BoraCare Termite Treatment
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BoraCare Termite Treatment

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BoraCare Termite Treatment

Bora-Care is a unique borate-based termiticide, insecticide and fungicide product that provides prevention and control against termites, wood-destroying beetles, carpenter ants, and decay fungi for up to 30 years.
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Manufactured by Nisus Corporation, Bora-Care is a borate salt-based treatment product that is designed to treat wood in order to protect against termites, carpenter ants, powder post beetles, and decay fungi. Bora-Care can be mixed and sprayed on most unfinished or raw wood including plywood, particleboard, and wood structural components to protect against wood-destroying insects.

Bora-Care's active ingredient works by essentially manipulating the metabolic functions of target pests so that they are unable to pull nutrition from the food they consume (namely wood) and, as a result, they die from starvation.

Bora-Care can also be used to on surfaces such as concrete, block, brick, metals, and PVC plumbing pipes found in structures to prevent subterranean termites from forming tubes. It is ideal for preventative protection and carries a long-lasting residual, protecting treated wood against insect infestations for up to 30 years.

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Tools Needed

To use Bora-Care, you will need a bucket to mix the product with a paddle mixer, and a means of applying the product such as a backpack sprayer or a pump sprayer. As a foam application, we recommend that you use a foaming applicator and foaming additive (ProFoam Foaming Concentrate). Refer to label for other application information. For DIY Home treatments, we recommend that you use a 1-gallon Solutions Pump-Sprayer.

How to Use

Step 1: To figure out how much Bora-Care you need, you will need to determine the size of the treatment area. Measure the linear feet of all exterior walls, interior walls and areas you wish to treat. Most commonly, homes use 2x4, 2x6 or 2x8 studs on their walls. 1 gallon of diluted Bora-Care will cover 600 lineal feet for 2x4 studs, 400 lineal feet for 2x6 and 308 lineal feet for 2x8. Linear feet is simply the length of the measurement (6 linear feet = 6 total feet).

To treat wood flooring, side panels and plywood you will need to measure the square footage by multiplying length x width. For example, 1 gallon of diluted Bora-Care will treat 1,600 square feet of 1/4 siding.

For preventative wood-destroying insect and fungi treatments, you will need to mix Bora-Care at a 5:1 ratio (5 gallons of water to 1 gallon of Bora-Care). For remedial treatments, mix Bora-Care at a 1:1 ratio (1 gallon of water to 1 gallon of Bora-Care).

Step 2: In a bucket of HOT water, pour in Bora-Care while at the same time using a paddle mixer on a power drill to mix the viscous liquid until it has the consistency of water. Once it has been thoroughly mixed, carefully pour the finished product into your sprayer. 

Step 3: You will want to spray the product evenly onto the exposed, unfinished wood. Apply Bora-Care until the surfaces are wet but not to the point of runoff. We recommend using a fan spray setting to get nice even coverage. In some cases, you will need to apply a second coat of Bora-Care after the 1st coat has dried (which should take 20 minutes of wait time according to the label) if the wood has only 1 or 2 exposed sides. Typically, you are going to want to spray 2 to 3 feet up the stud walls and along the baseboard as most wood-destroying insects invade from the ground up.

Step 4: For elements that will be exposed to rain and sunlight, wait at least 48 hours for Bora-Care to dry for painting, staining, or ceiling with a water-resistant product. All exposed wood needs to be sealed within 6 weeks for Bora-Care to remain effective.

Where to Use

Bora-Care can be used around Residential, Institutional and Commercial Structures including Homes, Apartments, Garages, Museums, Public and Private Institutions, Schools, Hotels, Hospitals, Kennels, Stables, Farm Buildings, Trucks, Trailers, Warehouses and Non-Food Areas of Supermarkets, Restaurants and Food Processing Plants. You can apply Bora-Care on raw, wooden elements such as fence posts, decks, and new wooden siding, furniture and wooden surfaces inside and outside to prevent or control termites, algae and fungi.

