Bora-Care - Questions & Answers

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  • Asked by Kevin from Inglewood, Ca
    10/19/2017
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    What effect will 1:5 dilution of Bora-Care do for an active drywood termite infestation?
    A

    Bora-Care mixed at 1:5 ratio would not be strong enough to eliminate an active termite infestation.  This requires a 1:1 ratio.  

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  • Asked by Louis from Cleveland Texas
    11/13/2015
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    Does Boracare control carpenter bees?
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    No, Boracare is not labeled for carpenter bees.

    For carpenter bees, we would recommend using our Carpenter Bee Kit. It has everything inside of it to do a complete treatment for bees.

    Please also check out our Carpenter Bee Guide for wonderful tips on how to treat and prevent them in the future.

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  • Asked by Mateusz from Trumbull, Ct
    01/07/2019
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    How often should Bora-Care be applied?
    In other words how long should the chemical prevent termites from coming back?
    A

    When applying Bora-Care to structural wood in the home, you only need to apply the product once. It will last for the life of the wood. If you are applying to exterior wood like a deck, porch, or fence which is exposed to rainfall, then you would either need to use a water sealant after the Boracare is dry, or you would re-apply Boracare after about 3-5 years.

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  • Asked by Robert from Oklahoma City, Ok
    11/14/2015
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    Can you apply Boracare on painted but porous wood?
    For example, I want to treat some painted but porous cedar to which my copper guttering will be attached. My plan is to then let it dry and paint it again.
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    Boracare cannot be applied to painted or treated wood even if porous. It is best to strip the wood of the paint and then apply Boracare. If you are treating for active wood boring pest and taking the paint off is not a viable option, then you can inject a product like Jecta into the damaged areas.

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  • Asked by Susan
    03/19/2011
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    Can Bora-Care be used on painted furniture?
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    No. Bora-Care can only be used on unfinished or stripped furniture.
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  • Asked by Monika from St Petersburg, Fl
    08/01/2018
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    Can Bora-Care be used for 2 x 12 beams supported by concrete blocks?
    I was told that I need to use pressure treated wood for a header that is being placed on 2 concrete block columns. Since you cannot use Bora Care on pressure treated wood, and I need wood that is moisture resistant to place on the concrete block, can I use Bora Care on my headers for this purpose?
    A

    Yes, Bora-Care can be used to treat pressure treated beams in your home.  Since the wood is pressure treated just allow ample time for the Bora-Care to absorb in and dry.  You may also see some beading of the product on the wood surface when applied, but it will soak in during the drying process. 

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  • Asked by Benny from San Diego California.
    09/29/2014
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    How many years will I need to reapply Boracare if I don't do surface finish after treated deck?
    I applied boracare on my old deck without surface finish about 4 years ago. I want to know how many years I will do it again.
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    Without treating the surface with a sealant, paint or stain after applying Boracare, the product will evaporate out the surface within a couple months. We would recommend doing a complete reapplication of your decking with Boracare and followed by a surface finish. It is important to seal your treatment of Boracare within 1 month with a sealant, paint, or stain to ensure the Boracare is locked into the wood. You will need to reapply the sealant or paint per the product label you choose.
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  • Asked by Crystal from Vallejo, Ca
    07/20/2016
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    Can I hand sand a wood sculpture after it has been treated with BoraCare?
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    You could sand wood that has been treated with BORACARE as long as it is completely dry.

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  • Asked by Hugh from Carrollton
    05/20/2018
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    Will Bora-Care kill or control carpenter bees?
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    No,  Boracare is not labeled for carpenter bees.

    For carpenter bees, we would recommend using our Carpenter Bee Kit. It has everything you need to do a complete treatment for bees.

    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 Vince from Wantaugh, Ny
    06/07/2018
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    Is Boracare effective on subterranean termites?
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    If you have subterranean termites, we would recommend doing a trench around the home. You will dig a 6 inch by 6 inch around the structure of the home. We would recommend using Termidor SC. You will use 0.8 fl. oz. per gallon of water. You will use 4 gallons of solution per 10 lineal feet. The termites travel in the walls and will be eradicated within 90 days.

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  • Asked by Melvin from Oxford
    05/05/2013
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    Can Boracare be used on pressure treated lumber after it has dried in place for several months?
    I plan on having exposed truss ends on my house (no soffits). If the trusses are treated will Boracare still work to kill carpenter beetles.
    A

    You can use Boracare on pressure treated wood as long as there is no stain, sealant, or paint on the wood. If the wood treated with Boracare is outside exposed to the elements, then you want to apply a water sealant after the Boracare has dried.

