When it comes to termites, pest control regulators and researchers are far more conservative than you might expect. This is understandable; termites are America’s most destructive insect, and the chemicals used to control termites are hazardous to both health and environment. Because of this, regulators and building code officials require a heavy burden of proof from products which claim termite control.
Thus Polyguard, since the start of our termite barrier development, has placed priority on working with entomology scientists and pest control regulators, especially those 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 2001, dozens of lab and field trials have been performed.
Once definitive long-term termite barrier field trials at TAMU were complete, we began working with other university laboratories in termite-heavy states.
Additionally, since the TERM Barrier System consists of three types of barriers (Sheets, Stones, and Sealants), TERM Particle Barrier and TERM Micromesh were added to the testing regimen. And finally, since our ultimate goal is to protect 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 arriving to address termite, insect, and pest leaks.