Natural Home Show House 2009 | Termimesh System: A Chemical-Free Approach to Termite Protection
By Karen Adams 

Natural Home Show House termite protection
ABC Pest Control employee Daryl Peterson measures the opening to be cut in a large Termimesh screen for a bath tub drain line before the slab is poured at the Natural Home Show House 2009 in Boerne, Texas. More standard Termimesh screens extend only 2-3 inches from the pipes to which they are installed. This is a great chemical-free approach to termite protection. Photo Courtesy Karen Adams.

Hopefully nothing is bugging you if you live in a home protected by Termimesh System installed by ABC Pest Control. Originally developed in Australia where termites can be biblical in proportion, the Termimesh System gives whole-house protection without harsh chemicals. Here’s how it works: A very fine marine-grade mesh barrier is installed with a stainless steel hose clamp to each plumbing and electrical penetration in the slab prior to pouring concrete. Once the concrete is poured, the Termimesh sits below the finished floor of the slab yet protects the gap between each penetration and the slab once the concrete has fully cured. This solution is elegant in its simplicity, and because the theme of our project is “practical sustainability,” we were drawn to it immediately. The cost is nominal as well: Each penetration is about $12 for the system. 

One of the big advantages of Termimesh is that it can be installed while workers are doing other things. The traditional approach of spraying chemicals makes it necessary to evacuate the entire site, which brings things to a grinding halt. In construction, time is money. Work on several fronts continued as the Termimesh was installed. Another of the advantages: No workers who came the next day to pour the slab were exposed to any chemicals.

ABC Pest Control's Daryl Peterson installed the system for us; he was very friendly and knowledgeable—scheduling was a snap! He had the entire job finished in just a few hours. Once you see how easy this product is to work with it makes you wonder why all homes built in termite-prone areas (which includes the Texas Hill Country) don’t use Termimesh? My conclusion is that most architects, builders and homeowners have not yet heard about the system. We will do our best to spread the word!

An interesting fact I learned from the folks at ABC is that each year in the U.S., termites cause more damage to homes than floods, fires, and storms combined (an estimated $2 billion per year). Since almost none of us have termite insurance, this is a real risk that should be taken into consideration when building any new building. We feel good that the Natural Home Show House 2009 is protected with a chemical-free yet effective product!

Read more about the Natural Home Show House in Karen Adams' blog archive.

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