Bora-Care is a concentrated termiticide, insecticide and fungicide treatment that can be applied to all wood during the dried-in phase of construction. When applied, it diffuses into the wood and remains there for the life of the wood. Termites cannot consume, live in or tube over treated wood. Treatment also provides protection against wood decay, carpenter ants and wood boring beetles. In areas where termite pretreatments are necessary, Bora-Care can be used as a replacement for soil termiticides. Instead of creating a thin barrier of toxic chemicals in the soil, Bora-Care uses the structure itself to prevent infestations. Bora-Care’s active ingredient is a borate mineral salt that is no more toxic than table salt (in laboratory settings). Once applied to wood, Bora-Care diffuses into the wood and remains in the wood for the life of the wood, providing long-term protection.
What does the Research Say?
More than 1,000,000 effectively treated homes can’t be wrong.
More than 1,000,000 effectively treated homes can’t be wrong. Twelve years of efficacy studies to determine Bora-Care’s ability to prevent termites and other wood-eating insects have shown that Bora-Care eliminates wood as a food source for termites. In addition, hundreds of studies have confirmed the effectiveness of borates as a preservative, including more than 40 studies confirming its wood-protecting power.
Studies have shown that just a 2% weight loss from wood decay can reduce the wood strength by as much as 50%. Bora-Care kills and prevents wood decay fungi.
Benefits of Specifying Bora-Care
- Soil termiticides can cause CPVC plumbing pipes to leak. Bora-Care is the first termiticide listed as chemically compatible with Noveon piping systems. Bora-Care replaces old-fashioned soil termiticides and has been found to be compatible with the CPVC materials of FlowGuard Gold®, BlazeMaster®, and Corzan® pipe and fittings. FGG/BM® System Compatible indicates that this product has been tested and is monitored on an ongoing basis to assure chemical compatibility. In addition, Bora-Care will not corrode metal fasteners, fittings or nails.
- The Sustainable Green Solution. With soil termiticides there is always the concern of chemicals leaching into a nearby water source. The chemicals used in soil termiticides are showing up in trace amounts lakes, rivers and aquifers. Bora-Care can be used on lakeside homes where soil termiticides may be prohibited because when you pretreat the wood and concrete with Bora-Care, that’s ALL you treat and the treatment provides residual protection for years. Studies show that soil termiticides begin to lose their effectiveness within the first year. This means a structure will require many treatments during the life of the structure.
- Residential builders are saving a full day of cycle time by switching to Bora-Care pretreats. Builders love Bora-Care because it eliminates the need to coordinate schedules between cement companies and pest management professionals (PMPs). With old style soil termiticides, the application must be made after the footers are dug and before the concrete is poured, which is usually a very tight window of time. Bora-Care is applied anytime during the dried-in phase of construction.
- Bora-Care eliminates weather delays. Traditional soil treatments require application to dry ground. Bora-Care is applied directly to the wood and concrete on walls, subfloors, sill plates, piers and expansion joints, as well as around pipe chases and plumbing during the dried-in stage of construction. Weather is simply not a factor.
- Bora-Care eliminates the need for crews to leave the job site. In traditional soil pretreatments, workers are required by law to leave the site during application and stay away until the application is completed. With Bora-Care, the builders’ crews can keep right on working.
- HUD allows Bora-Care treatments. The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) 99-A form allows wood treatments with EPA registered products such as Bora-Care, a primary termite treatment for new home construction.
- Efficacy tests show proven results. Research from a 12-year study by the USDA Forest Service and Mississippi State University’s Forest Products Laboratory showed wood treated with Bora-Care stopped termite attacks and prevented subterranean termites from tubing over treated wood. In addition, tests conducted at Louisiana State University have shown that Bora-Care applied to concrete surfaces will prevent Formosan termite tubing. Treated wood is also protected against carpenter ants, old house borers, powderpost beetles and decay fungi.
- International building code. Bora-Care has been evaluated for use under the International Building Code and the International Residential Code. Bora-Care meets the sill plate end-cut requirements set by building codes and the American Wood-Preservers’ Association (AWPA M4).
- Excavation and landscaping do not affect the treatment. Leaky water lines, improper drainage and even the landscaping process can break a soil termiticide barrier, rendering soil pretreatments ineffective by the time the house is complete. With Bora-Care, you’re treating the wood, and once again, a problem is eliminated.
For Protection against subterranean Termites
A 1+1 solution of water and Bora-Care is applied by the pest control company in a 2-foot band around the home to prevent infesations by subterranean termites. The structure is sprayed with a continuous two foot barrier wherever the home comes into contact with the foundation. Additionally, plumbing and other foundation penetrations, concrete and bath traps are also treated.
For Drywood termites and Wood Decay
The pest control company can apply a 5+1 solution of water and Bora-Care to all structural wood to protect against drywood termites, wood decay and other insects.
Green Building Advantages
Treatments with Bora-Care can qualify a builder for the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) points under sections 2.2.7 and 2.2.8. Other green building programs offer similar point systems.
Bora-Care at a Glance
- Saves builders 1 cycle day during construction
- Fastest growing termite pretreatment in the U.S.
