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  • Asked by Judy from Los Angeles, Ca
    05/10/2014
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    Drywood termites in upholstered armchair.
    Frame of the chair is visible; however the termite infestation is not. Just see the droppings in two areas. No apparent structural damage yet. What to do?
    A
    For furniture your options are limited for treatment. If the wood is in its all natural raw state without any stains or finishes on it you can use a product like Boracare. Boracare will absorb all the way into the wood and eliminate any infestation that is there and last for the life of the wood. It does not stain the wood or leave behind any visible residue, but becomes one with the wood and any insect that ingests it dies. If the furniture has a finish on it, you would either have to drill holes throughout it and inject something like the Boracare or a foam, or the option most go with, hire a company to fumigate it.
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  • Asked by Cynthia from Dana Point, Ca
    02/22/2016
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    What termite control product is safe to use around cats?
    I want to spray my 4 outdoor wood decks to protect against termites (house and decks were completely tented in April 2015.
    A

    Bora-Care is a very safe product and it is considered a green product as well.  Typically, it takes about an hour for the surface of the wood to dry.  After application has dried completely, it should be perfectly fine for children and pets to re-enter the house. Please read the BoraCare product label for complete usage instructions.  Boracare does have to be applied to raw, untreated, unpainted wood.

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  • Asked by Paul from Salem, Or
    01/09/2016
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    Should I plane my boards to a final thickness before treatment with Bora-Care?
    I am getting ready to use some 1" thick oak that has powder post beetles, I need to plane it down to a 3/4" thickness. Should I plane it down and finish sand it before I treat it or can I treat it a few days before I mill it down.
    A

    It would be recommended to complete any sanding/planing before applying Boracare.

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  • Asked by Mark from Chesapeake, Va
    04/28/2017
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    Will Bora-Care prevent carpenter bees from boring into my house?
    A

    No, Boracare is not labeled for carpenter bees.

    For carpenter bees, we would recommend using our Carpenter Bee Kit. It has everything inside of it to do a complete treatment for bees.

    Please also check out our Carpenter Bee Guide for wonderful tips on how to treat and prevent them in the future.

     

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  • Asked by Dana from La Vernia, Texas
    06/11/2018
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    When I spray Bora-care onto the wood, does the wood need to saturated, or a good spray will be fine?
    I live in a mobile home and have recently discovered I have termites. I can not afford to hire an exterminator so I’m going to try and treat them myself. I plan on spraying the inside of my walls along the studs and into them, and along the outside edge of my home and underneath it on the supports.
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    When applying Bora-Care the wood should be thoroughly sprayed, but not until runoff. Be sure the wood you are applying to is in a raw form with no paint on the surface. This product should be applied only to raw wood. Be sure to check out our Termite Guide

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  • Asked by Mary from Wapwallopen, Pa
    04/14/2017
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    Would you recommend using Bora-Care on a log cabin or will it hurt the finish?
    A

    Bora-Care can be applied to log cabins or other wood surfaces that are in its natural form without a finish, varnish, sealant, paint or stain. Otherwise the solution will not penetrate into the wood to target the listed pests.

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  • Asked by John from Fort Bragg, Ca
    07/10/2014
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    can I inject undiluted Boracare into a powderpost beetle hole?
    I don't want to use enough boracare to mix up a batch, just a small syringe full. Or does it need to mix with water even if using a syringe or paitnbrush?
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    Boracare needs to be mixed and diluted with water no matter how much or little you are using. So if you only need a few ounces, mix 1 or 2 ounces of Boracare with 1 or 2 ounces of hot water. As long as you keep the dilution at the correct rate you can mix up as little or as much as needed. 
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  • Asked by Francisco from Az
    03/09/2017
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    Can Bifen XTS be blended with Dominion 2L for drywood termites?
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    Bifen XTS and Dominion 2L should not be mixed for any termite treatments. Neither of these products are a wood treatment product. We do carry Bora-Care for treating wood surfaces. Please take a few moments to review our treatment article on How to Get Rid of Drywood Termites for more information on a successful eradication.

