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At a Glance

Simple protection. Impossible to beat. Bora-Care is the best way to protect your home from termites, carpenter ants, wood rot and more.

  • Bora-Care is formulated with a concern for the environment. Active ingredient is a borate mineral salt
  • Its active ingredient has been scientifically demonstrated to work based on hundreds of university studies
  • Applied by a professional pest control company
  • Used as a pretreatment in new construction for termites and wood-destroying insects, or to eliminate existing infestations in homes
  • Prevention and remedial control of wood decay fungi and algae
  • Bora-Care diffuses into wood and remains there for the life of the wood, providing residual protection
  • Eliminates the need to pump hundreds of gallons of pesticides into the ground around and under your home

When do you use Bora-Care?

New Construction

Homeowners should request Bora-Care for the termite pretreatment of their new homes. Bora-Care replaces old-style soil termiticides which are pumped into the ground under and around the house. Liquid termiticides can break down in just a few years (Mulrooney et al, 2006). Bora-Care eliminates treated wood as a food source for termites. And studies show that termites can’t tube over Bora-Care treated wood. (Amburgey,T.H. and William, L.H. 2001 Mississippi State University)

Existing Homes

Bora-Care is also ideal for eliminating existing infestations. Pest control companies can treat all accessible wood wherever termite infestations exist wall voids can be injected with high pressure mist or foam. They can also treat crawl spaces or any other areas with infested wood.

What does Bora-Care kill and prevent?

Bora-Care prevents and eliminates:

  • Drywood termites
  • Subterranean termites
  • Formosan termites
  • Carpenter ants
  • Powderpost beetles
  • Old house borers
  • PLUS: Bora-Care will kill and prevent wood-decay fungi and algae

Since Bora-Care’s introduction, it has replaced more than 45 million gallons of toxic pesticides that would have been pumped in the ground. That’s a savings equal to 9,400 semi-tanker trucks of pesticide. And that’s an amount we can all live with.

A Closer Look

How Does Bora-Care Work?

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. Bora-Care then penetrates the wood, protecting it throughout. 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 residual protection. By keeping the wood sealed or protected from moisture as in the wall voids of your home, 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’s active ingredient is a natural mineral salt called Disodium Octaborate Tetrahydrate (DOT), which contains the element boron. Boron is an element 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 16 years treatments in the field 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 borates’ effectiveness 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.

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

Many states and lending institutions require that new homes have a termite pretreatment conducted by a professional pest control company before the new house can be sold. Pretreating your house with Bora-Care is fast and efficient. With traditional soil treatments, once the footers are dug, but before the cement is poured for the footers, soil termiticides must be pumped into the ground. This stops the construction process. Work cannot continue until the application has dried. If it is raining or wet the soil treatment cannot be applied until the ground has dried. All of these delays cost time and money. Bora-Care is applied directly to the wood in your home any time during the dried-in phase of construction. The pest management professional creates a two-foot horizontal and vertical continuous barrier everywhere the foundation meets the structural materials of your home. 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.

Bora-Care is an EPA registered termiticide and is labeled for use as a “primary” termite pretreatment in new construction. This means that Bora-Care has met the 5-year efficacy data requirement set by the EPA. No other borate termiticide has been able to pass this rigorous test. There are numerous borate termiticides on the market, but none come close to matching the performance of Bora-Care. Make sure you specify Bora-Care for your home.

Whole House Treatments

Bora-Care can also be used as a whole house treatment to give the home protection against drywood termites, carpenter ants, wood boring beetles, and to provide general pest protection inside all your walls. Bora-Care will also prevent wood decay.

Infestations are handled with ease

When termites are detected in the wood in your home, ask your pest professional to treat the wood with Bora-Care. While any insecticide will kill the termites that it comes directly into contact with, Bora-Care will penetrate the wood, killing even those termites that cannot be seen or were not detected. With Bora-Care, once the wood is treated it is no longer a food source and termites cannot infest the wood. And Bora-Care will remain in the wood for the life of the wood.

Bora-Care is an EPA-registered “Primary Termite Pretreatment” product and is listed in the 2006 International Residential Code.

Bora-Care is Up to the Codes

In addition to EPA registration, Bora-Care wood treatments are HUD-allowed and listed for use under the 2006 International Residential Code, Section R320 Protection Against Subterranean Termites. Only Bora-Care’s EPA-registered label allows it to be used on wood as a stand-alone two-foot barrier termite pretreatment. Bora-Care also meets the sill plate end-cut requirements set by building codes and the American Wood-Preservers’ Association (AWPA M4).


Some soil termiticides can cause CPVC plumbing pipes to leak. Bora-Care is compatible with FlowGuard®, Blazemaster® and Corzan® piping systems.

The Science Behind Bora-Care

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. The active ingredient is the natural borate salt and micronutrient disodium octaborate tetrahydrate (DOT). DOT is a natural form of elemental boron, which is essential for the healthy growth of plants and believed important in human calcium metabolism. Because animals and humans simply take what they need from their diet and rapidly excrete any excess via the kidneys, DOT has a low acute toxicity and Bora-Care is about half as toxic as sodium chloride or table salt (in a laboratory setting), but it’s very effective against insects and fungi that do not have the same excretion mechanisms. DOT maximizes the solubility, the rate of dissolution and the boric oxide content to give a borate active ingredient far superior to traditional boric acid or borax. At the levels used in Bora-Care applications, it prevents pest infestation by inhibiting pest metabolism on a cellular basis. The tetrahydroxyborate anion forms a chelate complex with the cis-adjacent hydroxyl groups in the ribose sugar of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD), with the cationic nitrogen of the nicotinamide moiety providing electrostatic stabilization of the chelate. In this configuration, NAD and NADP cannot be used by the dehydrogenase enzymes of glycolysis, the pentose phosphate pathway or the tricarboxylic acid pathway, and so the cellular energy generating mechanisms, including adenosine triphosphate production, are shut down. This enhanced borate salt is combined with a patented mixture of alkylene and polyalkylene diols for superior penetration and improved efficacy. The resulting borester compounds have superior penetration into dry wood because diffusion can take place at a lower wood moisture content than if the active ingredient was by itself occurring at above 15% moisture content. But more importantly, this results in much higher efficacy against wood destroying organisms, especially against subterranean and drywood termites. As a result, Bora-Care is the only borate material that is EPA-registered as a primary termite pretreatment in new construction and provides by far the best remedial treatment against drywood termites.

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