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Published on December 26th, 2015 | by Henri

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Termite control in energy-efficient house

Q.    Thank you very much for the consistent information and value you bring. You are a gem! Situation as follows: Crawlspace: We want to bring into the shell via seamless vapor barrier on ground and up foundation wall where it meets closed cell spray foam. Spray foam to be installed from the wall base to and including the sill plates and band joists.

Termite companies want to keep the sill and band open while energy efficiency wants it closed. What would you recommend? Thank you!

A.    I would contact a local, family-owned pest control operator (as opposed to a national franchise), and ask them to treat the sill and band joists, and whatever else they deem appropriate, with borate. This should eliminate any concerns about insect infestation.

Then proceed as recommended by the energy efficiency specialists.

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