How to be green, eco-friendly and less toxic and still kill termites? This question ultimately led me to Nisus Corporation and Bora-Care. Termite control here in Southern California primarily consists of removing living things you like from your home, encapsulating it in a Cirque de Solei-like tent, and then pumping toxic gas into your house. Then you open the windows and reclaim your home when “safe”. As someone who tries to reduce my family’s exposure to toxins, that just didn’t seem like a great way to treat for termites in a remodel. Bora-Care is a less toxic option for termite control that is a great choice if you have access to the actual wood you would like to treat. I actually sprayed it on exposed studs and woodwork myself using a sprayer. I managed to clog the sprayer by leaving the Boracare solution (which is diluted with water) in the sprayer for an extended period. Learn from my mistake and completely use whatever is in the sprayer and then rinse the sprayer completely. Or, be crazy and just hire a professional. Bora-Care kills drywood, subterranean and formosan termites among other pests, plus it will kill and prevent wood-decay fungi and algae. The active ingredient in Bora-Care is a borate salt which causes termites to become unable to extract nutrition from food and thus starve to death. Sounds mean, but then so does eating peoples’ houses. Because BoraCare isn’t applied to the soil but to the structure itself, and due to its less toxic approach, it meets HomeFixated’s eco-friendly/green approval. Bora-Care can even be used on lakeside homes where soil termiticides may be prohibited. Since the active ingredient in Bora-Care is a mineral salt, it doesn’t break down over time, which eliminates the need for retreatment! I ordered BoraCare from DoMyOwnPestControl.com where it costs about $90 per gallon including shipping.
About Marc Lyman
Marc grew up under a brave single mom who "encouraged" home improvement on the family home. Early toddler gifts included a tool set, and even a cordless Bosch drill when cordless drills first came out. In grade school (give or take a few years), Marc's mom said, "We need to cut down some trees. . . . here's a chainsaw." A father figure also involved Marc in many home improvement projects, including a summer of home remodeling in Palo Alto, CA. Toss in some Obsessive Compulsive personality traits researching everything home improvement related. The end result: a genetically pre-disposed, socially sculpted home improvement machine! For his complete profile, please visit our About page. Really, it's worth it.