Pest control practices have changed over the years, and these practices have impacted how crawlspaces are insulated in regions that have high rates of termite infestation. More specifically, termite bonds are now rarely issued if homeowners make certain modifications to their home, such as installing SPF insulation in crawl spaces. So what is the reason for this change and how can you improve the insulation, comfort and moisture resistance of your home while ensuring that it stays safe from termite infestations?
Termite warranties and SPF insulation
The main issue that pest control companies have with SPF insulation is that it hinders the infestation detection process. In order to detect an infestation, a pest control specialist will need to visually assess various areas of the home, especially the basement and various crawlspaces. The bigger issue however is that building codes in some states mandate this type of insulation, or they have not determined the type of insulation that should be used in these areas of the home, so certain state agencies that are affiliated with pest control companies have suggested some amendments to building codes, which would require the use of air-permeable fiberglass batts that can be easily removed during termite inspections.
What is best for your home
These new building codes and termite warranty provisions are not present everywhere. Some companies will not void your warranty if you use SPF insulation in certain areas of the home, and some states do not mandate the installation of insulation that can be easily removed during termite inspection. However, it would be a good idea to discuss this issue with your preferred pest control company, in order to ensure that you have the right insulation and that you can be well-protected from termite infestations.
Subterranean termites, which are the most prolific in the US, infiltrate the wood of the home from the ground, so if there is insulation in the basement and in crawl spaces, it can be hard to detect the mud tubes that they use to reach the wood. This makes it harder to offer warranties, since the warranties rely on a full inspection of the home, which ensures that an infestation has been completely removed from the building. If you have any questions regarding termite infestations and how they relate to insulation, or if you want to set up a pest control/inspection appointment, contact us today, and we will help you out.