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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?
    A
    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.
    A
    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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  • Asked by Doug from Cherry Valley Ny
    08/27/2013
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    Treating powder post beetle in 1-2" hardwood lumber?
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    The best product we recommend to use for wood boring insects is Boracare. Boracare will penetrate up to 4in into raw untreated wood. The active ingredient in Boracare is an inorganic salt and once in place will not decompose or volatilize out of the wood. Treatment is long lasting as long as the treated material is not exposed to rain, continuous water or ground contact.
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  • Asked by Cynthia from Los Angeles, Ca
    06/16/2016
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    How long do I wait to put new wood siding on after spraying BORACARE in the wall?
    Should mold be a concern? I have a contractor doing a job to replace the siding and its only a one day job. Wondering how many hours i should wait, or if mold would be an issue if it were still damp when I close it up.
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    BORACARE can take up to 72 hours to dry. We would recommend to try and wait longer than 24 hours to seal up the wall. This will allow for the product to better soak into the wood. Since Boracare alone does not treat for mold if you seal up moisture, mold could be a concern. 

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  • Asked by Milton from Colonial Heights, Va
    12/15/2017
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    Does the insulation have to be removed before I spray Bora-Care for mold and termite protection in my crawl space?
    I have mold on my floor choices in crawl space
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    Regular Bora-Care does not treat or prevent mold in the wood, only wood decay fungus and wood-destroying insects. For mold remediation or prevention, you should use Boracare with MoldCare. This product needs to be applied directly to the wood to be absorbed, so if the insulation is blocking the wood, then you do need to remove it before spraying. Boracare with MoldCare does not remove stains, so if you want to remove any stains or other discoloration, you can treat the wood first with Mold Clean.

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  • Asked by Steve from Frankfort,ky
    05/21/2018
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    Is there a way to pressurize the injection of boracare for large beams?
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    We arent sure we understand what you mean. Boracare is meant to be mixed with water and applied with either a hand pump sprayer that you create the pressure with yourself and spray on until wet but not dripping, or applied with a paint brush or roller. For large beams you would need to be applying it in one of those options and doing two coats to all sides if the beams are more than 5 inches thick in each direction. 

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  • Asked by Brantley from Dublin,ga
    02/23/2012
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    Is Boracare available in a smaller amount?
    Is boracare only offered in 1 gallon? I dont need much at all and a gallon would be too much for what i need.
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    Boracare is only sold in 1 gallon containers.
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  • Asked by Tom from Poway, Ca
    08/23/2011
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    Have fascia damage from dry wood termites. Do I treat with termidor and patch with bondo, or do I remove the
    fascia completely? Also have dry rot. Can I sand and then treat with timbor or do I have to completely remove the entire piece of wood?
    A
    Bora-Care would be the best product to use for the termites and the dry rot.  Bora-Care, as well as Timbor which is made from the same company, can only be applied to raw wood.  It can not be applied to any wood that is painted, stained, or sealed.  You do not have to remove the wood, but you would need to sand the finish off of the side you are going to re-treat.  Bora-Care is better than Timbor because it dries clear whereas Timbor leaves a white residue.  Also, Bora-Care penetrates into the wood deeper ensuring you get to all of the termites and insects in the wood.  Termidor will not penetrate through wood at all, so Bora-Care is the preferred method for treating drywood termites.
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  • Asked by David from Thousand Oaks, Ca
    07/24/2015
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    Can Boracare be used in a thermal fogger or in a non thermal (ULV) type fogger?
    Can any of these foggers be used to get the product onto inaccessible rafters? If so would the "fog" be effective? Also what would you suggest to treat douglas fir beams clad in oak veneer that are directly attached to the underside of a roof structure - i.e., no space between beam and interior ceiling.
    A

    Boracare is too thick of a product to be used in any type of fogger.  It can be foamed into wall voids or sprayed or painted directly onto raw untreated wood only.  If you cannot directly access the wood that needs to be treated, foaming is the best solution, although it will only penetrate into wood that it is directly contacting.

