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.
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.
No, Bora-Care cannot be used on wood with bark still on it. The bark needs to be stripped from the wood because it will not allow Bora-Care to be absorbed into the wood.
Boracare is not meant to be used as soil treatment product and should not be used in that way. Boracare is only labeld to treat termites, wood destroying insects, powderpost beetles on raw undtreated wood. For preventative treatments, mix at 5:1 ratio and 1:1 ratio for active treatments.
Termidor SC is the best product for soil barrier treatments and will last 10 years in the soil. Please take a look at Termite Control Articles here and How To Do Your Own Termite Treatment Article for more detailed information.
No, Boracare will not affect the romex wiring when applied to raw wood. The rate is 1:1 for an active infestation.
Wood just needs to be dry before applying Bora-Care. It can take up to 48 hours for it to dry after application. It should dry clear when mixed as directed and would not affect stain once dry.
Bora-Care can be sprayed in a non-ventilated area but we do recommend wearing a respirator mask in that case.If there is a humidity issue already, we recommend fixing that problem first with a Dehumidifier if the situation calls for one. If there is a risk of mold, you can treat first with Bora-Care, at a 1:1 ratio, and after at least 48 hours you can treat with Bora-Care with Mold-Care, at a 5:1 ratio, to treat or prevent mold.
We sell the product Boracare and are happy to assist you with ordering and using that product. We are unable to offer advice on how to create or manufacture chemicals.
For any left over mixture of Bora-Care, we recommend that you contact your local city or county sanitation department for proper disposal instructions in your area as they can vary. Your brush can be washed with soap and water or you can dispose of it as well.
Bora-Care would be the best product to apply to the raw wood. It will penetrate at least 4 inches into the wood and last the lifetime of the wood. Dilute at a 1:1 ratio.
Bora-Care is an insecticide used for treating wood boring insects and is meant to be applied to raw wood. It is not labeled for use on turf grass. If Bora-Care was accidentally applied to your lawn it will most likely kill it. Borate, Boracare's active ingredient, kills plant life, including grass, trees and shrubs.
Yes, Bora-Care can be applied either by spraying or painting with a brush onto the unpainted/raw wood surface.
Once Bora-Care has dried completely on the raw, unfinished wood, you can seal, stain or paint with whatever product you would like. There are no restrictions on what you can use once the product is dry.
When using Bora-care for raw wood applications, you can handle the wood for cutting and turning it into whatever you intend it to be once the wood has dried. This can often take anywhere from just a few hours, to a couple of days, based on how heavy you applied it, and how thick the wood was to provide time for full absorption.