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  • Asked by Lisa from Loysville, Pa 17047
    08/07/2013
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    Can powderpost beetles only infest one area of a finished basement with wood paneling?
    Only one of the four walls with wood paneling and trim in the finished basement shows evidence of the powderpost beetle. Is this possible? Should the paneling be taken down to treat with Bora-Care. Does over the counter Spectracide work?
    A
    Only having one wall infested is possible. The wood is usually infested before it is installed and it can take many years to see activity. Boracare is one of the only known products that will penetrate into the interior of the wood. We are unaware of any over the counter products that work in such a manner. Boracare can only be applied to bare wood so any paint, stain or other finish will need to be removed prior to application. It is best to apply the Boracare to all sides of the wood whenever possible.
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  • Asked by Omar from Moreno Valley California
    07/24/2013
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    Drywood termites over a concrete slab,patio
    How do i treat drywood termites when the affected area is in the patio area and there is concrete floor,i saw the how to video on subterranean termite where you dig a trench on dirt could you please let me know what is the best way to treat it on concrete thank you.
    A
    Drywood termites are usually very localized and can be treated by removing the infested wood and replacing it. If you choose to keep the wood you will need to treat it with a product such as Boracare. The wood must be unpainted, unstained or untreated. If the wood has been painted, stained or treated in any way you will need to sand it down to apply a product such as Boracare. Boracare will penetrate into the wood to kill existing termites. After 72 hours the wood should be sealed to sela in the boaracare. Boracare will then last the life of the wood.
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  • Asked by Sandra from Wolverine, Mi
    08/21/2013
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    We are having rotted wood repaired on a log home. When the rotted wood is dug out should the area be sprayed.
    The rot will be replaced with cement and lathe. Would it be wise to spray the inside of the log that has been taken out with bora-care ot timbor? I have seen carpenter ants in the area but so far not in the rot being removed.
    A
    Yes, Bora-Care would be the best product to use. 

    Bora-Care is the preferred choice to treat wood for any insect issues if most of the wood is exposed and it is raw wood you are treating, meaning it is not painted, stained, or sealed, it is just normal wood.  If your wood is stained, then you would either have to sand off the finish to use Bora-Care, and then you can re-stain it after 24 hours of applying Bora-Care, or your other option is to drill holes every 6 inches apart into the center of the wood and inject Bora-Care to get it past the outside stain.  Bora-Care is made only for wood, and you do not have to know exactly where the termites are for it to work which is a plus.  Bora-Care is sprayed evenly over all exposed surfaces of the wood and actually penetrates through the entire piece of wood.  When the termites in the wood try to consume the wood after it has been treated, they ingest the Bora-Care with the wood and die.  No matter where they are in the wood the Bora-Care will find them as long as you treated the exposed wood that you can see.  The other main benefit is that Bora-Care stays in the wood forever, so you will not have to worry about termites or beetles infesting the wood that you treated ever again. Also, Bora-Care dries clear so you can paint the wood, stain it, or leave it looking natural. 

    Bora-Care:  http://www.domyownpestcontrol.com/boracare-p-100.html

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  • Asked by Bob from Huntington Beach, Ca
    10/10/2011
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    I live in Southern California near the ocean. I have termites in my wood fence.
    How long will BoraCare last when exposed to the elements of Southern California coastal area? If the rain washes away the treatment, can it be reapplied during our dry season?
    A
    Bora-Care is great for the termite issue in your fence, but when applied outside it is very important to seal the treatment by using a sealant material, like a Thompsons water seal.  Bora-Care can only be applied to raw wood and after it is applied to wood outdoors it must be sealed.  However, you could apply it each year if you wanted to, but it is not necessary if you seal it.
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  • Asked by Tom from Royal Oak, Mi
    02/12/2018
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    How should I apply Boracare to a very small area of finished hardwood floor?
    I have a small area less than 6" wide and 4" long in a single board of hardwood floor that has frass appearing. Can I inject it into tiny holes I drill and then use wood filler to cover those holes or must i strip the surface of the floor area and refinish?
    A

    Rather than using Boracare, we would recommend using the ready-to-use formulation of Boracare called Jecta if you are spot treating in finished wood. Jecta does not need to be mixed and could be injected into the specific infested areas.

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  • Asked by Monte from Savannah, Tn
    10/30/2017
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    Do I need to let logs dry out after a rain if I want to treat them with Bora-Care?
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    Yes, the logs should be dry before applying Bora-Care.

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  • Asked by Jason from Hawaii
    05/24/2018
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    How can I use Boracare to treat plywood cabinets covered with plastic laminate?
    A

    Bora-Care is labeled to be used on wood in it’s natural, raw state.  The product will not penetrate the plastic laminate.  The wood would need to be stripped down to it’s natural, raw state to be treated with Bora Care.

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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 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?
    A

    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 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?
    A

    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?
    A

    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?
    A

    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 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?
    A

    Bora-Care can be mixed with an impeller-type mixer that would be used with an electric drill.

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  • Asked by Winter from Los Angles, Ca
    02/15/2018
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    I treated a cabinet 1 month ago with Bora-Care but I still see dust from beetles- when will they die?
    A

    When treating for powder post beetles, it is important to know that you may still see some beetles emerge even after you've treated with Bora-Care. This could be because the product may not have reached the center of the wood yet, or because there were still some dormant beetles at the time of application. With Bora-Care, the powderpost beetles do have to consume the wood in order to die.  If you are still seeing activity, this means they are consuming the wood and dying.  Any wood treated with Bora-Care, however, will be protected from any new damage. There is no need to treat again.

     

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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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