We love sharing how TAP® Pest Control Insulation can benefit Homeowners. Here are a few of the most commonly asked questions. If you do not see your question here, feel free to connect with TAP® Pest Control Insulation at your convenience. We are always just a quick phone call or email away. Let’s get started!
TAP® Pest Control Insulation, the most TRUSTED pest control insulation on the market today, is an EPA-registered (89140-1) pesticide that is also an insulation. Our product is backed by scientific studies to control bugs and protect your home. Other insulation may be treated by an EPA-registered product to protect the insulation but falls short of protecting your home from pests and the damage they cause to the structure of your home and your family’s health. TAP® Pest Control Insulation, however, is an EPA-registered insulation and has the unique advantage of protecting your home from pests. Check out our EPA listing or our product label.
NOTE: Learn more about Treated Insulation vs. EPA-Registered Insulation.
When viewed in the context of the entire product life-cycle (from production to operation to disposal), cellulose insulation is one of the greenest building products in the world. Cellulose insulation takes less energy to make than other insulation products, is made from 80%+ recycled paper, reduces a home’s carbon footprint by saving energy, and provides no post-installation waste.
No, pests cannot build up tolerance to the borates in TAP® Pest Control Insulation, so the pest control properties remain in effect as long as the insulation remains in the home.
Boric acid attaches to the bodies of the pests as they crawl through or nest in the insulation. Since these pests are “self-grooming” insects, they ingest the boric acid when they groom themselves. As the pests cannot excrete the boric acid, it accumulates in the gut eventually proving lethal due to dehydration, malnutrition, or both.
Installing TAP® Pest Control Insulation over existing attic insulation typically takes half a day. However, installation time depends on the size of the home.
It is a strong possibility. First, your current insulation most likely does not have pest control properties, so adding TAP® Pest Control Insulation would be greatly beneficial. Second, the U.S. Department of Energy recommends a fairly significant amount of insulation (R-49) in residential attics. This amount far exceeds most building codes and specs which means that many homes do not have enough insulation. It has been estimated that 65% of homes in the U.S. are under-insulated, and most homes over 10 years old have about 1/3 of the recommended amount of insulation.
No. TAP® Pest Control Insulation does not have an odor and there is no off-gassing found in many other insulations. The borates in TAP® Pest Control Insulation actually help absorb and reduce any foul odors.
No, TAP® Pest Control Insulation can be installed right on top of existing insulation. However, it may be advisable to remove your existing insulation if previously damaged by pests.
TAP® Pest Control Insulation is blown in using a machine. When blown in, TAP® Pest Control Insulation forms a perfect fit in your wall or attic seeking nooks and crannies while filling the entire cavity. Stud cavities in attics are not uniform in size; thus, gaps and voids form when traditional insulation rolls are used. Unlike the traditional insulation rolls, TAP® Pest Control Insulation is never cut on the job site, or stuffed into the cavity to fit behind pipes and conduits (which reduces the effectiveness of insulation). Once blown in, TAP® Pest Control Insulation fits over your ceiling like a blanket.
This is a common myth often perpetuated by other insulation industries. Most houses are cellulose (made from wood and forest products). TAP® Pest Control Insulation contains a fire-retardant that actually makes homes safer in the event of fire. Traditional insulation can melt creating a chimney-like effect in a wall. TAP® Pest Control Insulation, with its fire-retardant characteristics, will not hold a flame and forms a ‘charred’ surface barrier which limits the spread of fire.
TAP® Pest Control Insulation is made from recycled paper and specially formulated borates.
The government closely regulates any product that claims to have an effect on insects or other pests. Because TAP® Pest Control Insulation is a substance that controls pests, it must be registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as well as each individual state in which it is sold. These entities mandate that TAP® Pest Control Insulation can only be installed by licensed pest management professionals.
The cost of installing TAP® Pest Control Insulation varies depending on several factors including access, location, market, size, etc. As with most things, you get what you pay for. TAP® Pest Control Insulation is a product for the discriminating homeowner who wants the best for their home. In time, TAP® Pest Control Insulation most often pays for itself by reducing energy costs!
TAP® Pest Control Insulation keeps homes cooler in summer and warmer in winter by reducing the ability for heat to transfer through walls and attics. Because TAP® Pest Control Insulation is denser than traditional insulation, air does not move through it well. It resists heat transfer by convection, as well as conduction and radiation. And since there aren’t the leaks and drafts associated with ordinary insulation, mechanical systems don’t work as hard and can often be down-sized saving you money. Areas in the home maintain more uniform temperatures between floors and ceilings, upstairs and downstairs, even next to exterior walls.
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Most cellulose insulation contains some boric acid or crude borates to provide fungi resistance and to act as a fire retardant. Whether a particular borate substance can or will kill an insect depends on several factors including the formula, concentration (i.e. dosage), and presentation of the substance. Some cellulose insulation may contain boric acid at insufficient levels to kill some insects, and some insulation may contain sufficient concentration but the substance may not be presented in a form that can be ingested by insects.
Without proper testing and registration, it is nearly impossible to know if the borates or borate derivatives in cellulose insulation will control insects. Therefore, only products that have an EPA label and have been scientifically tested, such as TAP® Pest Control Insulation, can legally claim to control insects.
The only claims permitted are those which are found on the TAP Pest Control Insulation EPA label (89140-1) which do not cover mice, rodents, or squirrels. However, TAP® Pest Control Insulation does not act as a food source for these animals.
Absolutely not. TAP® Pest Control Insulation can only be installed by licensed pest management professionals. If told that a product can affect insects, ask to see the other insulation’s EPA label!
No, TAP® Pest Control Insulation is lethal to certain insects that come in contact with the insulation. Many companies claim that the boric acid in their product “resists” or “repels” insects. Scientific studies reveal that boric acid is undetectable to insects. Insects cannot be repelled from something that they cannot detect, so individuals or companies that make such claims are uninformed about the scientific properties of boric acid.
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