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Termites use their jaws rather than their legs to move forward. Tests of termite barriers show that the creatures are unable to move particles larger than about 1 millimeter in diameter. As particle size increases, so does the size of the space between the particles.
Particles about 3 millimeters and larger provide spaces large enough for termites to crawl through. Therefore, coarse sand particlesâ€”which range from 1 to 3 millimetersâ€”can be used as a barrier around the foundation of a house to protect against subterranean termites.
Sand barriers can also be used in perimeter trenches and crawl spaces, inside hollow masonry voids, and around the bases of fence posts, poles, supporting piers, porches, decks, and retaining walls.
Another barrier is made of a noncorroding, stainless steel mesh. The gaps in the mesh are small enough to prevent penetration by termites. This barrier is used with slab-on-grade construction by placing it on the aggregate bed before pouring the concrete floor pad.
Termite inspections are typically conducted by licensed inspectors, either independent contractors or franchisees of larger firms. An inspection usually takes an hour to 90 minutes, depending on the size of the house.