Bora-Care - Questions & Answers

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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 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.
    A
    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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  • Asked by Michael from United States
    10/14/2013
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    Will powder post beetles live in the osb subfloor? Should I treat it with Bora-Care?
    Will Bora-Care penetrate Advantach sub floor?
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    Bora-Care can be applied to oriented strand board (OSB) that do has not be painted, stained or sealed per the manufacturer. Please refer to the product label for more detailed information by clicking the link below.

    http://www.domyownpestcontrol.com/msds/boracare_label.pdf

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  • Asked by Chris from Arlington, Va
    05/10/2018
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    If I pressure wash my new cedar fence, can I pressure wash and seal it afterwards?
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    You will want to pressure wash, dry, apply Bora-Care (allow to dry) and then seal after.

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  • Asked by Barry from Plain City
    11/24/2014
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    When I opened my bottle most of the product is hard. Will mixing it dissolve the product in the water.
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    Boracare should not be hard. When was this product purchased? Did you get this from us?

    Please give us a call, and we would be happy to assist you with your product. Our phone number is 866-581-7378. Our hours are Monday-Friday 9-5 EST. You are also welcomed to respond to this email.

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  • Asked by Rick from Julian, Pa
    09/26/2019
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    Can I apply Boracare with a fogger?
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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. 

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  • Asked by Ritchie from Petal, Ms
    05/27/2018
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    Is it safe to treat the studs of an occupied home with Boracare as long as I remove my family until the wood is dry?
    Is it safe to treat the studs of an occupied home as long as I remove my family until the wood is dry? I have removed sheetrock in a termite damaged room so my stud walls are exposed. Repairs have been made.
    A

    Yes it is completely safe to use Boracare in the home on exposed studs as long as only the applicator is in the area while the product is being applied, and until the surface of the studs has dried. This could be as little as a couple of hours or as much as a day depending on how heavily you applied the product. 

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  • Asked by Mitch from Slc, Ut
    05/05/2018
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    Will Bora-Care work on green ash borer?
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    Bora-Care can ony be applied to raw wood for wood destroying insects. Are you treating for Emerald Ash Borers? Is so, we recommend using  Ferti-lome Tree & Shrub Insect Drench.

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  • Asked by Yvette from Florida
    09/30/2018
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    Can Boracare be used on treated wood?
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    Boracare should only be used on raw and untreated wood.

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  • Asked by Deb from Mishawaka , In
    03/28/2018
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    In backyard, I have a small bridge over a concrete fish pond that has signs of termite activity.
    I also have a large pergola in the area nearby (with no visible signs.) I will be needing to have parts of the bridge reconstructed. Should I treat these areas for termites now or after construction? What is the best product?
    A

    You need to be very careful about using any kind of termiticide around a body of water that contains fish or other aquatic life since most termiticides could harm the fish. If you are removing the infested pieces of wood, then you may not need any other treatment for active termites. Something you can do is to use a wood treatment on the new wood and any other raw wood on the bridge and/or the pergola. Boracare can be used on raw wood, then once the Boracare is dry, you would want to use a water sealant to protect the treatment. Be sure that you apply the Boracare away from the water so there is no runoff, overspray, etc. into the water.

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  • Asked by Penny from Miami, Fl
    05/25/2016
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    Can an antique pine trunk be treated for termites with Boracare?
    The trunk shows evidence of termite damage around the bracketed feet. It has been waxed over the decades and I understand that Boracare can't penetrate, but will it penetrate through the unstained/unwaxed end grain of the feet where they contact with ground? If so, how far in will the Boracare go?
    A

    Boracare must be applied to raw wood in order for the product to be effective and for it to be absorbed by the wood, so the trunk would have to be sanded if it's painted/stained. If Boracare is only applied to one small area, it would only go up a couple of inches or so. You can use Jecta instead to inject it into the wood, it is a ready to use form of Boracare, but holes must be drilled in order to inject the product into the wood. If these options are not something you want to do because it is an antique, you can speak to an antique dealer for recommendation or have the trunk fumigated by professionals.