- Eliminates weather delays
- Eliminates need for additional treatment at final grade
- Penetrates wood and remains there for the life of the wood
- Formulated with a concern for the environment
- Not pumped into soil
- 2006 Green Builder Award
- Earn Points for LEED and other green building programs
- Offers a 30-year limited damage repair warranty to your pest company when homes are registered under our program and inspected annually according to the terms of the agreement.
A Closer Look
What does Bora-Care kill and prevent?
- Drywood termites
- Subterranean termites
- Formosan termites
- Carpenter ants
- Powderpost beetles
- Old house borers
- PLUS: Bora-Care will kill and prevent algae and wood decay fungi
Every year, Bora-Care replaces 45 million gallons or more of toxic pesticide solution that would have been pumped in the ground. That’s a savings equal to 9,400 18-wheel tanker trucks of pesticide solution. And that’s an amount we can all live with.
How Does Bora-Care Work?
The active ingredient in Bora-Care is a borate salt. 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, ever. Bora-Care works differently than most other insecticides, termiticides and even other borate products on the market today. For starters, it isn’t applied to the soil but to the structure itself. Secondly, it isn’t just a repellent or a bait, but a little bit of each. Bora-Care’s unique patented blend of glycols in combination with a borate salt provides results that are hard to beat. As soon as beetles and ants attempt to consume treated wood, they die. Subterranean termites won’t even try to eat treated wood, and if they attempt to build a tube on treated wood, the termites start to die. This alerts the termite colony and they abandon the wood.
Works by treating the wood, not the soil
Bora-Care is applied directly onto wood surfaces, concrete, plumbing penetrations, expansion joints and foundation penetrations. Bora-Care then penetrates the wood, protecting it throughout. Because it doesn’t break down over time, it provides protection for the life of the wood. By keeping the wood sealed or protected from moisture as in the wall voids of a structure, you eliminate the need for retreatment. Soil treatments are not only more difficult to apply, they lose their effectiveness over time. Then a costly retreatment becomes necessary every five to 10 years. Unlike soil treatments, Bora-Care is not a threat to the plant life or water supply of a home. Bora-Care is made with natural elements that are already present in the environment – not only in the ecosystems outside of your home – but also in many of the products you use inside. Bora-Care can even be used on lakeside homes where soil termiticides may be prohibited.
Bora-Care prevents subterranean termites from tubing across wood. In addition, a study by Louisiana State University demonstrated that even Formosan termites can’t tube over concrete treated with Bora-Care. Use Bora-Care on new construction. Use it as a whole-house treatment to prevent termite and decay rot infestations and to provide general pest protection. Bora-Care is an EPA-registered “Primary Termite Pretreatment” product and is listed in the 2006 International Residential Code.
Bora-Care is Up to the Codes
In addition to EPA registration, Bora-Care wood treatments are HUD-allowed and listed for use under the 2006 International Residential Code, Section R320 Protection Against Subterranean Termites. Only Bora-Care’s EPA-registered label allows it to be used on wood as a stand-alone two-foot barrier termite pretreatment. Bora-Care also meets the sill plate end-cut requirements set by building codes and the American Wood-Preservers’ Association (AWPA).
A Closer Look at the Benefits of Bora-Care
Penetrates wood and remains for the life of the wood
A patented mixture of borates, glycol and other ingredients cause Bora-Care to penetrate the wood far deeper than any other borate product available. Which means the wood is protected longer, homeowners are happier and builders are growing their businesses quicker.
Formulated with a concern for the environment
As consumers become more environmentally conscious, Bora-Care continues to be the prime choice for those looking to protect our surroundings. Unlike soil treatments, Bora-Care is not a threat to lakes, rivers or aquifers. With its borate-based formula, Bora-Care is made with natural mineral salts that are already present in the ecosystems outside of our homes. You’ll also find boron in many of the products we use and consume such as cosmetics and vegetables.
Not pumped into soil
When you pre-treat wood and concrete with Bora-Care, that’s all you treat. Soil treatments, one of the main concerns is that hundreds of gallons of pesticides are pumped directly into the ground, where they could spread. Bora-Care can even be used on lakeside homes where soil termiticides may be prohibited.
Offers 12/25-year warranty for your pest control company
If the applying pest control company chooses, it can register your homes for one of the five levels of our 12/25-Year BoraShield™ damage repair warranty. Our new BoraShield warranty protects you, your customers and your pest control company. This unprecedented warranty is the best in the pest control industry. And it’s the only warranty to offer damage repair.
Bora-Care Specimen Label / SDS (Acrobat PDF)
Bora-Care 3-Part Spec (Word DOC)
Bora-Care 30-Year Warrany Brochure (Acrobat PDF)
- Bora-Care Commercial 3-part spec (Acrobat PDF)
- Bora-Care Commercial 3-part spec (Word DOC)
- LEED CIR document (Excel XLS)
- Bora-Care Commercial Specimen Label/SDS (Acrobat PDF)
- Bora-Care Commercial Technical Bulletin (Acrobat PDF)
- Bora-Care Commercial New Construction Worksheet (Excel XLS)