PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Clear, odorless, molasses like material which mixes with water. Once mixed, it becomes like water. Apply it with a pump sprayer or a paint brush.

PRODUCT FEATURES:    Treatments are odorless and long lasting. Allow the application to cure for 72 hours and by then the treated wood will show no sign anything was ever applied. In other words, there will be no discoloration or smell since Boracare is colorless and odor free. More importantly, treated wood can be cut, stained and used for any project safely with no inherent risk following the application.

Please note: If you intend on using a wood sealer over the treatment, plan on waiting at least 2 weeks following the application to ensure the wood is dry. Sealers like Thompson or varnish can “pull out” a range of resins, sap or solvents from the treatment which can then be visible in the finish. Paint or stain can be used within a week of being applied but sealants are best applied no sooner than 2 weeks.

Treatments will last many years. A treated deck exposed to rain and sun will be protected for 3-5 years. In the home, the treatment will be sheltered from the weather which will allow it to last indefinitely when used in attics, crawl spaces or wall voids.

TARGET PESTS: Powder post beetles, termites, carpenter ants, decay fungi, old house borers and basically any type of insect which wants to eat wood.

RATE OF APPLICATION: This depends on the thickness of the wood being treated. Mix one part Boracare to one part water and expect to get 400-1000 sq/ft protected depending on wood thickness. And if you have a moisture problem in the area you want to treat, consider using the BORACARE WITH MOLDCARE.



$125.00   (455180) (4+ gal. $115.00 ea.)
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December 17, 2014

Jack Mitch @ 11:50 am #

I have an early 1800’s log home and have seen small piles of wood dust that was described as post pine beetles by the pest control. There is no finish on the logs inside or out or applied water repellant. These are large square logs. How best can I treat these logs myself?

May 7, 2015

Glen Cothran @ 6:36 am #

I have a wood sided house in the mountains of Tennessee. Bumble bees/borer beetles are everywhere. I see holes and have seen them enter and leave the holes. The wood has a stain coating on it. What can I use to 1. Fill the holes to make it look better and 2. treat the house siding, decks and hand rails to keep them from coming back? The deck and hand rails have been painted with Bear deck sealant paint.

November 1, 2015

Paul Marcotte @ 9:07 pm #


I applied Boracare to two inch thick ash which had been air drying in a barn for three years. I decided to apply the solution with a paint brush which worked well. I would strongly suggest that the water that is added be as hot as you can get it from the tap. The mixture does pour like molasses and the hot water helps to provide a uniform mixture. I noticed today some powder post beetle activity still remained on one edge. I may have missed this area, but the remainder shows no sign of activity. I am confident by reapplying to the active area my problem will be solved. I would recommend this product.

December 2, 2015

TK @ 12:54 pm #

I’m planning to use Bora-Care to spray on wood beams in the attic for termite prevention purpose. My questions:

1. Would Bora-Care be the appropriate product of choice?
2. What would be the best mixing ratio? 5 Bora-Care and 1 water(5:1)?



December 3, 2015

TK @ 5:04 pm #

Thanks for your quick response! The 5:1 mix ratio I got is from two sources:


In this document, the company recommended “Drywood Termites 1:1, 2:1 or 5:1 For remedial treatment apply the 1:1 or 2:1 by foam or by misting using a misting machine. Use the 5:1 dilution ratio for prevention.”

2. From a local Pest Control company: “RECOMMENDATION: Treat the interior attic framing materials with an E.P.A. registered termiticide (Bora-Care @ 5:1 Dilution) for preventative drywood termite control.

Please shed some light on this mix ratio as I’m confused. Thank you.

December 4, 2015
September 18, 2016

TTK @ 8:08 am #

I have a rental house and an old post beam barn that is infested with powder post beetles and was wondering if I can fog Boracare with propane insect fogger or electric slinger type fogger due to area hard to get to.

February 27, 2017

Elaine Hobbs @ 5:39 pm #


The product has seemed to be working. I really soaked a 3″ thick piece of old barnwood that had been made into a shelf in my fireplace. I misread the instructions thinking a 2:1 mix was 2 Boracare and 1 water when it should have been the other way around. It took 2 weeks to be dry enough and not sticky to install back in. My mistake! Wish I could buy this in a quart size instead of a gallon size.

