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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 Brandon from Daytona Beach, Fl
    08/20/2019
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    I am treating a newly constructed residential home with Bora-Care. My question is: If there are 2 x 8 studs throughout the home how much more Boracare would I use? I am using a 1 to 1 ratio.
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    For prevention Bora-Care would be applied at the 5:1 ratio.  There is a chart here that can help determine how much is needed.  For 2x8 a 1:1 ratio will cover 308 lineal feet so at the 5:1 it would be 5 times that.  For new homes you typically only apply 2 feet up from ground.

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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 Brad
    09/01/2018
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    What should I use to get Bora-Care over spray off laminate floor?
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    You can drop cloths that have been soaked in hot water on areas where overspray occurred to lift to the residue from your Bora-Care treatment off the laminate flooring.

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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 Murdock
    10/08/2010
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    Does Bora-Care have any effect on 3m 5200 caulk's holding power?
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    Bora-Care should have no effects on caulking as long as you allow plenty of time for the Bora-Care to dry thoroughly before applying the caulk which is usually 24 hours.
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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 Steven from Hillsville Va
    08/24/2018
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    Is there a bug bomb I can use in an empty house for powder post beetles?
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    Powder post beetles live inside wood and can remain dormant inside wood for up to 30 years.  Foggers will be unable to penetrate the wood to contact the beetles, and it certainly won’t give any sort of long term residual to product your wood when they beetles come out of their dormant stage. Bora-Care is the best product for powder post beetles.  It is sprayed/painted on raw untreated wood.  It will soak through to the center of the wood and protect the wood for the lifetime of the wood.

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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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  • 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?
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    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.
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    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.
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    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?
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    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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