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  • Asked by Melissa from New Iberia
    05/18/2016
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    Can you spray Borac-care inside existing walls? Will it effect the insulation in the walls?
    I found a termite colony inside my wall up at the top near ceiling. They are visible on one side of the wall that is painted but not a trace on the side that is not painted. Visible meaning that there are small holes and I can see movement of little white crawlers inside the holes. Also, some winged ones came out of holes. There is insulation inside of the walls. Should I drill holes in walls and spray this stuff inside the walls. Or should I use something else for for this purpose. I bought termite killer from local home improvement store because it was like late evening when the bugs started flying around and in a panic it was the quick fix. I seems to have killed the small white crawlers and the winged critters but now days later, I have these bigger brown ones coming out the holes, only three but still. I don't know if more are in there and I want them gone. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
    A

    Boracare should only be applied directly to wood. We would recommend using something like Termidor Foam in the wall voids. This product will be injected at the studs of the wall. Termidor Foam is a non-repellent so the termites do not know they are coming in contact with it. You can drill holes in the stud every 10-12 inches apart. This product has a residual of 3 months. 

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  • Asked by Mary from Wapwallopen, Pa
    04/14/2017
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    Is Bora-Care safe for pets?
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    Bora-Care is safe if it is applied to raw wood when the pets are not present. Once the treated surfaces have completely, it is safe for them to returned to the treated areas/surfaces.

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  • Asked by Chris from Orange, Ca
    06/27/2013
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    How do i treat an existing wall with Boracare?
    We apparently have termites inside a laundry room wall, how do we treat the studs in this situation?
    A
    You will need to either open the wall completely and spray or paint the studs with the mixed solution of Boracare, or use a termite injection tool to inject it directly into the wood. Another option would be to use an expanding foam like Termidor Foam or Premise Foam to drill holes on either side of the studs and inject it in to run down and expand around the stud, or drill holes into the studs in search of the galleries they have eaten away and shoot the foam into these spots for direct treatment. If you have drywood termites these treatment methods should get rid of the entire colony in the wall. If you have subterranean termites you will need to do a trench treatment to properly eliminate the infestation and protect your home. You can see the directions and products needed to complete the treatment in our article called How To Do A Termite Treatment. Please let us know if you have any questions.
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  • Asked by Tristan from Bay Area, Ca
    04/08/2015
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    Will Bora-Care work on Ipe wood?
    My new Ipe deck has some kind of wood borer. The top is finished with Ipe Oil. The bottom is unfinished. I could spray the underside. The boards are only 3/4" thick, but Ipe is very dense. Do you know of anyone that has tried it on hardwood?
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    Bora-Care should be applied only on raw, natural wood with no finishes (stain, paint, sealant, varnish, etc). Bora-Care cannot penetrate into sealed or finished wood. After wood has been treated with Bora-Care, you can paint, stain or seal the wood with no problems. We recommend waiting at least 3 days before sealing (but not longer than 6 weeks). Outdoor wood should be sealed after application of the product.
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  • Asked by Smith from Los Angeles, Ca
    11/16/2011
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    Is Boracare compatible with linseed oil and turpentine?
    I would like to treat exterior windows and trim that have dry rot and termite damage. Can I apply Boracare to bare/stripped wood and then follow up with a linseed oil/turpentine mixture, then oil primer then aklyd paint? Will there be any compatibility issues? Can Boracare be directly mixed into the linseed/turpentine solution and applied as one solution?
    A
    We recommend that you contact Nisus, the manufacturer of Boracare, as they are the experts on their own product and they may have the specific information you are seeking. You can reach Nisus by calling 800-264-0870.
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  • Asked by Paul from San Rafael, Ca
    09/23/2018
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    What type of sprayer do I need to apply Boracare?
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    Any hand pump sprayer can be used to apply Boracare.  It is recommended to dilute the Boracare in a bucket with hot water and then add the dilution to the sprayer. If you dilute Boracare directly in the sprayer you will almost always wind up with a clogged sprayer.