When To Use

Use Bora-Care when you are experiencing a termite infestation in your home and have found damaged wood. Bora-Care should be used supplementally as you should also address the subterranean termite infestation with a termiticide. Bora-Care can also be used as a preventative against labeled pests.

Safety Information

Bora-Care is safe to use when applied according to label directions. Be sure to use the proper PPE (gloves, protective eyewear, long sleeve clothing, and safety mask) before mixing and applying Bora-Care. Wear a respirator in areas that are not well ventilated, such as attics or crawl spaces.

Bora-Care is toxic to fish and wildlife; do not apply to water and prevent drift and runoff into water and sensitive areas. Bora-Care is also not labeled for use food processing plants, where food is prepared, or in serving areas. 

Special Considerations

Bora-Care should be mixed with hot water and in a bucket until it is thoroughly dispersed in the water. Bora-Care should never be mixed directly into the sprayer as the product is very thick and will clog the sprayer if it is not pre-mixed with hot water.

It is also important to thoroughly clean your sprayer after use as any leftover product in the sprayer will harden and crystallize as it cools, clogging and damaging the sprayer. 

AvailabilityIn Stores, Online
Restricted UseNo
Shipping Restrictions1 Gallon: AK, CA, CT, HI, IN, MI, NY, OR, RI, SC, VT, WA
BrandNISUS
Keith's Pro Tips"It's recommended to use a marking dye when spraying wood with Boracare to help you keep track of where you have sprayed the mixture."
Product DrawbacksBoracare crystalize or hardens when it dries or cools down. Keep the water hot to prevent this issue. It is not meant for soil or trench treatments.
Target Pestscarpenter ants, decay fungi, drywood termites, Formosan termites, subterranean termites, and wood-destroying beetles.
Application EquipmentBackpack Sprayer, Gloves, Pump Sprayer, Respirator Mask
Application MethodsCrack & Crevice, Drench Treatment, Injection
Active IngredientDisodium Octaborate Tetrahydrate (Borate) 40%
Product TypeInsecticide
FormulationEmulsifiable Concentrate (EC)
Application RateSubterranean & Formosan Termites 1:1 - 2:1, Drywood Termites 1:1, 2:1 or 5:1, Anobiid & Lyctid Powderpost Beetles 1:1, 2:1 or 5:1, Old House Borers, Longhorn Beetles, and Ambrosia Beetles 1:1 or 5:1, Carpenter Ants 1:1, 2:1 or 5:1, Fungi (Rot) and Algae 1:1, 3:1, or 5:1 For more specific application rates please refer to the label.
Shelf LifeBora-Care may last up to two years when stored properly in a cool, dry space.
YieldOne gallon of diluted Bora-Care will typically cover 600 linear feet of 2x4 stud wall and 1,600 square feet of panels, siding and plywood.
Use SitesIndoors, Outdoors
Time to KillBora-Care can take up to 90 days depending on the infestation if there is current activity.
Comparable ProductsTim-Bor
Incompatible Home SidingBrick, Hardie Plank, Stone Veneer, Wood, Vinyl
EPA Registration #64405-1
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5/12/23
Julian Riffin
Verified Buyer
Found a little section of wood in my attic with drywood termites so I treaded the entire attic with BoraCare, I also injected termidor foam into that section now I am getting ready to treat behind my walls and studs with BoraCare??
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4/4/23
Wilson Wong
Verified Buyer
Awesome product for untreated wood on drywood termites. Affordable, easy to mix and use. To early to see results but have confidence on a future report
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2/16/23
Randall Boston
Verified Buyer
Great product
I used this product for the first time as a preventive termite measure on my son's new home . All we can do now is wait and see ! No problem at all to mix and spray and the odor was not bad at all.
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1/2/23
Ivan Hernandez
Verified Buyer
I like the 30 year térmite protección
Easy instructions to read good product easy to mix and easy to clean the pump after use the product
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12/23/22
Darren H.
Verified Buyer
Fast efficient shipping. Hope it keeps the powderpost beetles away
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11/24/22
Larry Rupprecht
Verified Buyer
No insect damage!
Started sawing hardwood logs to lumber about 10 years ago. Have been in woodworking as a hobbiest carpenter and cabinet/furniture maker for almost 70 years, all in SE MN. Had never seen fresh insect boring until the second morning on the bandsaw mill. Rearranged the lumber stacks from previous day's work and noticed piles of frass on top of the boards. Google search identified the culprit as powder post beetles and most recommendations were to treat with boric acid. Research into various products led to identify those using glycol chemistry had the best penetration and residual effects. After 10 years and about 10,000 board feet through our mill, I won't argue with the success we've had using Bora-Care.