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  • Asked by Antonietta
    08/14/2013
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    How can we treat the new wood going in to prevent termite damage in a previously infested wall?
    We found subterranean termites had made tunnels in our wall by our entrance doorway. We have removed the sheet rock and will also remove all damaged wood. How can we treat the new wood going in. We are also going to do a Termidor treatment around our entire house and put in foam treatment inside wall before the new wood goes in. Is there anything else that we can do to protect the house from any further damage? We also wanted to install a bait system around the house when we are done. Would that be a good idea. Thanks so much for your help. Your website has been so helpful and saved us tones of money.
    A
    The Termidor trench treatment around your home is all that you would have to do if you have removed the damaged wood. If you wanted to treat the new as an extra precaution you would want to treat the wood with Boracare. Boracare can be sprayed or painted onto the raw wood and after treating all sides it will soak all the way through to the center and last for the life of the wood. Foaming your walls is not something you should do as this is only used to spot treat on active infestations in the walls. The foam will not leave behind a residual for more than a few weeks and even when treating an active infestation you are not foaming the entire wall void. If you want to do the termite bait stations to monitor activity in your yard after trenching that is a great idea, however again not necessary when doing a termidor treatment. It would be more of an extra protector and would just provide you with a way of physically seeing if there is activity. Please let us know if you have any other questions.
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  • Asked by Marilou
    06/12/2010
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    Can i use BoraCare to treat fungus and termite infested pepper tree trunks?
    We have been cutting down our dead trees infested with fungus and termites. we were told we need to throw them all out but I wanted to keep them to make steps and foot paths around our property. can i treat them with any of your product and do we have to strip the bark off the trunks?
    A
    BoraCare will kill any living plants and trees, so you could only use it if they are already dead or you don't mind if they are dead.  You would have to strip the bark and let the wood dry as much as possible before treating with Bora-Care.  The Bora-Care will kill any insects in the wood and neutralize fungus.  You would want to seal the wood after treating with a water sealant if they were going to be outside and exposed to rain for a long time. 
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  • Asked by Diana from New Canaan, Ct
    10/17/2018
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    Can I apply Boracare to wood that has already been treated with Timbor?
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    Yes, you can treat the same wood with Boracare.   The previous treatment with 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 Dennis
    05/26/2018
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    Will Bora-Care treat and protect white pine log carved into totem pole?
    A

    Bora-care is made for treating raw wood, if the wood has been painted, stained or treated in any way it will not absorb into the wood and therefore will not protect your wood. 

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  • Asked by Howard from San Juan Capistrano, Ca
    09/19/2016
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    Is Bora-Care safe to use on a laminated beam?
    My laminated beam has dry rot. I want to make sure that the Boracare will not melt the glue that holds the wood together in the laminated beam
    A

    Bora-Care should only be applied to raw wood in its natural form only for proper penetration. If there is a laminated coating on the beam the product will not be absorbed properly. 

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  • Asked by Terry from Marietta, Ga
    02/15/2019
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    Ratio for killing powder post beetles with Boracare?
    A

    Bora-Care should be mixed at a 1:1 ratio and can be applied by spraying or painting the wood for active infestations. Please refer to the product label for full mixing and application instructions.

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  • Asked by Fred from Los Angeles, Ca
    01/24/2014
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    How much do i sand my fence before applying BoraCare?
    My yard fence is made of painted 4x4, 2x4 and 2x2 boards. Is it sufficient to sand only one side of each board for effective application of BoraCare, or to I need to sand all 4 sides of each?
    A
    For best penetration and protection it is recommended by the manufacturer to sand all 4 sides of the wood so that you can apply the Boracare to all 4 sides to ensure complete treatment of the wood. If you do chose to only sand 1 or 2 sides of the wood make sure all paint particles are removed and you are only applying to pure raw wood and you may need to make multiple coats to ensure the product moves all the way through the wood.
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  • Asked by Nathan from San Francisco, Ca
    06/02/2013
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    safe to use on bedroom set?
    I built a jungle themed room for my daughter. I used Eucalyptus saplings to make the bed frame. We saw a few beetles scurrying around initially and killed them on the spot. Recently we are seeing a lot of holes in the wood and the occupants of those holes sure look like powderpost beetles. My research led to Boracare and this page. My concern is how safe is the product if I were to use it on the bedframe? I've read the MSDS and product label but still not very clear on safety. If I apply Boracare and let it dry, will the bedframe be safe enough for my daughter to touch? Thanks
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    The Boracare once dry is completely safe so as long as you keep your daughter away from it during the treatment process and until its dry she will be fine. Keep in mind Boracare is only designed for wood in its raw natural state. If you have put any sort of finish/stain/sealant on the wood there, you will have to sand it all off to apply the Boracare. Please let us know if you have any other questions.
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  • Asked by Gavin from Chariton, Ia
    04/13/2018
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    Is Bora-Care safe to use with parrots?
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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 Bonnie from Meadville, Pa
    08/18/2018
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    Can I use a water repellent product like WoodLife Classic over Bora-Care?
    A

    Yes, once the Bora-Care application is dry you, can use a stain or water repellent on the area.

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  • Asked by Sandra from Largo
    06/20/2018
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    Should I turn off the electricity when foaming Boracare in wall voids? Do I patch the holes immediately?
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    There is no need to turn off the power when foaming wall voids with Bora-Care, unless you have exposed or damaged wires in the wall.  For patching the holes you could do that immediately or if you have a lot of insulation you could wait 24 hrs to patch.

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