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Boracare and Drywood Termites

Drywood termites live in wood, which has a relatively low moisture content. They require no contact with the ground or other moisture source. Drywood termites are usually found in the humid coastal and subtropical regions of the United States , but there are several species found in the desert southwest, and they do appear to be spreading. Although there are many species of drywood termites, they all belong to the same family, the Kalotermitidae, and they are all rather similar in appearance. Like other termites, drywood termites will share food amongst one another.

Drywood termites eat across the grain, consuming both spring and summer wood, They make galleries connected by tunnels, both of which have velvety walls, as if smoothed with fine sandpaper. Usually, there are fecal pellets throughout this system, which are ejected from kick holes (often the first sign of their presence).

Swarming drywood termites fly into structures and infest wood directly. They typically infest exposed wood such as window and door frames, trim eaves and attics. When swarming, they will often re-infest the same structure multiple times. There is no soil associated with the damage, which clearly differentiates if from subterranean termite damage. Although the damage may be localized to an area occupied by a relatively small colony, the combination of many colonies as a result of new infestations or re-infestations can cause major damage over time.

The total annual cost of repairing drywood termite structural damage and their eradication is estimated to be many millions of dollars. Unfortunately, a large portion of this cost is a result of treatment by fumigation. This type of treatment has no residual protection and the only thing it will guarantee is that the structure will need fumigating again (within 5 to 10 years) when the termites come back.

Fortunately for pest control professionals and especially homeowners, there is now a proven option that can be used. BORA-CARE is highly efficacious against drywood termites (as well as other wood destroying pests) and can be used on new construction and in existing homes as either a complete or spot treatment. The great advantage of BORA-CARE, aside from its natural active ingredient and low acute toxicity to people and pets, is its permanence. A BORA-CARE treatment is designed to protect the wood for the life of the structure.

BORA-CARE Termiticide, Insecticide and Fungicide Concentrate

BORA-CARE Termiticide, Insecticide and Fungicide Concentrate is an enhanced specially formulated and patented EPA registered product for use by professional pest control operators. BORA-CARE is colorless, virtually odorless and readily diluted in water to create a treatment solution (no hazardous solvents to use).

This unique product carries with it a wide range of application options to control most wood destroying pests; however, only the control of drywood termites is dealt with here.

The active ingredient in BORA-CARE is a natural borate salt called Disodium Octaborate Tetrahydrate (DOT). One of the most notable benefits of the DOT in BORA-CARE is its chemical stability over time. Because it will not break down, it will provide long-lasting wood protection and residual performance against drywoods. BORA-CARE is effectively formulated to give permanent control of drywood termites.

How does BORA-CARE work?

Insects are killed by BORA-CARE by coming into contact with or ingesting BORA-CARE treated wood. Once ingested, it acts as a slow stomach poison. While it achieves the same deadly result with all wood destroying organisms and general pests, it is important to know how best to deliver the borated to them.

Since BORA-CARE is slow-acting, drywood termites may feed on, tunnel in and/or digest treated wood, accumulate the BORA-CARE and still move among other individuals in the colony. During the transfer of food from workers to nymphs, soldiers and reproductives, the termites will transfer the ingested BORA-CARE between one another, resulting in the eradication of the colony.

One of the features that makes BORA-CARE so effective is its enhanced penetration. When BORA-CARE  is applied to wood, it immediately begins to penetrate into the wood. BORA-CARE may be applied as a spray, foam or mist onto wood, or injected into wood, depending upon the situation. Because the active ingredient does not break down, BORA-CARE is always available to be drawn deeper into the wood. Application of BORA-CARE to control wood destroying organisms should be part of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategy.


Estimating Amounts for Application

Calculating the amount of BORA-CARE to be used for a particular treatment is important. Approximately 1 gallon of BORA-CARE solution will be needed to treat 400 sq.ft. of 1”thick wood surface area or 400 board feet. You should always try to avoid extra or leftover solution. The amounts of BORA-CARE solution needed will depend on the amount of wood to be treated and whether injection as well as spray or foam is needed. Topical spray applications will require a second application in areas where only 1 to 2 sides of a wood member is exposed. The second application can be done after a 20-minute delay.

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