NEXGEN MgO is Insect and Pest Resistant

Insects and rodents do billions of damage to structures every year. This often unseen threat destroys homes and commercial buildings from the inside out. 

MgO based building products contain only inorganic materials that do not attract insects, pests and rodents that are attracted to organic-based building materials. 


Key Insect and Pest Resistant Facts

MgO is Inorganic

MgO based building materials are composed of inorganic materials that are not a food source for insects, pests, and rodents.

MgO is Cement-like

Like concrete, metal, brick, and stone, MgO is created as cement with no organic materials that would attract insects such as termites.

MgO Water Resistance and Pests

Since MgO board resists water and mold/mildew, it does not soften and become easier for insects and pests to chew and eat.

Case Study Summary


Almost every area of the U.S. has issues with insect, pest, and rodent destruction. Builders would like to use building materials that resist all these pests and build a higher quality home. 


NEXGEN MgO boards contain no organic materials that insects, pests, and rodents like as a food source.  Combining this with the fact that MgO boards are also water resistant makes them ideal for basement wall interior sheathing. 


MgO based building construction provides excellent protection from damage caused by insects, pests and rodents. 


Need clarification?

What does Insect Resistant mean?

Building materials that do not provide a food source for insects, pests and rodents are concrete, stone, brick, metal, plastic composites, and Magnesium Oxide based boards.  Utilize products with no organic matter, which results in zero food source for wood boring insects including termites and carpenter ants.

What standards are used for building Insect Resistance?

There are no direct standards for building material and insect resistance. However, since moisture degrades organic-based building materials that then attract insects and pests, there are several applicable standards.  ASTM C1185 Moisture Content, ASTM C1186 Moisture Movement and Water Absorption, and ASTM D3273 Resistance to Growth of Mold and Mildew. 

What are the best Insect Resistant building techniques?

First never bury construction debris on site as few things attract tunneling insects faster than burying scrap lumber, cardboard and paper trash. Second, use building materials that do not provide a food source for insects such as concrete, stone, metal and NEXGEN MgO board. Lastly, use building materials and techniques that resist water such NEXGEN MgO. 

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