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Walt Cline - Pest Control Professional Pro Tip: "Boracare dries clear, so adding a little Alligare Super Marking Dye (about 1oz per 3 gallons) to the mix will make it easy to see where you have already sprayed. I would mix it in a separate container using hot water and then use a pump sprayer. Make sure you only use dye on the wood that you don't mind if it has a blue tint like in a crawl space or attic areas. Once you mix Boracare, use it the same day.
If you have just a small area to cover and do not need to use the whole gallon of Boracare, Penashield by Nisus will provide that solution. Boracare will cover an average of 500 square feet, Penashield will cover an average of 200 square feet. Penashield works like Boracare, to protect wood against wood destroying insects and organisms.
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Boracare is an odorless liquid borate based insecticide-termiticide-fungicide that diffuses deeply into wood. BoraCare is a liquid borate in a glycol solution, allowing a deeper penetration than another borate such as Timbor. BoraCare will last for the life of the wood, so retreatment is not necessary.


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Bora Care Treatment Kills Wood Destroying Insects

Boracare is an insecticide, termiticide and fungicide concentrate used to combat Termites, Powderpost Beetles, Carpenter Ants and Decay Fungi.

Boracare is used as a treatment to untreated wood. Boracare as a termite killer is not applied to the soil, but used as a treatment of cellouse material (wood based material) directly. Boracare may be used for new construction as a termite treatment. Spray the bottom two feet of studs and framework with a compressed air sprayer. Consult label for complete application instructions.

Boracare vs Timbor

BoraCare is in a thick glycol solution; the glycol permits a deeper penetration than other borates such as Timbor. BoraCare will last for the life of the wood, so retreatment is not necessary.

Bora Care Treats Decay Fungi ( Not Mold )

It also has a label against Decay Fungi, but to prevent mold, use the Boracare with Mold-Care.

No Insect Resistance

Boracare with borate salts work by taking advantage of a unique feature in the biology of termites, ants and other insects. If ingested by ants, beetles or termites, the insect becomes unable to extract nutrition from its food and starves to death. And because of this unique mode of action, insects cannot develop a resistance.

Applications and Yield

Bora Care is mixed 1:1 to 5:1 depending on insect and thickness of wood and target pest. See Boracare Dilution Tables for more details.

Yield: One gallon of finished (diluted product) will treat and average of 500 sq feet of wood surface. A handy tool when applying Boracare is to use a tempory marking dye such as Alligare Marking Dye that will help you monitor spray applications (Use just a little).

Clck Here: Boracare- FAQ-More Information

Additional Information

Additional Information

Pro Tips Boracare dries clear, so adding a little Alligare Super Marking Dye (about 1oz per 3 gallons) to the mix will make it easy to see where you have already sprayed. I would mix it in a separate container using hot water and then use a pump sprayer. Make sure you only use dye on the wood that you don't mind if it has a blue tint like in a crawl space or attic areas. Once you mix Boracare, use it the same day.
If you have just a small area to cover and do not need to use the whole gallon of Boracare, Penashield by Nisus will provide that solution. Boracare will cover an average of 500 square feet, Penashield will cover an average of 200 square feet. Penashield works like Boracare, to protect wood against wood destroying insects and organisms.
Packaging gallon
Manufacturer Nisus
Product Label Label
SDS MSDS
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Target Pest

Termites, Powderpost beetles,
carpenter ants and decaying fungi.

Boracare prevents reinfestation, kills powderpost beetles and their larva, Anobiid beetles, Old House Borers and stops Carpenter ant damage.

Active Ingredient (s) Disodium Octaborate Tetrahydrate - 40%
For Use :

Where To Treat Boracare

Bora-Care may be used in treating cellulosic materials such as wood, plywood, oriented strand board (OSB), paper, cardboard and wood composites. Boracare may be used on natural untreated wood. Excellent for pre-construction of decks, fence posts or any other wood surfaces that make contact with the soil. Provides protection for the life of the wood. Indoor and outdoor use. It's the best insurance you can buy for wood destroying insects and organisms

New Construction: Boracare may be used for new construction as a termite treatment. Spray the bottom two feet of studs and framework with a compressed air sprayer. Consult label for complete application instructions.

