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
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 resistance against Bora-Care. Bora-Care is
accepted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
Development as a primary tool against termites in new home
construction. It's 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.
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 go directly on the wood an 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.
What is Bora-Care?
Bora-Care is a patented liquid formulation to protect
structural wood from attacking 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 pest control
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 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 disrupts 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
What wood destroying organisms will Bora-Care control?
Termites: Subterranean, Formosan, Drywood, Dampwood, Powder
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.