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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.
    A

    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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  • Asked by Denise from Henrico
    09/07/2019
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    My new installation stained oak floor is showing signs of wood boring beetles. Will Bora Care work?
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    You cannot apply Boracare to wood floors that are stained, sealed, or painted. The floor would have to be raw wood for you to apply Boracare. You can carefully spot treat existing holes using Jecta, which is a ready-to-use version of Boracare.

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  • Asked by Per from Nj
    10/25/2013
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    Subterranean Termite Infestation - Boracare and Outside Perimeter Treatment
    I have a Subterranean Termite Infestation. They are located in two areas along the sill plate and joists and also an earth filled stoop, sill and joists. I would like to apply Boracare as an immediate treatment (knockdown) and then do the perimeter treatment with Fipronil or Altriset based chemical. Electrical wires are stapled along some areas of the sill. Should the staples be removed to allow better exposed surface area of the wood or can they be left in place? Should a triple carrying beam (or any multi-layered) in the house be drilled on either side to apply the Bora-Care to the center beam?
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    We recommend doing the treatment with the Fipronil or Altriset first, waiting 90 days and then following up with the Boracare. This will allow the termites to go back to the colony with the active ingredient on their body and pass it around the colony causing the entire colony to collapse. If you treat with Boracare first, you risk only killing the termites present and not getting rid of the entire colony.

    Since all surfaces of the wood need to be treated, we would recommend you remove any item that is blocking the application from reaching the wood. You should drill through any layered beam to get the solution all the way to the next beam when necessary.

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  • Asked by Robert from Taneytown
    10/27/2018
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    After soaking barn beams with Bora-Care and allowed to dry, do you rinse off the wood prior to applying sealant?
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    Typically Boracare dries in 24-48 hours and does not need to be rinsed before sealing. If there is any white residue left, you can remove excess Boracare using soap and water, but we would try to avoid doing this unless there is clearly too much product applied.  You only need to apply to wood until wet, but not dripping.

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  • Asked by Corey from Pierson, Mi
    08/01/2018
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    Would Bora-Care work on a log that will remain outside in the weather?
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    Yes! You can use Bora-Care for application on a log and it will protect this log against any future damage. We advise that 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 Renee from Houston, Tx
    09/28/2017
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    What type of drill bit mixer should be used to mix Bora-Care in the plastic 5 gallon bucket?
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    Bora-Care can be mixed with an impeller-type mixer that would be used with an electric drill.

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  • Asked by Adam from Orange, Tx
    03/13/2014
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    Is Bora-Care termite treatment safe to spray on pex water piping?
    A
    Bora-Care should be applied to natural wood for termite treatment. It does state on the product label that it can be used on PVC plumbing pipes. For additional information not listed on the label, please contact Nisus at 800.264.0870.
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  • Asked by Pat from San Francisco, Ca
    03/22/2016
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    How do I apply Boracare between plywood shear walls?
    Interior plywood is attached to studs, 3 inch diameter holes top and bottom currently exist for access. 35 years old. How to protect mud sill, non-PT studs and plywood? Blind spraying?
    A

    The only way to get Boracare into a wall void would be to use it as a foam. You will need to use a foaming agent and a poly foamer. The mixing ratio is 2:1, meaning 2 parts water to 1 part Boracare. We would recommend using the high expansion formula so there is less moisture. Keep in mind Boracare can only be applied to raw wood.
     

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  • Asked by Randy from Springfield, Wv
    08/13/2015
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    Can Boracare be added to stain?
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    No, Boracare cannot be mixed with stain, but you can apply stain after applying Boracare

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  • Asked by Audey from Grand Canyon, Az
    05/23/2019
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    Can you mix Bora Care with Linseed Oil to use as a base coat?
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    Boracare can only be mixed with water.  It would be recommended to apply Boracare first and then apply the linseed oil once the Boracare is dry.  

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  • Asked by Ian from Bermuda
    12/12/2018
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    Can you burn firewood that has been treated with Bora-care?
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    We do not recommend applying Bora-Care to firewood. Burning wood treated with any insecticide would release the active ingredients into the air. Burning the wood without treating with any chemical will kill anything in it.

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  • Asked by Jesse from Raleigh, Nc
    07/26/2013
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    Will Boracare work on the underside of my deck?
    The top of the floor has been oiled. The deck is 8 feet high. Will spraying the underside of the floor with Timbor or Boracare kill the beetles?
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    Yes, Boracare will penetrate up to 4 inches in the wood. You can foam, spray, or paint the diluted solution.
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