a piece of furniture your options are as follows: Option 1- Strip down any stain or finish on the wood down to its raw natural state and apply a product like Boracare to the raw wood surface to treat it and then you can refinish as desired once dry; Option 2- If stripping the finish off isnt an option then you would need to drill holes in the needed places of the furniture and insert a product like Jecta which is an injectable form of Boracare. Both the Boracare and Jecta absorb into the wood so that as the insects inside it eat the treated wood they consume it and die from it. Both products also last for the life of the wood to protect it; Option 3- If neither of those are an option for you and you dont want to drill holes or remove the finish, then your only option would be to hire a company that has a heat treatment or fumigation treatment chamber to put the furniture within to kill all the insects within it without doing any damage to the couch.
Bora-Care would be the best product to use, applied twice to the three surfaces you can get to. It will penetrate up to 4 inches with 1 application, and up to 8 with 2. If you choose to drill you should drill whatever size hole you need based on what you have available to inject the Bora-care with. Typically if you have an injection piece of equipment, 1/4 inch or 1/8 inch holes are used. Please see this technical bulletin from the manufacturers of Bora-Care that explains about drilling and injecting into wood. See page 5 and it will give specifics about the drill pattern, etc.
Apply Bora-Care solutions only to bare wood, plywood, particleboard and other cellulosic materials where an intact water-repellent barrier, such as paint, stain or sealer, is not present. The glue should not pose any issues. If you can treat all sides that is always better, but one side would be suffficient if there is not access to all sides.
Bora-Care will kill all types but might not be the best choice depending on the type you have. Subterranean termites and dry wood termites are two very different insects that require two very different treatments. We recommend that you get your termite infestation identified before you select a treatment method to be sure you are choosing the proper treatment method. Here two articles that can help you learn the differences between the two types of termites: Drywood Termites or Subterranean Termites. If you are still unsure after reading the articles you can always call in a professional company. Almost all termite companies will offer a free inspection and they will tell you what type of termites you are dealing with and how they recommend treating for the. At that point you can choose to hire them or do it your self. Termidor SC is the top termite product on the market. Termidor is completely undetectable by termites and once termites touch it they contact, ingest and spread the termiticide until it eliminates the entire colony. Termidor controls all types of termites including Subterranean, Formosan, and Drywood termites though the application method will be different for each type of termite.
We would recommend contacting the manufacturer of Boracare directly to see if this application would be safe or harmful to the bees. You can reach Nisus directly at 800-264-0870.
If the dining table is raw wood with no paint or finish on it, yes Boracare can be used. You will use it at the rate of 1:1. This can either be sprayed on or painted on. You can also use Jecta in the holes where you have seen activity if the wood does have finish or paint on it. You must finish food-handling surfaces such as dining tables that have treated with Boracare.
Powderpost Beetles are a pest that can often cause residual damage long after you have treated. The Boracare application you would have completed on the wood would be correct for treating and protecting the raw wood surfaces and having it absorb into the wood. Since powder post beetles lay their eggs inside the wood and the eggs could lay dormant for up to 30 years, you may see random signs of the pest anywhere in the time frame that you have the wood. Boracare will keep any new beetles from boring into the wood and kill them through ingestion of the wood if they try, and it will kill any beetles/larvae within the wood that try to eat their way through it or out of it. Boracare works through ingestion, so wood destroying pests would have to ingest the wood to get the product in their system to die from it. This means that any signs you are seeing now are beetles that are eating their way out of the wood and ingesting the Boracare and dying from it. Since there isnt a way to know how many eggs were left in the wood there isnt a way to know how long or how often you may see these signs pop up.
We understand that the Boracare label can be tricky to follow. The text is referring to a gallon of undiluted solution, which makes 2 gallons of finished solution, while the chart is referring to diluted solution. So, one gallon of concentrate makes 2 gallons of finished solution when diluted at a 1:1 ratio, and that total amount of 2 gallons of finished solution covers 1,600 square feet (800 per gallon of dilution).
We do not recommend to fog for termites in an attic. It will not penetrate the raw wood. In this case we recommend to treat using Boracare. Boracare will penetrate up to 4 inches into the wood and will last the lifetime of the wood. You can paint it, spray it, or foam it onto the raw wood.
Bora-Care is usually the preferred choice 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. 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.