Stainless steel mesh barriers can be an effective means of preventing subterranean termites from entering your home from below ground. These barriers are added to a home during the construction process and can help block termites’ entry in concealed areas, including areas where pipes enter the home and areas around the concrete slab.
How Does a Stainless Steel Mesh Termite Barrier Work?
Mesh termite barriers have tiny openings that are too small for termites to squeeze through – typically 0.66 by 0.44 millimeters. When constructed of stainless steel, a mesh barrier is too hard for termites to chew through.
Stainless steel mesh barriers are non-toxic. They do not contain pesticides that control termite populations. Instead, they simply provide a physical barrier to prevent termites from entering a home at the point where the barrier is located.
This woven termite barrier functions much like a termite shield. When these types of barriers are installed correctly, subterranean termites are unable to enter a home undetected. However, they can build mud tubes to seek other entry points. Annual termite inspections by a trained professional can help identify signs of activity.
Installation of a Stainless Steel Mesh Termite Barrier
Termite mesh barriers can be installed during the construction of a new home. The manufacturer of the Termi-Mesh ® brand barrier requires that installation be completed by trained and licensed technicians. This product is only available through select companies in the U.S.
Termite mesh barriers come in a variety of shapes that provide protection to specific areas where your home is vulnerable to undetected termite entry. For example, a specially-shaped mesh piece is designed to prevent termite entry around water pipes that enter your home. Mesh also can be attached to flat surfaces with the help of bonding cement.
Similar to sand and basaltic barriers, stainless steel mesh barriers do not control termite colonies – they prevent them from entering in less visible locations. Your termite expert can recommend other prevention and control methods that can be combined with these physical barriers to help provide effective protection.