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TAP Insulation FAQ

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 Swisher Pest Control at your convenience. We are always just a quick phone call or email away. Let's get started!

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With all of the “green” claims on products these days, is TAP Pest Control Insulation truly environmentally friendly?
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.

Does TAP Pest Control Insulation have to be renewed or replaced to continue to control insects?
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.

My research shows boric acid is roughly as toxic as table salt.  If so, how can it kill pests?
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.

How long does installation on an existing home take?
Installing TAP Pest Control Insulation over existing attic insulation typically takes half a day. However, installation time depends on the size of the home.

I already have insulation in my attic, do I need TAP Pest Control Insulation?
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.

Does TAP Pest Control Insulation have an odor?
The borates in TAP Pest Control Insulation actually help absorb and reduce any foul odors.

Do I need to take my existing insulation out before installing TAP Pest Control Insulation?
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.

How is TAP Pest Control Insulation installed?
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 jobsite, 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.

Isn’t cellulose insulation a fire hazard?
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.

What is TAP Pest Control Insulation made of?
TAP Pest Control Insulation is made from recycled paper and specially formulated borates.

Who can install TAP Pest Control Insulation?
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.

How much does TAP Pest Control Insulation cost?
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!

How does TAP Pest Control Insulation reduce my bills?
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.

Where do I buy TAP Pest Control Insulation?
Ask your trusted pest management professional about TAP Pest Control Insulation.  If they do not offer it, click here to find an provider near you.

Doesn’t all cellulose insulation control pests?
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.

Does TAP Pest Control Insulation control mice, rats, or squirrels?
No, TAP Pest Control Insulation has no effect on mice, rodents, or squirrels.  However, it does not act as a food source for these animals.

I received a quote from a contractor and he says his insulation is “the same thing” as TAP Pest Control Insulation but cheaper.  Is this true?
No, 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 EPA label!

Does TAP Pest Control Insulation “repel” or “resist” insects?
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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