When it comes to termites, pest control regulators and researchers are very conservative. This is understandable; termites are America’s most destructive insect, and chemicals used to control termites are hazardous to both health and environment. Because of this, most regulators and building code officials require a heavy burden of proof from products which claim termite control.
Polyguard, since the start of our water|termite barrier development, placed priority on interdisciplinary work with entomology scientists and pest control regulators, especially in states where the heaviest termite pressures exist. Since the early laboratory test of TERM Waterproofing|Termite Barrier at Texas A&M in February of 2000 dozens of lab and field trials have been performed.
After 2012, when definitive long-term termite barrier field trials at TAMU were complete, we began working with other university laboratories in termite-pressured states.
Additionally, since the TERM Barrier System consists of three types of barriers (Sealants, Stones, and Screens), TERM Particle Barrier and TERM Micromesh screens were added to the testing regimen. And finally, since our ultimate goal is protection of the entire structure with non-chemical barriers to exclude every type of pest, testing has expanded to include the exclusion of fire ants, carpenter ants, scorpions, and other pests.
Building science keeps improving. Fifty years ago, technology addressed water leaks. Twenty years ago, technology addressed energy leaks. Now, technology is addressing termite leaks.