Bora-Care - Questions & Answers

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  • Asked by Mark from Dallas
    05/24/2016
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    What is the recommended method for treating wood beneath drywall with BoraCare?
    The answer to Jerry on 9/17/2010 was to drill at a downward angle into the studs every 6 inches and inject Bora-Care into the drilled holes. The answer to Adam from Kansas on 03/02/2013 was to drill holes at the top of the wall on each side of each stud and drill a second set of holes at the bottom of the wall on each side of each stud and then apply Bora-Care foam using the top holes until the foam comes out of the bottom holes. Has the recommendation changed over time?
    A

    Both of the treatments mentioned in previous Q&A's for Boracare are correct as they are for 2 different application methods. If you are drilling directly into the stud you would follow the instructions of drilling every 6 inches and inject.  If you want to foam into a wall void instead then you would follow the drill at the top and bottom on each side of the stud instructions.

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  • Asked by Dave from Mehoopany Pa
    05/19/2014
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    I'm tearing off old Cedar Clapboard siding and replacing it with Rough Cut Hemlock, Board & Batton. I will be
    A
    I'm sorry, but we do now understand what your question is. Please call us at 866-581-7378 for further assistance.
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  • Asked by Carol from Conroe, Tx
    02/03/2018
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    Can Bora-Care be effective if I just drill into a stud and apply it?
    Since we have chemical sensitivities, we sealed the studs of our home before sheetrock with a waterbased seal. I've found frass underneath a windowseat and want to treat with Boracare. Is it possible to treat the studs by drilling into the studs and injecting the BoraCare that way?
    A

    If you know that you have termites or carpenter ants in treated wood, then we would recommend spot treating with a non-repellent insecticide that will transfer throughout the colony, such as Fuse Foam. Fuse Foam is a ready-to-use product that has a foaming agent to help it expand and fill galleries. You would need to use the kickout holes as a guide to drill into the termite/ant gallery so that you can get at least some of the product in direct contact with the live insects. The product then works slowly enough to get transferred throughout the whole insect colony and cause collapse. If you prefer a Borate product, then we recommend the ready-to-use formulation of Boracare called Jecta. Jecta is designed for spot treatments.

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  • Asked by Guillermo from Pacifica, California
    02/27/2014
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    Will Bora-Care be safe to use on vapor barriers, in this case Tyvek house wrap?
    A
    Bora-Care should only be applied to raw wood and not on vapor barriers. Please refer to the product label for additional information. Please contact Nisus (the manufacturer) if you have any concerns with a previous application of the product on the house wrap. They can be reached at 800.264.0870.
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  • Asked by Ian from Bermuda
    09/14/2017
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    What is the best product and equipment to use for drywood termites in multiple large attics?
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    Boracare would be the best product to treat any accessible raw untreated wood for drywood termites. You can apply Boracare by rolling, painting, pressurized hand pump sprayer, or foamer. Please refer to our How to Treat for Drywood Termites Guide for step by step instructions on how to do a full treatment (Identify, Inspect, Treat & Prevent).  

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  • Asked by Shamarie from Wasilla, Ak
    06/25/2018
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    Is Bora-Care safe to use around 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 dried, it is safe for them to return.

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  • Asked by Joelieanna from Orlando, Florida
    12/31/2015
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    Does Boracare kill wood beetles or termites burrowed in a stained but not sealed tabletop?
    We were given an antique table from Puerto Rico. My husband stripped it and stained it. We brought it inside and we noticed dust accumulating in a section of the table. We were told it has wood beetles. He spent a lot of time restoring it, so we hope to save the table; however, we have wood floors and live in Florida.
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    Boracare will not be absorbed into wood that is stained or treated. If the wood is stripped down to the bare, exposed wood, then you could apply Boracare before re-painting or re-staining the wood. If this is not possible, then you may want to consider having a local pest control company fumigating the piece of furniture to kill any existing insects in it.

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  • Asked by Mike from Riverside Ca
    04/15/2015
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    Can I treat my house before I spray for termites?
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    We apologize but we are not completel sure what you mean by this? If you are asking if you can spray this on the wood studs, footers, headers and joists for your home as its being built for termite protection on raw wood, then yes. 
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  • Asked by Jerry from Brielle, Nj
    09/11/2016
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    Is Bora-Care corrosive to romex wiring?
    A

    The manufacturer has told us that Boracare is not corrosive but of course should not be sprayed onto exposed electrical wiring of any sort.

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  • Asked by Charles from New Orleans
    12/25/2018
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    How long should I wait to apply wood hardeners after treating with Bora-Care?
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    You should apply Boracare to raw wood. You can then apply any stain, sealant, or paint after the Boracare application has dried, usually 24-48 hours.  