March 18, 2017

mitch anderson @ 9:20 pm #

I have a 100+ year old farmhouse with wood floors. It showed no signs of PPB until maybe 8 hears ago. I had 2 pest control companies come out 2 times each over the last 8 years and each time they said old infestation. They thought the PPB were under the re-finished floor and coming out now.

The holes and damage are getting, in my opinion, extensive along one wall. There is no doubt in my mi d that this is active, increasing, and the wood is badly deteriorating into powder.

Given that there are so many exit holes and now access to the wood beneath the surface to to the damage, can i saturate those areas with your product? Taking out the wood and replacing would be a big project. I am talking about a 10 foot area along a wall, maybe a foot or so into the room.

Thank you for feedback.

March 19, 2017
October 13, 2017

Mike Cooper @ 10:09 am #

We have some Japanese style Tatami mats – basically tightly woven straw – which are about 2″ thick. We are seeing exit holes and flying/crawling adults, as well as powder residue underneath, so pretty sure they are infested. Can these be treated with Boracare without damaging the mats(any more than the bugs already have) or is there another product which would be better?

What would the application rate be and is it better to spray, fog, or paint it on, since the surface which is essentially straw? The back of the mats are covered with a pvc sheet, but it has needle holes ever 2 inches where the mat is stitched to hold it together. Should we treat both sides, or just from the top and let it penetrate?

We also have some antique furniture and carvings, which is the likely original source of the beetles, as we had seen a few in the house before we got the mats, but the mats seem to be a great attraction, presumably because of the ease of entry. I read your article about treatment, so I am surmising that Boracare would be the answer for those too, and that they should be treated as well to prevent continued infestations.

Any advice shall be greatly appreciated.


November 26, 2017

diana @ 6:33 pm #

We own a reclaimed barnwood table with a waxed finish. I have noticed several new exit holes with powder on the top as well as several on the barn beam legs. Will Boracare work on this since its a waxed finish? What is the best way to apply it on the table. I dont mind the appearance of the holes, but am very concerned that the table will be destroyed and/or the infestation will spread to other areas of the house. We also have white heart pine floors.

July 12, 2018

Brent Montou @ 9:13 am #


This product (BORACARE) worked very well and mixes with water very easily with the use of a cordless drill and paint mixer. The table I was preparing is the base of a Cypress tree and is about 30″ tall; when I noticed the holes being drilled I purchased 1 gallon of Boracare and mixed 1 quart 1:1 and sprayed the top of the table and let that application dry then applied another treatment and noticed what seemed to be more activity and applied another. However after contacting the technician was informed that the activity I noticed was that of the beetles exiting or the hatchlings exiting and have not noticed any new activity. All is good. Now I am spraying the lumber I had milled and had to purchase another 4 gallons. $90-95 a gallon is very much worth the cost compared to the loss of beautiful lumber or having to deal with pests after installing cabinets or decorative wall in the home.

November 2, 2018

Jeff @ 11:18 pm #

Thanks for hosting such an informative page. I’m planning on ripping the plaster and lath out of an old home and treating the studs and sheathing with bora-care. How long should I allow for dry time before installing fiberglass insulation?

November 3, 2018
October 23, 2019

Marianne @ 5:25 pm #

I have a wood carving of animal purchased in Brazil, a size such that it can also function as a stool. I have noticed sawdust coming out of the feet which makes me think it has bugs. Would Boracare be a solution to this problem? I’m not sure what else I could do to diagnose the cause. Thanks!

October 24, 2019

Marianne @ 2:50 pm #

@Tech Support: Thanks for the feedback and information. The piece is relatively small – about 18 inches high and two feet long. It is painted but it’s not clear to me if there is varnish on it. Would you suggest the FS MP Aerosol in this case? Thanks again – I really appreciate the help!

February 21, 2022

Craig @ 8:34 pm #


Hi, i have recently purchased rough cut pine boards 3/4″ thick from a local saw mill. I have noticed that there are exit holes in the wood that have dark stains. Also we found an area on the wood that had a dead powder post beetle about a little less than a inch long. We plan to use this wood for trim in our house. The wood was very wet when picked up as it was cut that day, about a month ago. To date here the wood is now around 10-12% moisture (have a meter). Would boracare work to treat this problem, i am assuming it is active with PPB.

February 22, 2022

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