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  • Asked by Todd from Grasonville Md
    01/22/2018
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    I applied Bora-Care to exposed structural beams and now the wood looks darker. Is this normal?
    I sprayed with Bora-Care and it looks like the beams are darker in tint. They also have a sticky film on them. Will I be able to apply linseed oil?
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    Wood treated with Bora-Care will appear darker than normal for a few days until the chemical dries.  Typically it only takes 24 - 48 hours for the product to dry and not be sticky.  If it is not drying within this time frame, it usually means that too much of the product was applied to the wood.  You could lightly sand the wood to remove the stickiness and then apply your finishing oil. 

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  • Asked by Pa from St. Pete, Fl
    10/29/2016
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    What is the best thing to coat my wood structure to protect forever against termite infestation? Will rain wash it away? Do I need to paint over it?
    What is the best thing to coat my wood structure to protect forever against termite infestation? Will rain wash it away? Do I need to paint over it? pa
    A

    Boracare is an excellent option for use on raw wood for termites and other wood boring insects. The mixing ratio for prevention is 5:1, meaning you will use 5 gallons of hot water with 1 gallon of Boracare. This can either be sprayed on or painted on. If you are using a sprayer, be sure to use another container to mix the product first and then put it inside of your sprayer. It is recommended that you use a sealant or paint on the wood after the product has dried completely. It will last for the life of the wood and seal the product inside so that irrigation from outdoors will not wash the product out of the wood. 

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  • Asked by Anonymous
    06/23/2012
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    Do you have to get every single centimeter without missing, when applying BORACARE?
    Lets say you are spraying a wood board with Boracare...do you have to make sure you get every inch of that board covered or is it okay if you can spray the whole board evenly but there are very small dots that the mist did not get? Termites would not be able to live in the board if there is SOME Boracare right?
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    A few small areas is not a big deal because of how Bora-Care moves through the wood.  However, for best results you should try your best to treat all exposed sides of the wood evenly and thoroughly.
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  • Asked by Kevin from Avondale Az
    04/04/2012
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    Can termites travel over the boracare that has been sprayed on the wood to untreated wood?
    to access or get too the wood that has not been sprayed?
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    Technically speaking, yes, the termites could travel over treated wood to access untreated wood. In most cases though the termites will start trying to infest the wood that is closest to the ground and wood that is very moist whether or not it has been treated with Boracare.
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  • Asked by Don from Land O'lakes, Fl
    04/14/2019
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    Can Bora-Care be injected into the studs if holes are drilled into them?
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    Yes, Bora-Care can be injected into the studs themselves. It can be sprayed, painted, rolled or injected. 

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  • Asked by Rich from West Linn, Or
    03/31/2016
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    We have a new Madrone wood butcher block countertop in our kitchen that was OK for two years,
    Then some holes appeared. Now there's a third hole. We did kill one... maybe a false powderpost beetle? Can we take this butcher block top off and treat the unfinished bottom (top has had Linseed oil finish)? Is Boracare toxic enough that we could not use this butcher block top for food preparation after applying the Boracare to the bottom (about 1.5" thick)?
    A

    As long as the top is sealed then you can safely apply Boracare to the underside if unsealed and it will penetrate through the wood.  It would be recommended to allow the butcher block to dry for 24-48 hours before using again. Any food contact surfaces treated with Boracare must have a sealant applied after the Boracare has dried.

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  • Asked by Janet from North Miami Beach, Fl
    06/05/2016
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    How do we get rid of termites in a termite infested couch?
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    For furniture your options are limited for treatment. If the wood is in its all natural raw state without any stains or finishes on it you can use a product like Boracare. Boracare will absorb all the way into the wood and eliminate any infestation that is there and last for the life of the wood. It does not stain the wood or leave behind any visible residue, but becomes one with the wood and any insect that ingests it dies. If the furniture has a finish on it, you would either have to drill holes throughout it and inject something like the Boracare or a foam, or the option most go with, hire a company to fumigate it