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  • Asked by Thomas from Butler, Al
    12/15/2019
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    Can I use Bora-Care as a chemical spray to treat stud walls?
    I built a small storage building and need a spray to treat the stud walls for bugs and rats, do you have this?
    A

    For wood-boring insects you can use Bora-Care to treat the studs. Bora-care does not treat for rodents or for surface pests like roaches, spiders, etc. If sheetrock will be added, you can use Cimexa Dust to leave in the wall voids for other insects, using a duster like the Bellow Hand Duster. For rat control, you can use one of our rat control kits like the Protecta LP Rat Bait Stations with Fastrac Blox to place around on the outside of the structure and seal off any possible entry points.

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  • Asked by Tim from Holden, Ma
    08/11/2019
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    Building a house, and would like to apply the Bora-Care to lumber prior, during construction. How long will the Bora-Care last in the wood?
    A

    When applying Bora-Care to structural wood in the home, you only need to apply the product once. It will last for the life of the wood. If you are applying to exterior wood like a deck, porch, or fence which is exposed to rainfall, then you would either need to use a water sealant after the Boracare is dry, or you would re-apply Boracare after about 3-5 years.

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  • Asked by Sarah from Santa Clara, Ca
    09/04/2018
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    How long after applying Boracare can sheet rock be hung?
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    You will need to wait until the Bora-Care has dried before hanging sheet rock.  Once the wood the Bora-Care was applied to is no longer tacky to the touch, it is dry and sheet rock can be put up. 

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  • Asked by Bob from Midland
    08/29/2017
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    Can I apply Bora-Care to select timbers after I've sprayed them with Timbor Professional and let it dry?
    A

    Anytime you are treating exterior wood you should always use Bora-Care.  It will last longer in the wood than Timbor.  Also, Timbor can leave a powdery residue behind.  Bora-Care dries clear and will look better after finishing the wood with the stain. 

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  • Asked by Jainn from San Mateo Ca
    07/07/2018
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    How can I get rid of Boracare on a surface like floors or walls?
    I have pest control company sprayed boracare in my attic and was told it could get inside my house.If they get on my wood floor, furniture or wall, how can I clean it up? Can I use wet towel or mop to wipe them off?
    A

    If Boracare was used correctly by the pest control company, it would only be on the raw wood surfaces within your attic. If any did somehow get on a floor or wall a rag with hot soapy water or a scrub brush dipped in hot soapy water should remove it. 

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  • Asked by Chris from Foley, Alabama
    10/29/2019
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    Can Bora-Care be used as a stand alone pretreatment for termites in Alabama?
    Is a liquid perimeter required as well as the boracare application?
    A

    While you can do the Bora-Care on the bottom 2 feet of the studs and sill plates as the walls are built, you should do a perimeter treatment as you mentioned for Subterranean termites. Since Alabama is prone to both Subterranean and Drywood termites, we would recommend trenching around the perimeter with a product like Taurus SC. You may view our Subterranean Termite Treatment Guide for more information about trenching.

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  • Asked by Joel from Miami, Florida
    06/08/2014
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    Can I use Bora-Care to fog the inside of wall panels and attics if I program the fogger to produce heavy drops
    Treating flying termites
    A

    Boracare cannot be used in a fogger as it is too thick of a product and will clog nozzles.  Foggers cannot penetrate into the wood to contact the termites so is not a recommended treatment method for termites.  

    Foaming is the preferred method when treating voids. To foam a product you need a poly foamer to apply the foam and our ProFoam Foaming Concentrate which is an expanding liquid you need to mix with the solution.  You would mix the Bora-Care with water in a one gallon poly foamer, then pour in the foaming agent, then mix it all together and pump up the poly foamer.  You are now ready to foam voids.
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  • Asked by Denise from Ventura, Ca
    06/08/2014
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    Is Bora-Care available premixed?
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    Bora-Care does not come ready to use.  We do carry the Jecta.  Jecta has the effectiveness of Bora-Care in a gel form for sealed or hard-to-reach wood.  Jecta is a ready-to-use injectable borate gel used by pest management professionals to protect sealed or inaccessible wood from termites and other wood destroying organisms. It is typically used to reach places where Bora-Care cannot be applied effectively.
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