Pros and Cons of Straw Bale Building — 2 Comments

  1. May I ask how to prevent insects from penetrating through a straw bale house wall (at the floor), with a foundation of either: gravel, pallet or tire? Thank you,

    • Ideally, your foundation is sealed, so that there’s no air flow between inside and out, and there are no voids that become places that creepy-crawlies can live or move through. These can often be plastered to close the gaps and ultimately finish the walls. Also, diatomaceous earth, and borax (the laundry booster) can be sprinkled within the stem wall. These are relatively inexpensive and benign to humans, but deadly to many types of insects.

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