Termites are a problem in warm, humid climates like ours in central Texas. Termites feast on cellulose, so the wood and paper in your home look like tempting treats to them.
But there’s good news. I want to tell you about the permanent termite barrier we’ve been using in our homes since it was introduced to the U. S. market sixteen years ago. It’s called Termimesh.
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But first, let me stop a minute, and tell you straight-up: I’m not a paid spokesman. The only payroll I’m on is that of the clients who hire me to build their homes. Solluna receives no special discounts for any product or service endorsements. We build homes for customers, not houses for shareholders. Just wanted to get that clear from the start. Now, please let me explain.
In my twenty-plus years in residential construction in central Texas, I’ve used many products and services that I’m happy to recommend. We believe it’s important to let people know our evaluation of a product or service based on our opinion – sometimes good, and sometimes bad. We believe this is an honest approach and allows us to change our opinion if the situation changes.
Back to termites . . .
Termimesh is a product that earns my enthusiastic thumbs-up. It’s is a non-chemical, physical termite barrier that’s installed when your home is built.
Termimesh is used with a concrete slab-on-grade foundation. Termites can squeeze through the tiniest of gaps. Plumbing pipes come through a slab, and that’s often a termite’s favorite point of entry. Termimesh is a stainless mesh that’s attached to each plumbing pipe with a tight flange. When the concrete is poured, the stainless mesh is suspended in the concrete. It becomes a permanent barrier to those sneaky, hungry little critters.
Other measures also are important to thwart termites, including flashing to provide a physical barrier between the foundation and the wood elements of a home, and grade and drainage around the home. We always take the extra step of applying borate to the lumber used to build exterior walls.
Even with a physical barrier, you still have responsibilities as a homeowner to guard against termites. If termites try to enter your home, they’ll build a mud tunnel up the side of your concrete slab. Walk the perimeter occasionally and make a visual inspection. Don’t offer termites a free ride by letting debris, leaves, and plants pile up against the foundation wall, allowing them easier access to your home.
An added bonus reported to us by owners of Solluna homes, especially out in rural areas, is that Termimesh seems to block scorpions, too.