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1/8/22
Ron M.
Verified Buyer
Only Product Of It's Kind
I've scanned professional pest control sites looking for any other product that stops active termite infestations and found nothing. I did find the professionals were using BoraCare, however. That was gd enough for me. We've got a 1927 era house which is very laborious to repair as the wood used is all nominal sizes, quite different from lumber available today. That said, it is always in my best interest to deal with specific areas of infestation as they manifest themselves rather than redoing framing. So far, on bottom plates, framing, roof joists, window sills, every application has halted the infestation.
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9/27/21
Amy Reed
Verified Buyer
I love this stuff. It is a little expensive but I have found that one gallon goes a long way.
I've used this on some ash that I had used on three walls in a bedroom. After having the ash up for a week I noticed powder dust piles and holes in the wood and seen some powder post beetles. I looked on the internet for a remedy and found Boracare. It promised to stop the beetles. I took all the boards off the wall, which was a big hassle, and proceeded to apply three coats to the back side of the boards with a small paint roller and I also sprayed down the 2x4's in the room twice. I left the boards in the garage for a month so the Bora are had time to penetrate all the way through the wood and every week for a month I would set off a bug bomb in the garage to make sure any live beetles die. I now have the wood back up on the wall and it's has been almost three weeks and I haven't seen any sign of beetles.
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6/20/20
joe hoffman
Verified Buyer
removed damaged wood painted product on new wood slats and old sill and studs , no more termites.
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5/25/20
Shelley H.
Verified Buyer
Oily
easy to use.. dont know if it works, yet..value was high.. safe to use.. and didnt realize it was going to leave an oily residue all over the floor, and everything else, since I had to spray up into the rafters.
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More Information
Restricted Use No
Shipping Restrictions AK, CA, CT, HI, IN, MI, NY, OR, RI, SC, VT, WA
Availability In Stores, Online
Signal Word CAUTION
Keith's Pro Tip "It's recommended to use a marking dye when spraying wood with Boracare to help you keep track of where you have sprayed the mixture."
Target Pests Multi Ambrosia Beetle, Anobiid Beetles, Carpenter Ants, Dampwood Termites, Drywood Termites, Formosan Termites, Longhorned Beetles, Lyctid Beetles, Old House Borer Beetle, Powder Post Beetle, Subterranean Termites, Wood Borers, Wood-Infesting Beetles, Brown Rot, Decay_Fungi, Dry Rot, Fungi Rot, White Rot, Wood Decay, Algae
Time to Kill Bora-Care can take up to 90 days depending on the infestation if there is current activity.
Chemical Type Insecticide
Formulation Emulsifiable Concentrate (EC)
Application Methods Crack & Crevice, Drench Treatment, Injection
Product Drawbacks Boracare crystalize or hardens when it dries or cools down. Keep the water hot to prevent this issue. It is not meant for soil or trench treatments.
Active Ingredient Disodium Octaborate Tetrahydrate (Borate) 40%
Application Equipment Backpack Sprayer, Gloves, Pump Sprayer, Respirator Mask
Mix Rate Subterranean & Formosan Termites 1:1 - 2:1, Drywood Termites 1:1, 2:1 or 5:1, Anobiid & Lyctid Powderpost Beetles 1:1, 2:1 or 5:1, Old House Borers, Longhorn Beetles, and Ambrosia Beetles 1:1 or 5:1, Carpenter Ants 1:1, 2:1 or 5:1, Fungi (Rot) and Algae 1:1, 3:1, or 5:1 For more specific application rates please refer to the label.
Low Use Rate 64 oz./1,000 sq. ft.
High Use Rate 320 oz./1,000 sq. ft.
Use Sites Indoors, Outdoors
Yield One gallon of diluted Bora-Care will typically cover 600 linear feet of 2x4 stud wall and 1,600 square feet of panels, siding and plywood.
EPA Registration No. 64405-1
Shelf Life Bora-Care may last up to two years when stored properly in a cool, dry space.
Comparable Products Tim-Bor
Children or pets? No
Property Characteristics None
Questions and Answers
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  1. Q:Does this work to kill mold in basements?
    1/1/24
    A:For complete mold control in your basement, we recommend following along closely with this DIY guide. https://www.solutionsstores.com/mold-remediation