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  • Asked by Michael from Fremont, Ca
    05/10/2013
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    Is Boracare safe to spray onto electrical wiring, low voltage wiring and other new construction materials?
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    Neither Boracare, or any liquid is safe to be sprayed into electrical wiring of any sort. This would be an extreme shock hazard and damage your equipment and wiring. Boracare is strictly a raw natural wood treatment product for wood destroying insects like Termites, Carpenter ants and Powder Post Beetles. If there is a particular pest you are trying to treat for you can let us know and we can recommend a product that can be used in the areas you mentioned.
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  • Asked by Michele from Elma, Ia
    04/04/2017
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    Can I paint or stain the wood after an application of Bora-Care?
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    Yes, after Bora-Care is applied and it dries, you can paint or use a stain on the wood.

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  • Asked by Gregg
    03/27/2018
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    After applying Bora-Care, can I sand and clearcoat without health issues to me? How long should I wait prior to sanding, woodworking and sealing with bar top coating?
    I have the opportunity to receive a piece of cedar 3"thick and make a table. How ever it appears to have several small / deep holes around the edges of the table. I saw a couple gray Beatles on the ground by it.
    A

    Wood should be sanded and treated with Bora-Care prior to staining, painting, sealing etc. Please wear protective gear included in our Professional Safety Kit when applying the product. You should wait a few days after application has dried.This will allow the product to soak through the entire piece of wood. Do not wait longer than six weeks to re-sand/stain/seal.

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  • Asked by Joe from Gaithersburg, Md
    07/25/2019
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    Will applying Bora-Care to just the exposed face of a wall paneled with palletwood be fine?
    Or do I have to apply it to both sides of the wood for it to prevent termites?
    A

    Bora-Care penetrates faster when applied to all sides and you get a more complete application, but if you can only apply to one side it can still penetrate up to 4 inches with 1 application.

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  • Asked by Harry from Boston Mass
    09/10/2019
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    What foaming agents are used with Bora-Care?
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    Bora-Care can be used with foaming agents such as ProFoam or OutLast.

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  • Asked by Jack from Goose Creek, Sc
    12/11/2019
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    How long will Bora-Care last after being mixed?
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    Bora-Care will need to be used immediately after being mixed, becasue after about 24 hours the product starts to break down and lose its efficacy. You also want to be sure the product is not left overnight in a sprayer, becasue this may clog the sprayer. 

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  • Asked by Harry from Boston Mass
    09/10/2019
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    Is Bora-Care compatible with ice & water shield materials?
    I plan to use Bora-Care to resolve wood rot problems adjacent to roof materials which include an ice & water shield which adheres to the roof but would also be exposed in some areas to the bora care treatment
    A

    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.  It should not harm other materials though we would recommend you contact Nisus, the manufacturer at 800-264-0870 to confirm.

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  • Asked by Ronald from Houston, Texas
    02/12/2020
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    I have about 3200 sq ft that I want to cover. How many gallons of Bora-Care will I need to purchase doing the
    How many gallons will I need doing the 1 to 1 ratio?
    A

    Bora-Care is applied at a 1:1 ratio to make two gallons of solution and on average covers about 400-500 sq ft. Could you please provide the dimensions of the wood that will be treated?

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  • Asked by Terry from Makanda, Il
    11/24/2014
    Q
    Powerpost beetles in rough cut oak .
    I have some rough cut white oak hardwood that is being air dried. It is slabe cut and has the natural edges of the tree. There seems to be powderpost beetles in the sapwood. Several questions 1) Should I plane the wood to final size before treating with Boracare? Boards will end up in the 3/4 or 7/8" thick size. 2) Can I paint Boracare on the oak? 3) Should I treat both sides? 4) What mixture percentage is best? 5) How long should I wait after treating with Boracare before staining the oak wood? 6) Since I am storing the oak with other hardwoods (black locust and hickory) in the air dry garage, should I treat this wood also?
    A
    Yes, you should cut the wood to the final size before treating with Boracare. You do not want to waste the product on wood that will not be used. Yes, Boracare can be painted on the oak. Yes, you can treat both sides. You will use a 1:1 ratio of Boracare for an active infestation. Once the product is dry, you can do whatever you want with the wood, such as staining it. If you would like to treat the other wood, you can. If you have not seen activity though, it may not be necessary. Let me know if you have any additional questions.
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  • Asked by Ryan from Pa
    11/03/2011
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    Why is the BoraCare treated wood still sticky? Should I be concerned about insulating in these areas?
    I treated the wood along the sill beam, subfloor, joists, etc. in my basement 6 days ago. I have had a fan running in the area to promote drying, yet the wood still seems to be sticky/wet. I am assuming that at this point this is not really water, more likely part of the penetrating agents? I need to replace the fiberglass batt insulation, is this likely to cause mold, problems, etc.? Any other thoughts to reduce the drying time? Would simply wiping down the wood at this point with a wet rag and then allowing another few hours dry time be sufficient? I did follow the mixing directions closely, including mixing with a drill and hot water for quite some time. I applied with the 2 gal Chapin sprayer waited 30 minutes and reapplied.
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    Bora-Care should not be taking that long to dry.  Typically it only takes 24 hours.  Usually when this is the case, it means that too much was applied to the wood.  This may or may not be the case.  We would like you to call the manufacturer, Nisus, as they are the true experts on their own product and can better troubleshoot your situation.  You can reach them at:  Nisus: 800.264.0870
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