Bora-Care - Questions & Answers

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

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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?
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    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?
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    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 Vietta from Westminster, California
    04/01/2017
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    I sprayed Tim-Bor in my attic last year. Can I spray Bora-Care there now?
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    Yes, you can treat the same wood with the Bora-Care.  The previous application of Timbor will have no affect on the absorption. Both products are borate-based and become one with the wood after application.

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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 Martha from Sc
    01/30/2017
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    How can i tell if Bora-Care has been applied to my crawlspace?
    I am purchasing a house. The owners were supposed to have it treated for powder post beetles and termites. I am not sure that they have.
    A

    Unless a dye was added to the Bora-Care at the time of application, you would not be able to tell if the wood in your crawlspace has been treated or not. 

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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?
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    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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  • Asked by Jim
    08/20/2010
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    Will Bora-Care kill moss growing on a shingle roof?
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    Bora-Care is not labeled to be applied to shingles or anything other than wood. Although, it is labeled to kill wood destroying fungus, it is not labeled for moss or other building materials.  Unfortunately, we do not carry any other fungus type products. We are sure a Home Depot or other hardware store may have something.
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  • Asked by Don from Naples
    05/08/2018
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    What should I use for treatment of Powder Post termites in my couch?
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    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. 

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  • Asked by Raymond from San Francisco, Ca
    10/05/2018
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    I see exit holes 1/16" on my non lad 6x6x8 ft. beam. There is 1 painted surface. I suspect wood boring beetles. Can I use Boracare?
    I have 3 surfaces that I can treat.  Possible wood beetles?  I was thinking of drilling a series of ¼ dia c 2’ deep holes at random and filling with Bora-Care solution or a product that you can recommend and then plug holes at a later date.  Thanking you in advance.
    A

    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. 

    Bora-Care Remedial Technical Bulletin

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  • Asked by Charles from Metairie, La
    04/04/2016
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    Can BoraCare be used on spraying termites on a live oak tree and will it damage the tree?
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    No Bora-Care,  like any other borate product, cannot be used on trees or plants.  It is for cut lumber only.  Borates will kill any living plant, shrub, grass or tree.  Termites do not attack live, healthy trees.  If you have termites in a tree you would need to treat the nest directly by drilling holes into the dead parts of the tree where the colony is infested.  This can be done with something like Dominion 2L.  Most people are primarily concerned with protecting the big investment, their home, and Dominion or or Termidor would be the best product to use for that.  Termidor is the top product and can last 10 years in the soil, whereas Dominion will only last 5-7 years.  It is only labeled to be used adjacent to the structure, though.

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  • Asked by C. from Irvine, Ca
    01/06/2018
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    Do I need to clean bare wood in an attic that has a dust coating it before applying Bora-Care?
    I want to use Bora Care on bare wood in my attic in our 40 year old home which has a thin layer of fine dust everywhere. Do I need to remove the dust before spraying?
    A

    It is best to apply Bora-Care to wood that is free from dust or other debris.  

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  • Asked by Michele from New Orleans, La
    06/19/2018
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    I forgot and left the Boracare in the shed during three days of a hard freeze. Is it now inaffective?
    A

    Yes, allowing Boracare to freeze can make it ineffective.  It should be stored in a controlled temperature area out of direct sunlight and extreme temperatures. You also want to avoid applying any product in below freezing temperatures because the water part of the mixture can sparate and freeze.

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  • Asked by Jason from Portsmouth, Virginia
    10/22/2016
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    Is Bora-care flammable?
    I need to treat the ceiling in a garage with a water heater. Is there risk of combustion from the water heater pilot light?
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    Per the SDSBora-Care is not flammable. We would not recommend applying this product near open flames.

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  • Asked by Carol
    06/29/2011
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    What can I use for termite protection for exposed treated beams of my 30 yr old house?
    I live in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in a concrete house with wooden beams that run from the exterior through the house and back out. The beams were treated with diesel fuel and old motor oil for years. Is there any alternative treatment at this late date or must I continue this yucky messy treatment?
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    Bora-Care can only be used on wood that has not been painted, stained or sealed. We are unfamiliar with the diesel/motor oil treatment but we will assume that the oils have penetrated into the wood a bit and Boracare can most likely not be used on the wood. Unfortunately, Bora-Care is the only product that can penetrate into wood and provide long term protection against termites and other wood destroying pests.
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  • Asked by Matthew from Spring, Tx
    04/23/2019
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    Is bora-care safe to use on bee hives?
    I’m in the process of building bee hives and other lumber in my shop has Powderpost beetles. I’ve removed the infected lumber and I’m looking to treat the rest of the lumber in my shop before I finish building the hives. Will bora-care effect honey bees? Outside will be painted with bare wood inside.
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    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.

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