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  • Asked by Sarah from Washington
    09/08/2017
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    Why is there residue after applying Boracare?
    Applied 3 coats of poly but we have white smudges all over floor which finisher believes is boracare reacting to poly. Have to strip wood and start all over. How do we avoid this happening again? Are we supposed to wash floor after boracare and before finishing?
    A

    If you are seeing white residue after applying Boracare, then there are a few possible causes. What usually happens is that either the Boracare was not mixed properly before it was applied, or too much product was applied to wood. Another possibility is that the Boracare did not have enough time to dry completely before the poly coating was applied. Typically Boracare dries in 24-48 hours. 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. Another condition that could cause strange drying is if you are trying to apply Boracare to wood that has already been treating with paint, stain, sealant, oil, or another finish.

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  • Asked by Paul from Sneedville, Tn
    08/01/2019
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    Can I add a mold killer/treatment to Bora-Care so that I can treat a mold and termite issue?
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    The idea when actively treating for mold and wood boring pests is to treat the termites first with Bora-Care at a 1:1 ratio and then come behind that and treat with Bora-Care with Mold Care at the 1:5 ratio. Per the manufacturer, this can be done in back to back days. 

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  • Asked by Mike from Crestview Hills, Ky
    08/21/2013
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    Once Bora-Care is applied to the bare wood, will there be any problems with the wood accepting a stain again?
    We have powder post beetles throughout our hardwood floors. We are going to sand down all the floors, remove any damage boards and replace. We are then going to treat with Bora-Care and wait a few years before restaining. One bug company refused the job because they are concerned the boards will not stain properly after treating with Bora-Care. Is this true? Can I buy and apply the chemical myself with equal results to an exterminator?
    A
    Bora-Care is a great choice to treat powder post beetles on raw wood. The product can be purchased and applied by homeowners. The wood can be stained after the product has dried. We cannot comment on why the company refused to treat. For additional information on the product, you may contact the manufacturer at 800.264.0870.
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  • Asked by Brian from Gisborne New Zealand
    07/17/2016
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    Can I apply undiluted Boracare on to finished timber?
    The timber is kiln dried and I don't want to increase the moisture content.
    A

    BORACARE must be applied in a diluted fashion with water to work correctly and absorb into the wood. Boracare and the glycols it contains are designed to replace the natural moisture content of the wood so it bonds and last long term in the piece of timber you are trying to protect. Nisus, the manufacturer of Boracare, states that Boracare can be applied to kiln dried wood or prior to being placed in a kiln. 

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  • Asked by M. from Sacramento, Ca
    04/30/2013
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    Drywood termites in fence, side of house, and crawl space
    Should I spray the entire fence including drilling numerous small holes to kill the drywood termites in the fence? I think the house will have to be tented since extensive activity in walls and crawlspace. I don't want re-infestiation from the fence.
    A
    Here is a link to treating drywood termites.  Using Boracare it is not required to drill holes into the wood. The Boracare will penetrate 4in into the wood and last for the life time of the wood if applied to raw unpainted wood.
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  • Asked by Beth from Walnut Cove,nc
    04/13/2014
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    Does Boracare work on carpender bees?
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    Boracare is not labeled for carpenter bee control as the boracare must be ingested to affect the insect. Carpenter bees only tear away at the wood, they dont eat it like termites do so they normally will not be affected. Carpenter bees are normally less attracted to treated wood but even after sealing the wood, you could use a residual spray like Cyonara 9.7 to spray across the wood to kill them just from landing on the treated surface.  Cyonara is also found in one of Carpenter Bee Kits here.
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  • Asked by Bevan from Texas
    12/08/2015
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    Can Boracare be applied to stained wood?
    I made a desk and stained it and it is now infested with termites. The wood was only stained and not varnished or sealed can it still be treated?
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    Boracare can be applied only to raw wood. Any stain, paint, or seal would have to be completely stripped in order to treat the wood with Boracare. You may drill into the wood to spot treat with a ready-to-use formulation of Boracare called Jecta.

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