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Bora-Care Wood Preservative

Bora-Care is a low toxicity wood preservative that has a low environmental impact. It protects wood and whole structures from most wood destroying organisms including subterranean termites, Formosan termites, drywood termites, wood destroying beetles, carpenter ants, and decay fungi.


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Easy to use. Impossible to beat. The Pro’s best weapon for making a killing. 

Bora-Care is the fastest growing termite pretreatment in the industry. It is the preferred choice for professionals who want to strengthen their reputation for dependability, while building profitability that can be counted on year after year. Thousands of pest control companies are using Bora-Care to re-enter the pretreatment market. Bora-Care is a powerful, effective preventative termite treatment. By implementing Bora-Care in your program, you’ll tap into a tremendous source of new customers for both termite renewals and general pest accounts.

Bora-Care and Pretreats at a Glance:

  • Pretreats are one of the best ways to grow your business. In our benchmark companies,
    • 80% of pretreat customers will renew their termite contracts
    • 55% will convert to general pest contracts
  • Bora-Care pretreats can be performed quickly
  • Bora-Care pretreats can be performed in one trip, as opposed to at least two that soil treatment requires, saving time and gas
  • Bora-Care pretreats can easily be coordinated in new construction, because you’re treating the structure, not the soil
  • The value and ease of the Bora-Care program makes it an easy sell to builders, and our national advertising paves the way
  • Scientifically demonstrated to work in 12 years of efficacy studies as well as use in the field since 1990
  • Penetrates the wood and remains there for the life of the wood, providing residual protection
  • Reduces the need to pump pesticides into the ground, thus removing a threat to the environment, or water supply
  • Protects you with the best warranty in the industry

Target Pest:

Bora-Care is proven effective to 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

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.

Treat the Wood, Not the Soil

Bora-Care is applied directly onto wood surfaces. Because the active ingredient in Bora-Care is a mineral salt, it doesn’t break down over time, so it remains in the wood for the life of the wood, providing long-term protection. 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. Unlike soil treatments, Bora-Care is not pumped into the ground and poses no threat to lakes, rivers, aquifers or the environment. Bora-Care can even be used on lakeside homes where soil termiticides may be prohibited. Bora-Care has shown no compatibility issues with any type of plumbing pipes, and will not corrode metal fasteners, fittings or nails. Bora-Care’s active ingredient is a natural mineral salt called Disodium Octaborate Tetrahydrate (DOT) which contains the element boron. Boron is an element (chemical symbol B) on the periodic table that is already present in the environment – not only in the ecosystems outside of your home – but also in many of the products you use inside such as soaps and cosmetics. Boron is also found in many of the vegetables we eat.

What does the research say?

Twelve years of efficacy studies and treatments in the field since 1990 have shown Bora-Care’s ability to prevent termites and other wood-destroying insects from consuming wood or tubing over treated wood to reach untreated wood. Bora-Care simply eliminates wood as a food source. In addition, hundreds of studies have confirmed the effectiveness of borates as a preservative, including more than 40 studies confirming its wood-protecting power.

Bora-Care prevents subterranean termites from tubing across treated wood and other structural materials. In addition, a study by Louisiana State University demonstrated that even Formosan termites can’t tube over concrete treated with Bora-Care.

Pretreatments can be done quickly; Infestations are handled with ease. Pretreating a home for subterranean termites with Bora-Care is fast and efficient and there is no need for the construction crew to leave the job site. Use Bora-Care on new construction. For termite pretreatments, Bora-Care can be applied directly to the wood with a portable backpack sprayer or a tank sprayer. Simply spray a two-foot tall continuous barrier onto all structural materials in contact with the foundation. This includes walls, piers, interior slab or basement walls, plumbing penetrations, pipe chases, bath traps, and any other foundation penetrations. This insures that all termite entry-points are treated. Or use it as a whole-house treatment to prevent infestations of drywood termites, wood destroying beetles, decay fungi and to provide general pest protection.