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  • Asked by Joe from Wilmington, Nc
    07/02/2015
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    Will Boracare treat insects in pine wood?
    I have a 2x4 piece of pine wood that is near my shallow well water pump that has a hole on the 4" side about a foot long and I find sawdust on my pump, what is the insect and how can I get rid of it.
    A
    This could be numerous types of wood destroying insects. We would recommend to apply Boracare to the wood very directly with a paint brush.
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  • Asked by Ihuamilly from Chula Vista Ca91910
    09/30/2014
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    How many years will the deck applied Boracare last each of with and without paint?
    I bought your Boracare 4 gallons last week and will receive Wednesday to apply to my renew deck. I want to know that how many years my deck will last each of both condition of deck with paint and without paint after applied Boracare? My concern is I have to remove paint if I want re-apply Boracare to my deck again in the future.
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    Boracare lasts for the life of the wood if it is not exposed to rain, continuous water or ground contact. The amount of time Boracare lasts in the wood will depend upon those factors. There is no specific guarentee because some conditions are more or less favorable than others. In your case, we would recommend using a sealent of some kind after the application of Boracare. Do not expose treated exterior wood surfaces to rain or snow for at least 48 hours after treatment. For longer performance, exterior wood surfaces will require a topcoating with a water-resistant finish such as paint or exterior stain. Apply within 6 weeks of treatment. Boracare must dry completely (at least 48 hours) before applying any protective topcoat. If there is a current infestation, you will do a 1:1 application of Boracare. If this is just for preventative measure, you will do 5:1 application. Make sure the water is very hot when you are spraying it.
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  • Asked by Robert from Huntington,tx
    07/16/2013
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    Can i use of Boracare on the underside of portable building?
    I noticed that my portable building has termite damage, and the termites have built their mud tunnels onto and past the treated wood skids that the building is built on. The building has settled, and the treated skids are sitting on the ground. I guess raising it higher than ground level should be the 1st step, but is boracare the best product to use on the underside of the building? Floor joists,etc? Exposed to the weather, but not direct rain? I guess it should be sprayed on?
    A
    Boracare would be a great option for any exposed raw wood surfaces as it will last for the life of the wood and is not in direct shot of rain. However, if you are dealing with subterranean termites, which it sounds like by your reference to mud tunnels, you would need to treat the soil around the base of the structure to eliminate the colony as the Boracare will not get rid of the ones in the ground. Termidor is the number one product on the market for termite control and will eliminate both the termites currently in the soil around the structure and inside the structure, but will also protect it from any future infestations for at least the next 10 years. You can see our article on How To Do A Termite Treatment for the steps you would take to eradicate the colony and protect your structure without having to lift it higher from the ground. Please let us know if you have any other questions.
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  • Asked by Sonnie from Big Rock, Il 60511
    08/18/2014
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    I need a wood preserver for an untreated new fence that is adjacent to a middle school.
    A
    We would recommend using Boracare. Apply only to bare wood or to wood surfaces where an intact water repellent or finish is not present. For preventative measures, you will use 5 gallons of very hot water with 1 gallon of Boracare. You can either paint this on or spray it on. Once the product dries, you can do whatever you wanted to do with the fence. We would recommend not spraying when anyone is around. It normally dries within 2-3 hours. Please let us know if you have any additional questions.
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  • Asked by Chad from Guerneville, Ca
    07/22/2015
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    Does Boracare work on different species of wood boring beetles?
    Does Boracare work on all of the following wood boring beetle species, old world lyctus beetle southern lyctus beetle western lyctus beetle Pacific deathwatch beetle black Polycaon leadcable borer. Also, does the product need to be applied to the area of infestation only, or does one need to apply to surrounding areas to stop any spreading?
    A

    Boracare is labeled for the follwoing types of beetles, Old House Borers, Longhorn Beetles and Ambrosia Beetles, Anobiid and Lyctid Powderpost Beetles.  It is best to apply to the entire piece of wood and surrounding raw wood to treat current infestations and protect from future infestations.

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  • Asked by Cew from Pacific Grove Ca.
    10/31/2013
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    I need your most effective termite control for drywood & subterranean termites.
    Do you ship to CA?
    A
    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. Both Termidor SC and Bora-Care are able to be shipped to California. We offer fast, free shipping. Please let us know if you need anything else. 866.581.7378
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  • Asked by Linda from Ne, Oh
    11/05/2017
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    What is the temperature range for application of Bora-Care?
    My application is to interior posts/beams in an unheated building, what outside temperature is too low to apply the Bora-Care in an unheated building?
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    Bora-Care can be applied in any temperature as long as it is not below freezing. However, the warmer the temperature the easier it will be to mix and apply the Bora-Care because of its thick consistency.

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  • Asked by Robert from York Pa
    10/24/2019
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    I'm planning on hanging live edge green hemlock in my home. Can Bora-Care be applied to green wood?
    Recommendations on this project? Hemlock is widely used in my area and a bear to work with when hard.
    A

    Yes. Bora-Care can be applied to new, green wood.  Just keep in mind that the dry time may take longer than older, seasoned wood since the green wood contains more moisture than seasoned wood.  

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  • Asked by Jeff from Rogers, Ar
    07/24/2015
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    How do I apply Boracare for wood decaying fungus in a crawl space?
    Do you recommend a 1:1 ratio for existing areas of wood decaying fungus? If so, a 1:1 ratio will take a lot of chemical to treat the whole crawl space under my house - is it ok to spot treat with 1:1 ratio only affected areas and then spray 5:1 ratio for prevention everywhere else? And would I need to wait for spot treatment to dry first before spraying 5:1 ratio or could I just spray around it? Final question, should I spray first and then come back later and put down my vapor barrier? (I saw comment about spray being sticky.)
    A

    When using Boracare to treat for an active infestation of wood fungus it is applied at a 1:1 ratio for wood that is 4" thick or greater. Use a 3:1 dilution ratio for wood less than 4" in thickness.  You can spot treat the areas that have active fungus and then use the 5:1 for future prevention in the non effected areas.  You should be sure to address the moisture issue in the area before or during treatment of Boracare and apply a vapor barrier after the product has dried. Please see the product label for complete application instructions.

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