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How to Use Bora-Care Borate Wood Treatment

By DoMyOwn staff

BORA-CARE uses an active ingredient called borate and is one of the best Wood Destroying Fungus and Termite Control products on the market.

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Boracare is a unique borate-based product that provides prevention and control for Termites, Carpenter Ants, Powderpost Beetles and Decay Fungi.  Boracare can be used on most unfinished or raw wood including plywood, particleboard, and wood structural components.  Boracare can also be used to prevent subterranean termites from forming tubes on surface such as concrete, block, brick, metals, and PVC plumbing pipes found in structures.  Boracare can be used at a 1:1 or 1:5 Bora Care to Water ration depending on the job at hand.  Please refer to the product label for the correct usage rate for your specific needs.  Boracare should be mixed with hot water in a bucket until it is thoroughly dispersed in the water. Boracare should never be mixed directly in sprayers as the product is very thick and will clog the sprayer if it is not premixed in hot water.  Boracare can be applied as a spray using a hand pump sprayer, as a foma using a foamer and a foaming additive, or it can be painted on with a roller when needed.  

Indoors, Boracare can be applied on infested wood, wooden elements of furniture, wood floors, and stud walls.  Apply Boracare until surfaces are saturated, but not to the point of runoff.  Use Boracare in a well-ventilated area, or use a respirator during application in confined locations such as crawl spaces or attics. 

Outdoors, all raw wooden elements such as fenceposts, decks, and new wooden siding can be treated.  Do not apply within 48 hours of rain or snow.  For elements that will be exposed to rain and sunlight, wait at least 48 hours for Boracare to dry before painting, staining, or sealing with a water resistant product.  All exposed wood needs to be sealed within six weeks for Boracare to remain effective.     

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