Polyguard’s TERM Barrier System joins Termimesh as the second Termite Physical Barrier evaluated by the ICC. TERM is a termite exclusion system built into the “building envelope”, and is the first building-wide, nonchemical pest exclusion system available to designers and builders for sustainable construction.
The TERM Barrier concept started at a November 1999 meeting with Texas A&M Urban Entomology scientists. The meeting discussed whether Polyguard building envelope materials, which have been used since 1970 to seal moisture and energy leaks, could be refined to also seal out termites, as well.
The 1999 meeting started an 18-year program of lab and field testing with Texas A&M and four other major southeastern U.S. entomology labs. The resulting TERM Barrier System, built in at the time of construction, uses upgraded sealants plus several new design details to add pest exclusion capability. TERM Barriers seal off entry points for subterranean termites, as well as entry points of most other pests around the structure.
There are several TERM components where installation by a Pest Management Professional is required or preferred. These are sealant barriers for plumbing or electrical penetration, combination barriers for bath traps and blockouts, sill barriers, and particle barriers at exposed building perimeters.
TERM Barriers enable the expansion of IPM within new construction. Sustainable construction standards now call for IPM. IPM, in turn calls for “Nonchemical pest preventive measures……designed into the structure…….”.
To meet requirements for the ICC’s AC-380 Termite Physical Barrier standard, TERM Barriers were field tested at four termite-infested sites against both Coptotermes formosanus and Reticulitermes flavipes, which are the most economically destructive termites in the United States. In these 5-year field trials, wood protected by TERM Barriers suffered no damage, while all exposed wood control samples were destroyed.
"We're very proud of the work Scott and Chris did and the knowledge they gained in order to become certified ACEs," said Bill Cowley, Co-owner, Cowleys Pest Services "It means a lot to have nationally-recognized, certified experts as part of the company."
The ACE examination includes questions about basic entomology; insect identification, life cycles, and control measures; health impacts of pests; ecological principles pertaining to pest control; environ-mental impacts related to pest control; integrated pest management (IPM); pesticide safety and health issues; pesticide technology and resources; organizations and associations of significance to the pest control industry; and laws and regulations affecting the industry.
ATLANTA – Atlanta-based Arrow Exterminators has wrapped up its third year of #ArrowCares, a social media campaign to raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The fundraising campaign ran through the month of October in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Arrow made a $5000 donation for the third consecutive year to the National Breast Cancer Foundation concluding the #ArrowCares campaign.
Arrow Exterminators’ Service Professionals wore special pink shoe covers during the month of October. Customers were asked to take a photo of their Service Professional’s pink shoe covers and then post the picture to one or more of their social media accounts using #ArrowCares. Arrow Exterminators donated $1 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation for each of these posts. Arrow team members also wore pink ribbons and wristbands to show support to those who have survived breast cancer and to remember those who have lost their fight against this disease.
“Service and philanthropy play a significant role in the culture of our company,” said Emily Thomas Kendrick, President and Chief Executive Officer of Arrow Exterminators. “Breast cancer has impacted just about all of us either directly or through a loved one and we felt a call to action to help. We are eager to continue the momentum of the #ArrowCares campaign and do our part in the battle against breast cancer,” commented Kendrick.
The National Breast Cancer Foundation’s mission is to provide help and inspire hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education, and support services.
KENNEWICK, Wash. - Senske Services is once again partnering with 2nd Harvest for its 15th Annual Charity Holiday Light Show and Open House.
Last year this event raised enough cash and food to provide 3,500 meals.