    Amanda Chavez

    1/2/24
    Certified Buyer
  2. Q:Is it safe for using if I have indoor/outdoor pets, namely dogs and cats?
    9/4/22
    A:BoraCare Termite Treatment can be used indoors and outdoors, but all pets should be removed and kept out of the treatment area until dry.

    Amanda Chavez

    9/6/22
    Certified Buyer
  3. Q:Is this product odorless?
    7/1/21
    A:It has a mild laundry detergent type smell during application. After it dries, I do not smell anything.

    Michael Lantz

    7/2/21
    Certified Buyer
  4. Q:Thank I have red oak mites and lots of pecky wood cypress through out the house. Eating house boracare says doesn't kill them what will? I call them alien bug. Desperate.
    3/27/21
  5. Q:Bora care electrical wires , will it hurt them?
    2/22/21
    A:I have used Bora Care in my attic spraying the wood and electrical wires as well. I did this in 2018 so it's been awhile and things have been fine.

    Henry Blattel

    2/22/21
    Certified Buyer
  6. Q:Getting ready to make a table out of butcher block. Can this be applied to the table top? After about week, does it have a residue left to it that would make it not so fun to do office work on?
    2/19/21
    A:Structural wood that I have used this product on has a glossy appearance afterward, which I presume to be crystallization of the solids after the liquid vehicle dries. If your tabletop is to be occasionally cleaned (e.g., with soap and water), the BoraCare may not hold up to that kind of cleaning. If the product label doesn't specifically say it's appropriate for furniture, personally I wouldn't use it for this application.

    John Brauer

    2/19/21
    Certified Buyer
  7. Q:how bad does it smell?
    10/27/20
    A:It's nearly odorless - the smell is NOTHING compared to solvent-based preservatives.

    John Brauer

    10/27/20
    Certified Buyer
  8. Q:I want to use Boracare to treat drywood termites below the wood floor on the 2nd floor. I could see several small holes on the floor and some holes had frass around them. I also saw termite swarmers in that bed room. In this case I think I have to use Boracare in the foam form after I drilled holes on the floor. I have two questions: 1. Because I can't see where joists are, should I just fill up the area blindly between the ceiling of the first floor and the wood floor of the 2nd floor by using holes on the 2nd floor? That could be a lot of foam. 2. What kind of pump I have to buy to make this kind of foam from Borecare?
    10/25/20
    A:I am sorry, we only used the liquid spray or brush on. I used it for rough cut lumber on a drying rack.

    Janet plasha

    10/26/20
    Certified Buyer
  9. Q:I am building a new home. The exterior is live edge white pine. I am wanting to pretreat the siding prior to putting a sealer on it. 1st Question - Does this product prevent or reduce carpenter bees? 2nd Question - Does this product discolor or change the color of the wood? 3rd Question - Will treating the white pine with product first adversely effect the sealer I plan to use. It is a water based sealer. Seal-Once Nano-Poly.
    9/3/20
  10. Q:I have powder post beetles I live in a stained Log Cabin possibly could I use the bora care on the inside logs to help prevent them from eating the outside same log,q same location?
    7/18/20
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