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  • Asked by Carol from Aiea, Hawaii
    05/29/2018
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    My furniture is wood with a veneer over it. Will Boracare soak through the veneer?
    A

    No, Boracare will only be absorbed into raw wood with no stain, veneer, or paint. 

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  • Asked by Dan from Slanesville, Wv
    06/14/2016
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    Would Boracare treat small wood boring insects in the rafters of my building that are leaving a very fine residue of wood dust?
    A

    Yes, Boracare will treat for boring insects in the rafters of that building as long as the woold is still in a raw state. 

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  • Asked by John from Trinidad, Ca
    07/02/2016
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    Can I apply ruberized flashing after apply Boarcare instead of a stain or sealer?
    I need to attach an existing dry rot problem on an upper deck. It is redwood, but near the Pacific Ocean. I'd like to apply the Bora-care in a 1-to-1 solution, then apply the ruberized flashing (i.e. "Deck Flash") to the joists and wherever else I can apply it. Can I apply the flashing instead of a stain? How long after applying the bora-care should I wait before applying the flashing. It is sticky-back, line an adhesive tape. Thanks in advance
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    Yes, you can apply the rubberized flashing after application of BORACARE. Be sure to wait 72 hours to make the application. This will give Boracare enough time to penetrate into the wood and dry. 

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  • Asked by Todd from Atlanta, Ga
    05/12/2017
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    Can I store Boracare for later use after it has been mixed?
    Treatment with Bora-Care is planned, but in sistering joists that have had powderpost beetle damage in the past, I'm looking for a paintable treatment that doesn't need to be used up before it is unmixable. Bora-care recommends using all that is mixed, so I'm looking for an application that can be painted on, then sealed up for use as needed. Also, visited your site in Norcross and found the service nice, and very helpful. I'll definitely be a return customer. Thanks for your help.
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    Thank you for your feedback.  We appreciate your business!  You may still be able to use Boracare as you have described, depending on the rate at which you mix it.  1:1, 1:2, 1:3 and 1:4 mixture ratios must be used within 24 hours to prevent the product from degrading. A 1:5 mixture ratio can remain stable for up to 30 days. You should do your best to only mix enough solution for the job you are doing that day to prevent having to discard any solution.  We are not aware of another product that can be saved for later use once it has been mixed into solution.  After that point most products will start to not only break down and be less effective. 

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  • Asked by Tim from Richfield
    10/07/2016
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    What is the coverage when treating 8x8 timbers with Boracare?
    Have a barn and some timbers have an existing PP infestation and I wish to treat the remaining timbers as a preventative measure. In total, there is 1,330' of 8x8 timbers, of which 25% are infested. Due to cost, I'll treat the infested timbers at a 2:1 ratio and then go back and spray the entire structure, including the previously treated parts with a 5:1 ratio. I previously sprayed the upper structure using this method and have seen a kill, but it took 2 years for the frass to stop. I did spray the structure to the point where the product would start dripping off the beam.
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    When using Boracare for an exisiting infestion you woud want to use it at a 1:1 mixing ratio.According to the Log Home and Dimensional Lumber tech Bulletin on this product you would get 75 linear foot of coverage per gallon once it is diluted. 

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  • Asked by Mark from San Diego Ca.
    07/15/2013
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    Is it good to mix Bifen I/T with Boracare?
    Using for termites, dry-wood & subterranean.
    A
    You can not mix Bifen I/T with Boracare and there would be no reason to with the areas you are treating. Mixing the two products together can reduce the effectiveness of the ingredients and Bifen could hinder the penetration of the wood of the Boracare. If you are treating for Drywood Termites you would treat the raw wood directly with Boracare at either a 1:1 ratio for active infestation or 5:1 for preventative and allow the wood to dry. The Boracare will last for the life of the wood to protect it from future infestations of wood destroying insects and wood destroying fungus. If you are treating for subterranean termites, you could use Bifen I/T for a treatment around the foundation but a better product would be a non-repellant termiticide like Termidor which would last twice as long in the soil and has a transfer effect to spread to the entire colony. If you already have Bifen you could use it to do a direct spot treatment on a colony in a wall void but for the soil treatments Termidor would be a better solution. Please let us know if you have any other questions.
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  • Asked by Gina from So. Lancaster, Massachusetts
    08/18/2016
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    Is there any chance of the Lumber (Walnut and Cherry) being damaged or stained with Boracare?
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    No, Boracare soaks into the wood itself, and would be a clear product so there would be no staining involved. This product is designed to be used on all types of wood as well so it would not damage the wood as long at it was applied when the wood was in the raw state with no stains, paints, or finishes. 

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  • Asked by Jim from Athens, Al
    04/04/2019
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    Will Boracare work for carpenter bees?
    A

    No, Boracare is not labeled for carpenter bees. For carpenter bees, we would recommend using our Carpenter Bee Kit.  Please also check out our Carpenter Bee Guide for more tips on how to treat and prevent them in the future.

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  • Asked by Clay from Seattle, Wa
    07/21/2015
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    Does BoraCare overspill stay sticky on plastic floor tarps?
    I'm going to paint/spray on a wood ceiling. Is the overspray/drippage onto my plastic floor tarps going to dry completely so it's not a problem walking on them and I can use the tarps again? Or is the overspray/drippage always going to be sticky since it's going to be sitting on the surface of the plastic instead of soaking into bare wood?
    A

    The water that Boracare is mixed with will eventually evaporate, and it will dry. You could also wash the product off the tarp and reuse it.
     

