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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?
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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.
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    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 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 C from Irvine, Ca
    01/07/2018
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    Does Bora-Care penetrate through the glue in plywood?
    Would there be any benefit to spraying just one side of the bare roof plywood that is exposed inside my attic? Does it only penetrate thru the outer bare laminate and stop at the glue layer?
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    Apply Bora-Care solutions only to bare wood, plywood, particleboard and other cellulosic materials where an intact water-repellent barrier, such as paint, stain or sealer, is not present.  The glue should not pose any issues.  If you can treat all sides that is always better, but one side would be suffficient if there is not access to all sides.

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  • Asked by Steve from Knoxville, Tn
    05/26/2018
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    Will Bora-Care kill all types of termites?
    I live in a East Tennessee and not sure what type(s) of termites are in this area.
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    Bora-Care will kill all types but might not be the best choice depending on the type you have.  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. 

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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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  • Asked by Mike from Indiana
    06/03/2014
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    If Boracare penetrates 4" why would I need to treat both sides of lumber 1"thick?
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    For optimum penetration of the product into the wood and the quickest protection/elimination from insects, the Boracare needs to be applied to all sides, or at least as many sides as you can get to of the wood, no matter the depth. When it comes to protecting against wood destroying insects like termites you do not want to leave room for an inconsistent coverage that could allow more damage to be done.
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  • Asked by Jane
    09/27/2016
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    Can Boracare be used on a dining tabletop?
    Powder beetles have made sawdust visible on the table
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    If the dining table is raw wood with no paint or finish on it, yes Boracare can be used. You will use it at the rate of 1:1. This can either be sprayed on or painted on. You can also use Jecta in the holes where you have seen activity if the wood does have finish or paint on it. You must finish food-handling surfaces such as dining tables that have treated with Boracare.

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  • Asked by Rodney from Chesapeake, Va
    07/05/2018
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    I applied Boracare to beams for Powderpost beetles and I see activity again. Do I need to retreat? Why am I seeing signs still?
    I have a 80x50 pole barn infested with powder post beetles. Its pine milled from trees existing on lot, most beams are true 2x12. Powder post beetles are everywhere. Last year I applied borate, the super thick liquid stuff you have to mix with hot water with a sprayer. I used enough to dampen wood like directions said but this summer they are back like I never even treated them. Did I not apply enough or is there a better solution?
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    Powderpost Beetles are a pest that can often cause residual damage long after you have treated. The Boracare application you would have completed on the wood would be correct for treating and protecting the raw wood surfaces and having it absorb into the wood. Since powder post beetles lay their eggs inside the wood and the eggs could lay dormant for up to 30 years, you may see random signs of the pest anywhere in the time frame that you have the wood. Boracare will keep any new beetles from boring into the wood and kill them through ingestion of the wood if they try, and it will kill any beetles/larvae within the wood that try to eat their way through it or out of it. Boracare works through ingestion, so wood destroying pests would have to ingest the wood to get the product in their system to die from it. This means that any signs you are seeing now are beetles that are eating their way out of the wood and ingesting the Boracare and dying from it. Since there isnt a way to know how many eggs were left in the wood there isnt a way to know how long or how often you may see these signs pop up.

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  • Asked by Steve from Clear Lake, Mn
    05/23/2016
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    Why does the Boracare label say it covers 1600 sq ft of 1/2" panel in writing and then 800 sq ft of same panel in a table?
    The following is from the label, please help me understand. For Siding and Paneling One gallon of Bora-Care concentrate (2 gallons of solution) will treat 800 sq. ft. of 1" thick wood by spraying only one side. If siding or paneling is 1/2" thick, 1 gallon of Bora-Care concentrate (2 gallons solution) treats 1,600 sq. ft. Table B – Panels, Siding and Plywood (1:1 or 2:1 mixing ratio) Thickness (Inches) 1 Gallon of Diluted Bora-Care Will Treat Up To Minimum Amount of Diluted Bora-Care To Treat 1000 Square Feet 1/4 1,600 sq. ft. 0.6 Gal. 3/8 1,067 1.0 1/2 800 1.2 3/4 533 1.8 1 400 2.6
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    We understand that the Boracare label can be tricky to follow. The text is referring to a gallon of undiluted solution, which makes 2 gallons of finished solution, while the chart is referring to diluted solution. So, one gallon of concentrate makes 2 gallons of finished solution when diluted at a 1:1 ratio, and that total amount of 2 gallons of finished solution covers 1,600 square feet (800 per gallon of dilution).

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  • Asked by David from Thousand Oaks, Ca
    08/04/2015
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    What can I use for termites in an attic?
    Is there a product that can be fogged or misted into an attic area that would be effective on 'coating' the wood rafters to kill termites that come in contact with the product. I ask this because the attic area is pretty much inaccessible. thx.
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    We do not recommend to fog for termites in an attic. It will not penetrate the raw wood. In this case we recommend to treat using Boracare. Boracare will penetrate up to 4 inches into the wood and will last the lifetime of the wood. You can paint it, spray it, or foam it onto the raw wood. 

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  • Asked by James from Mine Hill Nj
    03/18/2014
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    Do you carry a product for Powder Post Beetles? If so, what is it?
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    Bora-Care is a wood treatment product that is used to treat raw wood for the eradication of powder post beetles. You can spray it on all sides of the wood or paint it on the wood. It should be mixed with hot water in a seperate container and then applied in your sprayer. Please click on the product label for additional information on the product. We carry the product in a gallon size and offer free shipping.
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  • Asked by Luke from Middletown Ct
    05/16/2015
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    Will Bora care work for an active infestation?
    I pulled a small section off of a mud tube in my house and I can see termites moving in it. Is bora care a good product to use to get the termites to take something back to the colony and kill them all or should I use something else?
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    First, it sounds like you may have Subterranean termites. You would do a completely different treatment for them,please see Barrier treatment. Boracare will work well to protect the wood itself. You can apply it for an active wood boring insect problem at a 1:1 ratio. 
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  • Asked by Gene from United States
    02/22/2012
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    Renovating shower stall, poured new slab do we need to treat surrounding studs?
    We removed our shower stall down to the studs. Poured a new concrete floor in the shower stall without pretreating for termites. Should we treat the surrounding studs for termite prevention before tiling? No current termite problems.
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    Since it is not possible to treat below the slab since it has been poured, then yes, it would be a great idea to treat the exposed wood before closing the walls back up.

    Bora-Care is usually the preferred choice 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.  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. 

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

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