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Spencer from Los Angeles, Ca writes

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?


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.

Answer last updated on: 09/04/2011

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