 

How To Apply Boracare

Boracare is not labeled for fogging, but may be sprayed, brushed or foamed onto wood surfaces and voids. It needs to be untreated wood for boracare to penetrate.

*Tip : Boracare is best mixed with warm or hot water as a pre mix. Pre mixing in a bucket will facilitate mixing easier.

 

What To Expect

Boracare dries clear, there is no film left on the wood. For the first couple of days, the wood will appear darker as it waits to dry.

Boracare is designed to treat the termites' food source - wood and other cellulosic materials. Boracare works by depositing an active ingredient in the wood which will not decompose or vaporize like many other pesticides. This means that it will keep providing a broad spectrum protection with little impact on our environment.

Children and Pets : Wood treated with Boracare is non-toxic to humans and animals.

Yield On average, the finished Boracare solution covers 500 square feet .
Mixture|Application Bora Care is mixed 1:1 to 2:1 depending on insect and thickness of wood. Boracare Dilution Tables below for more details.
Application

Boracare Technical Bulletins

 

Retreatment BoraCare will last for the life of the wood, so retreatment is not necessary.
Shipping Restrictions NY
More Instructions

Notes for Powderpost Beetles and Boracare Application

  • Powderpost Beetles may have adults emerging from treated wood up to a year, due to their life cycles.
  • If the wood is too dry (less than 15%), depth of penetration with the Boracare may only occur to the top 1/4 inch. To solve this, spray the wood first with water to increase moisture.
Reviews

Customer Reviews 15 item(s)

Awesome!
Had a hickory tree milled up after having to take it down because beetles killed it. After a lot of research, I settled on boracare to treat all the hickory lumber as part of the stack and sticker process to dry it. It worked great!!!! I ran out of it and had a small separate stack of untreated lumber. When I got more boracare to finish stacking, I inspected both stacks. Absolutely no signs of beetle activity in treated stack. And because it lasts forever, I'll never worry about beetles in my flooring!!
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Review by Kitkat / (Posted on 6/26/2017)
Very satisfied.
Cut 2 pine logs this week, infestation completly nonexistence thanks
to BoraCare. Will spray the remaining pine logs this week.
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Review by littletimothy / (Posted on 5/17/2015)
Treaty older logs in historic cabin
I find that Bora-care is an easy to use product. Working with warm water I mix 1:1 solutions of water and Bora-Care and brush the product on locations where decay is anticipated or thought to be likely. I am also able to pour or squirt bora-care into checks and holes in the logs to flood area after scraping and blowing them out with compressed air. I recommend that clients follow up with periodic applications of Timbor where the weather will not effect that product.
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Review by Logdoc / (Posted on 5/12/2015)
Powderpost Beetles
The only reason I put a 3 star was because I was asked to write a review after one week. Not really enough time to give a good analysis. But so far so good. We have a severe infestation that has became worst over the last few years. NOTHING worked. Even tried a product from Permachink that left a sticky residue on the wall. The following spring the cabin was infested again.
We did a test... one wall with Polyurethane, one with BoraCare and one with nothing.
The Polyurethane is messy, has horrible fumes, and is very tedious! That is out LAST resort.
- - So far the BoraCare is working and NO sticky residue and absolutely no odor. I will post again in a few weeks to give further information...
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Review by whooops61 / (Posted on 9/24/2014)
Great product and great advise
In San Jose CA with drywood termites Read mixed reviews on Orange Oil and other methods. Tenting is not an option in this condo unit. .affected area has unpainted side of wood easily accessible in garage area, so job was made much easier. I have used DIY in past and have always appreciated their helpful advise and input., and that led me to BoraCare. Glad I took the advise to use hot water to mix, very helpful. Garden Spayer worked excellent. Thought about brushing, glad I did not do that. The mixture absobed fully into the wood and you can't even tell it's been treated. Only been a few weeks since I've used it, but no indication of active infestation in that area now.
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Review by Ken / (Posted on 8/14/2014)
Boracare
I have used this product for years and once you treat interior wood you never have to do it again. The trick is to use a fog sprayer and let it soak in. I have done our whole house along with our son's house and it works great for above ground termites. I am currently doing my daughter's house. The trick is to properly mix with water. I use a five gallon bucket and a drill with an impeller blade. Make sure it is mixed before you spray. I like a 3 to 1 ratio.
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Review by JR / (Posted on 6/13/2014)
Great Customer Service
I applied BoraCare to plain yellow pine lumber for raised vegetable garden beds since I didn't want to build them with conventionally treated lumber because of the potential toxins. BoraCare was very easy to apply. I used a roller instead of spraying it on. Since it has only been a month, I have no idea whether the BoraCare is serving its intended purpose of protecting the wood against termites and decay. However, the customer service provided by Don at Do-It-Yourself Pest Control was outstanding! I will definitely order from this company again.
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Review by Ed / (Posted on 5/1/2014)
I think it works if mixed and used correctly
I just used this years purchase of Bora Care on the walking stick stock I cut last month. I won't know until Oct if it did indeed prevent powder post beetle infestation in this years stock.

