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Will a high-performance vapor barrier ward off termites?

Question: I live in a high-humidity area (southeast Arkansas) and want to know if adding a high-performance vapor barrier in the crawl space area will help ward off termites? Is that the sort of thing a termite and pest control tech could install? Thanks.


ANSWER: Vapor barriers are always valuable in limiting the moisture in wood above crawl spaces. Vapor barriers can help prevent several problems, like wood decay fungi (wood rot); however, these barriers will not prevent termites.

Call the local Orkin Branch office and ask for a moisture control inspection of your home. A highly trained Orkin Termite inspector will be happy to take care of moisture issues in your home. Remember, there are more than termites that can cause damage to wood.


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