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  • Asked by Pamela
    08/18/2010
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    I have a log home that needs to be treated. How do I know how much Bora-Care to use?
    A
    To find out how much Bora-Care it takes to treat round logs, see page 7 of the product label and look at Table C for round logs and log cabins. Find the size of log you have and the chart will tell you how much BoraCare is needed. You are welcome to call us with any questions at 866-581-7378. 
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  • Asked by David from Franklinville, Nc
    05/13/2019
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    Can I use Bora-Care to treat 6x6 pine timbers?
    I have several 6x6 pine untreated. I would like to use as landscape timbers so they will contact ground. Will this product work for this application ?
    A

    You can use Bora-Care but would need to seal the wood before putting it on the ground.

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  • Asked by Mark from Portland, Oregon
    02/11/2019
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    What volume of Bora-Care is recommended to inject into rotten wood?
    I will be injecting Bora-Care into rotten wood using 1/4in diameter x 5in deep holes. How much Bora-Care should I add in each hole? The rotten wood is the floor joists in a cabin in a wet forest. I cannot see the wood I am injecting into.
    A

    If you are needing to spot treat wood with a borate product, then it would be better to use the ready-to-use formulation of Boracare called Jecta. Jecta is a gel-like product in a tube that does not require mixing. Keep in mind that if the integrity of the wood you are treating is already compromised, then a borate product will not recover the wood or make up for lost integrity of the wood. If you have wood that is compromised, then it is best to replace the wood after correcting the moisture issue.

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  • Asked by Larry from Hilton Head Island, Sc
    06/02/2014
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    We have swarming termites the last week and now I find them in the attic area and in the house.
    What is the best way to treat the termites in the attic area before they form a colony?
    A
    If you are dealing with drywood termite the best product for treatment in an attic whether for eliminating a current colony or just as prevention, would be the Boracare. Boracare can be applied with a paint brush or sprayer directly to any raw natural wood surface to protect the surface for the life of the wood. The Boracare will soak in and penetrate the wood to treat it as a whole and will not be removed unless consumed by an insect or the wood itself is removed from the home.
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  • Asked by Orlando from Fort Lauderdale, Fl
    05/08/2019
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    Can I use Bora-Care in conjunction with a tent fumigation?
    I have an active drywood termite infestation. I'm planning a tent fumigation to achieve a fast kill. I also want to use this product for its residual protection. Do I need to wait until after the tent fumigation to use this product?
    A

    Per the manufacturer, Bora-Care can be used in conjunction with a tent treatment but it’s recommended to be applied afterwards. How long after the tent treatment, depends on the chemical the professional company uses, they should be able to tell you how long you have to wait.

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  • Asked by Lynn from Lowndesboro, Alabama
    01/19/2020
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    Does Bora-Care work on carpenter bees?
    A

    Bora-Care will not work for carpenter bees. For carpenter bee control, we recommend our Carpenter Bee Control Kit

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  • Asked by J from Kaneohe, Hi
    01/15/2014
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    I've got small piles of dust in the corners of my cabinets.
    Termite guy came by and said it wasn't termites. There doesn't seem to be any droppings, only fine powdered wood in the corners, near hinges
    A
    It sounds like you could be dealing with Powderpost Beetles.   You should use a wood treatment product to treat powder post beetles.  Bora-Care is the best wood treatment product available.  Bora-Care will penetrate through the wood and kill the larvae eating the wood no matter where they are in the wood.  However, it can only be applied to raw wood.  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. Dominion is not a wood treatment product and will not move through the wood.  You should use a wood treatment product like Bora-Care.  Please take a moment to read over our article on How to Get Rid of Powderpost Beetles.
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  • Asked by Harry from Nj
    07/07/2017
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    Can I apply Bora-Care on hardwood floors indoors? Is this product safe for indoor use around kids?
    A

    Bora-Care can be used on raw, untreated wood surfaces indoors and is safe for kids and pets once dry.

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  • Asked by Dale from Aiken,sc
    05/14/2015
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    Can I apply Bora-Care to osb?
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    Yes, Bora-Care can be applied to OSB. Please refer to the product label for complete application instructions.
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  • Asked by Terry from Michigan
    03/28/2019
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    Can I apply Bora-Care with Mold Care over an application of regular Bora-Care?
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    Yes, you can apply Bora-Care with Mold-Care over an application of Bora-Care

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  • Asked by Sarah
    12/28/2010
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    What can I do about applying Bora-Care on wood floors that have a stain and old finish on them?
    I noticed in my dining room, I seem to have some type of little bug holes and lines in the wood. I sanded this floor, and I have not put any stain or finish on it. Will these bugs get into other places, and what if the other floors are stained?
    A
    Bora-Care is the preferred choice for old house borers and powder post beetles which is probably what you have.  Bora-Care can only be used on raw, untreated, unsealed wood. If you are trying to treat wood that is already stained or sealed, you either have to sand the finish off completely like you have done on some of the other wood, or your only other option is to drill holes in the areas that you see damaged and inject the Bora-Care directly into the wood; bypassing the stained layer.
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