Do termites like foam panel insulation?


Old 07-24-03, 02:23 PM
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Do termites like foam panel insulation?

Do termites like the foam panels often used for foundation insulation? If so, are they actually attracted to it or does it just make it easier for them to establish pathways to structural wood?

I need to choose between foam panels or fiberglass batts to insulate the basement walls (which have steel studs) in my house Ė which had previous (but since treated) termite activity. I hesitate to use fiberglass because Iíve been told it would never really dry out if I ever get seepage (no history of seepage but you never know). But I donít want to give any potential future termites an inviting foam pathway to the ceiling joists Ė if they do indeed like foam.

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Old 07-24-03, 08:31 PM
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Termites live in the ground and burough their way to the wood members of the house. Termite shields are used on the top of foundation walls to force the termites around them. The termites create mud tunnels for them to travel through because they do not like light. So regardless of the type of foundation walls you have or the insulation, inspecting the sill plate on a regular basis is prudent.
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Termites eat cellulose.

If your "foam" is a polystyrene (or poly-anything), it's a synthetic ploymer that termites won't eat.

To the best of my knowledge, anyway.
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