Unique Termite Technology Receives Environmental Award
Green Builder Magazine awards Overall Grand Prize, Best of Show at the 2006 National Green Building Show to Bora-Care®. Drywood Termites don’t have a chance with Bora-Care and re-infestation in treated lumber is virtually impossible.
Advantages of Termite Control with Bora-Care
- Of course, no moving out overnight.
- No need to remove plants or board pets.
- No bagging of food or medicine.
- No walking on the roof.
- Long lasting termite protection
- Excellent for preventative wood treatment
Bora-Care is a borate-based termiticide, insecticide, and fungicide concentrate applied directly to the wood . Its patented glycol formula penetrates deep into the wood providing long lasting protection. Bora-Care protects the wood as long as it is in service.
Formulated with a concern for the environment, Bora-Care is used for the interior and exterior control of subterranean termites, drywood termites, Formosan termites, wood destroying beetles and decay fungi. Perfect for termite remedial and pretreatments, Bora-Care eliminates the wood as a food source for pests. Over ten years of efficacy studies prove wood destroying organisms cannot develop a resistance against Bora-Care. Bora-Care is also accepted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as a primary tool against termites in new home construction. It is specifically listed by the International Building Codes as a suitable alternative to soil treatments. Nisus also offers a 12-year residential pretreatment warranty to the professional pest control industry.
What Are Borates?
Borates have long been used as a safer alternative to highly volatile, synthetic chemical pesticides. The pesticide qualities of borates have been used for at least 300 years. To stop decay or insects, builders and home owners can apply borates to existing wood. Borates are applied directly onto the wood and not into the soil. Borates kill termites and other wood-eating insects by poisoning the microorganisms in the insects’ digestive tracts that are needed to break down the wood’s cellulose. In other words, the termites starve to death.
Borates are being used more and more in the conservation of wooden structures and artifacts. The chemical diffuses deep into wood fibers to stop wood decay fungi. They are used in restoration projects from old homes to old ships. If you are concerned about exposure to chemicals for your family and the environment, Bora-Care is a great alternative to traditional treatment methods.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is Bora-Care?
Bora-Care is a patented liquid formulation to protect structural wood from wood destroying organisms. It contains disodium octaborate tetrahydrate (also called DOT, a borate compound) as the active ingredient and also contains glycol penetrants to help the active ingredient diffuse into the wood.
What is a borate compound?
A borate compound contains the basic elements of boron and oxygen. Borate ores are mined from mineral deposits found in the earth. These mines can be found in western North America, South America and Asia. Borate compounds help create products such as ceramic tiles, fertilizers, glass, detergents, soaps, cosmetics, medicines and, you guessed it, pest control products.
What are glycol penetrants?
Glycols are members of the class of compounds called alcohols. They are used in paints, dyes, inks, cosmetics, and coolants. The glycols in Bora-Care allow more of the active ingredient to be dissolved into a true liquid solution. These glycols also aid in the diffusion of Bora-Care by drawing the borate active ingredient into the wood.
How do borates affect insect and fungus species?
Borates are toxic to both insects and fungus species. One mode of action is that borates disrupt the enzyme system of the insect and destroys the microflora (bacteria and protozoa) in the stomach of the insect, thus disallowing food digestion. Borates also affect the enzyme system of fungi and the active ingredient is a contact toxicant to fungus.
What wood destroying organisms will Bora-Care control?
Termites: Subterranean, Formosan, Drywood, Dampwood, Powder and Post Beetles: Lyctidae and Bostrichidae species, Anobiid Beetles and Old House Borers, Carpenter Ants, Brown Rot, White Rot and Wood Decay Fungi
How long will Bora-Care stay in the wood?
Since Bora-Care is derived from minerals, once the active ingredient diffuses into the wood it will remain indefinitely. There are no natural forces that will degrade or break down the product inside the wood. Only high levels of water saturated in the wood will enable the active ingredient to be forced out. This saturated state is not normally found with interior structural wood. It is generally recommended to seal exposed exterior structural wood after application with Bora-Care to prevent the occurrence of excessive moisture.