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  • Asked by Spencer from Los Angeles, Ca
    09/04/2011
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    I'm installing an unfinished hardwood floor. Can Bora-Care be used to treat the sub-floor only?
    Do you think spraying Boracare on the raw sub-floor is sufficient to prevent termites or do I need to spray the flooring as well. I don't really want to get the flooring wet. Is there another method?
    A
    Bora-Care can be applied to any raw wood that is not painted, stained or sealed.  It will only prevent termites from entering the wood that it is applied to.  Most of the time termites would have to eat through the sub-floor to get into the hardwood floors above, but there is no 100% guarantee that the termites will enter this way.  Treating the sub-floor would only ensure the termites do not get into the sub-floor.  If you want the hardwood floors protected as well, you should treat those also as long as they are unfinished.  Bora-Care dries on clear and is used for this purpose all of the time, so it is no problem to stain and seal the wood after Bora-Care has been applied.
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  • Asked by Daniel from Columbia Sc
    04/28/2015
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    I have noticed saw dust on my wood fence and assume it is carpenter ants. What do you recommend to treat them?
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    Assuming that you are treating carpenter ants, you can apply Bora-Care to any areas that have an active infestation of powder post beetles, termites or carpenter ants. It will need to be treated at the rate of 1:1 and all other areas where there is no activity can be used 5:1. Once the Boracare has been applied to the fence, you will need to seal/stain/paint it to keep the rain from slowly washing it away over the years. If sealed, the Boracare will last for the life of the wood after application. Please let us know if you have any other questions.
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  • Asked by Ryan from Salt Lake City, Utah
    02/08/2014
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    If I have previously treated wood with TimBor can I subsequently treat with BoraCare?
    I am just wondering if the absorption of the BoraCare will be negatively affected by the previously applied TimBor???
    A
    Yes, you can treat the same wood with the Boracare and the previous treatment with the Timbor will have no effect on the absorption. Both products are borate based and become one with the wood after applied. 
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  • Asked by Emmanuel from Wa
    07/24/2013
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    Can I use Bora-Care on firewood?
    I have a big stack of firewood and I want to prevent those to jump to the near trees. Will the firewood be safe to burn it on the fireplace or wood stove?
    A
    We do not recommend applying Boracare to firewood. Burning any type of insecticide would release the active ingredients into the air. Depending on what you are treating for you could use a granular insecticide like Talstar XTRA up to and around the pile of wood. Please let us know if you have nay further questions.
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  • Asked by Johnny from Lockhart
    02/10/2018
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    Can I put Bora-Care on epoxy?
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    Bora-Care should only be applied to raw wood that does NOT contain epoxy, sealants, varnishes, paints, stains, etc.

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  • Asked by Anonymous from Wa
    07/24/2013
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    Powderpost beetles on live tree
    I noticed powder post beetles on a live tree that I have on my yard, what's the treatment I should do? it seems that using Bora-Care will kill the tree...
    A
    We recommend contacting your Local Cooperative Extension Office and speaking with the Entemologist for a positive identification. Powder POst Beetles only thrive in decaying or dead wood. We do not recommend applying Boracare to live trees it would be very harmful them.
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  • Asked by Stanley
    12/21/2019
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    Can you spray Bora Care on slab on grade unfinished hardwood flooring?
    This would be a floating hardwood floor with a vapor barrier installed over the concrete.
    A

    Yes, Bora-Care can be applied to the unpainted/unstained hardwood flooring.

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  • Asked by Brian from New Orleans
    06/19/2019
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    We have live drywood termites in our second story floor. Can I squeegee Boracare over whole floor?
    Instead of resanding whole floor, wouldn't the Boracare mix seep into the cracks in between the old floor boards? If I needed to resurface I would just replace floor and kill the nest when exposed. Thoughts?
    A

    In order to get the best results, Bora-Care needs to be applied to raw wood and at least one full side of the wood that needs to be treated in order for it to be absorbed, treat and protect the wood. If it’s just squeezed into the cracks and crevices the treatment will not be effective because most of the solution will be left on the painted/stained wood. If you would like to spot treat, then you can spot treat the areas of activity with Jecta, which is a ready to use form of Bora-Care, but you would have to drill into the wood to make the treatment.

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  • Asked by Kenneth from Washington, La
    07/13/2018
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    Can I seal floors after I treat with Boracare?
    It says to not wait longer than three weeks, why? I tear down old building for lumber and very often find that it is infested with-powder post beetles. I would like to treat with Boracare so they can reuse and sand and stain down the road.
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    You can certainly treat any raw lumber with Boracare before it is stored. If it is stored indoors, then you could apply stain, seal, etc. any time after the Boracare application is dry. If the wood is outdoors or otherwise exposed to rainfall, however, then you would need to apply a water sealant within 3 weeks of the Boracare application so that rainfall does not deplete the Boracare residual.

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  • Asked by Will from San Dimas, Ca
    03/26/2015
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    For normal wood fence, should I only spray one side with Boracare?
    Since Bora-Care can penetrate deeply, does that mean I only need to spray one side of the fence?
    A
    For best penetration and protection it is recommended by the manufacturer to treat all 4 sides of the wood with Boracare ensure complete treatment of the wood.
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  • Asked by Pgw from Houston, Tx
    03/20/2018
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    Do I need to spray all sides of studs for the Boracare to Work?
    We flooded from Hurricane Harvey. All my walls are open. Is it enough to just spray the inside or do I need to try to get the spray on the backside/ side facing the brick?
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    It is recommended to apply Boracare to all sides of the wood for best results. 

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  • Asked by Terry from Bumpass, Va
    04/29/2016
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    How many gallons of Boracare would I need to treat 1,000 sq feet of exterior cedar siding?
    I have a carpenter bee larvae problem. Woodpeckers have pecked 11 holes in my house to get to them. Would spraying this product on my cedar siding solve my problem?
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    We would recommend using two gallons of Boracare. This product will generally treat about 500 square feet. 

    Boracare is not labeled for carpenter bees. A dust, such as Delta Dust, would be an excellent option in the holes. It will make it uninhabitable for the bees to live.  

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