The last I used may not have had enough Bora Care to do the job as I really needed. So I did have some damage from the pests. It was hit or miss on last years stock some damaged some not. Hopefully no damage this year.
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Review by 41 Ironman / (Posted on 2/28/2014)
I would recommend this product
I would recommend this. We had active termites about 2 months ago, now we see no sign of activity. the product states: Boracare with borate salts work by taking advantage of a unique feature in the biology of termites, ants and other insects. If ingested by ants, beetles or termites, the insect becomes unable to extract nutrition from its food and starves to death. And because of this unique mode of action, insects cannot develop a resistance.
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Review by MY / (Posted on 2/26/2014)
excellent stuff
After lots of research i ordered boracare, i know it's the best thing out there for numerous reasons - take my word for it or research it yourelf. Got it super quick and applied without a hitch....
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Review by shenandoah log home owner / (Posted on 12/13/2013)
Great stuff
Had a pest control company come out to check house & the technician said I'll probably never see him again. That's fine by me an admission of how good the product is yeah.
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Review by B / (Posted on 11/15/2013)
Treatment and prevention of powder post beetles
PPB debris appeared in our new pre finished oak flooring in a few spots and within a week or so many more holes appeared. We got a couple different treatment options from different exterminators and decided to go with having the infested flooring and all the boards contiguous removed and replaced. The house is new so the builder took responsibility even though he had never seen such a thing before. I used the Boracare in a 1:3 mix to treat the edges of all the exposed flooring and treat the sides and bottoms of the new flooring before installation. I also used a mop and squeege to spread a 1:4 Boracare solution over the entire floor of the house where the infestation occurred. I plan to do the other floors as well. So far we have had no new holes appear however we remain very vigilant. I appreciate the technical assistance I got from DIY and the prompt service. I will not hesitate to recommend them to anyone who comes across these destructive insects.
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Review by Bill / (Posted on 10/24/2013)
Did the job
I uses the recommended marking dye because I could not see where I was spraying, and it really helped. It is a little sticky, and I didn;t want to get it on anything that wasn't wood.
Overall, I was very pleased with the product and help that I got from Ken at DIY.
Side note: I didn't clean my sprayer out immediately....and the next day there were crystals in it....So .....clean your sprayer out.


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Review by David / (Posted on 5/23/2013)
I really appreciated not only saving money, but expert advice.
I used a 1:1 ratio and it was thick, but took care of the the dry wood termites to the bare wood, facia boards, joists and rafters. I saved tons of money, and Do It Yourself walked me through the whole thing. I really appreciated not only saving money, but expert advice.
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Review by Ken / (Posted on 5/23/2013)
application
I hope this stuff works because it was not a lot of fun to put out. If
you are spraying it above you make sure it does not drip on you. The
tech told me it could take up to a year to kill the powder post beetles.
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Review by Nick / (Posted on 2/3/2013)

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