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T.A.P Pest Control Insulation

What is TAP? How does it work?

T.A.P stands for Thermal Acoustic Pest control. T•A•P is a “loose-fill” cellulose insulation that is made with recycled paper from landfills. Unlike traditional insulation that is unrolled and then placed into the attic, TAP is blown into any void spaces by use of machine. Any previously laid insulation becomes encapsulated by the loose filled TAP insulation, filling any unnecessary gaps and crevices. The process by which TAP is made is quite interesting. Being that TAP is an environmentally safe product, and is also recognized by Energy Star ® as being an energy efficient insulation, special steps are taken during its creation.

First, the recycled landfill paper is fed through a “disc-mill,” which transforms the paper into a soft, fluffy substance that can be compared to that of cotton balls. Next, during production, the cotton-like substance is treated with Borates, which naturally eradicate certain insects. The finished product operates as an exceptional sound barrier, provides an iron clad thermal barricade and renders excellent protection against pests. No other insulation can even come close.

What are the benefits of TAP insulation?

There are four main benefits of using T.A.P insulation:

  1. PEST CONTROL – One of the essential reasons T.A.P. insulation is like no other insulation on the market is because of its natural ability to assist in the prevention of pest activity. This is made possible by the infusion of Borates or boric acid with the insulation during the creation process. When pests such as ants, roaches, termites, silver fish and earwigs walk through or nest in the insulation, the borates rub onto their exoskeleton. During the grooming process, the borates are digested and eventually terminate the insect.Borates are not lethal or harmful to rats, mice or squirrels. However, T.A.P insulation does not act as a food source to these animals either.
  1. NOISE REDUCTION – So quiet you could hear a pin drop. Because T.A.P insulation is blown into attics and wall voids, it is able to insulate areas that were previously unreachable with traditional insulation. When used in interior walls of a home, T.A.P insulation virtually drowns out any outside noise. It even provides room-to-room privacy within the home as well.
  1. ENERGY SAVINGS – Who doesn’t want to save money? With T.A.P insulation you will instantly notice the difference in your home and wallet. Unlike other traditional, rolled insulation, T.A.P is blown into attics and wall spaces by use of a machine. It is compacted into any void areas, preventing heat and air from escaping. Traditional insulation settles over time, allowing an abundance of heat and air to be transferred into the attic and out of the walls. This causes your air conditioning unit to work harder, pump more air into the home and also raises your heat and air bill. Have you ever had an extremely high electric bill in the summer or winter and wondered why? The problem could be improper insulation. Using T.A.P insulation helps keep heat and air, where it belongs, in your home. This is because it stays put and doesn’t settle. As a result, your A/C unit isn’t forced to use as much energy to heat and cool your home, which consequently reduces your energy bill. 
  1. ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY – T.A.P insulation was created to not only offer homeowners a more efficient and sensible insulation option but also to provide them with an insulation that was created with the environment in mind. T.A.P is made of 80% cellulose, which means it comes from wood or forest plants. However, that doesn’t mean that millions of trees had to be chopped down in order for T.A.P insulation to be made. Not at all. T.A.P is actually made from recycled paper from landfills. This repurposed paper is treated with borates, a natural pesticide, and then manufactured into cotton-soft insulation. T.A.P insulation has been recognized by ENERGY STAR® to be an environmentally conscience product. In proving to be energy efficient, T.A.P insulation can reduce a home’s carbon footprint, which in consequence positively impacts the Earth’s climate.Also, because T.A.P insulation is a licensed ENERGY STAR ® product, homeowners may be able to receive a tax rebate.

How does TAP insulation differ from my current insulation?

Two main reasons, energy efficiency and pest control. Most traditional insulation is a rolled insulation that is made of fiberglass. Not only is fiberglass more flammable than TAP insulation, but also, simply put, it doesn’t insulate as well. Insulation is measured by something called an “R-VALUE,” or its resistance to heat transfer. The Florida Department of Energy requires that the R-Value for insulation in Florida homes be within 38–60 on the scale, with 38 being at code. However, most homes that have traditional rolled insulation do not meet that number. This is because traditional insulation settles over time. Most traditional insulation comes in at around R19 on the R-Value scale, which is half the required level.

What this means for homeowners is that a lot of heat and air is being wasted due to faulty insulation. Heat and air are able to diffuse right through traditional insulation and into the attic causing A/C units to work harder and pump out more air. This also means that every month homeowners are spending a lot more than they should be on their electric bills. Because T.A.P insulation, whether installed new or over old insulation, is a blown in, loose-fill insulation, it is able to fit into every nook and cranny, eliminating those areas through which heat and air are able to escape. As a result homes are kept cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. This also means that attics are kept cooler in warmer temperatures. Another plus to installing a loose-fill insulation are the acoustical benefits. Because TAP fills in all of those gaps in walls and attics, sound traveling is decreased and better sound quality is presented.

FACT: Up to 90% of homes in America are under insulated.

Pest Control: TAP insulation has been awarded an EPA label, which means it has been scientifically proven to control insects. This is done by the highly concentrated use of borates within the insulation. During production, borates are infused with the recycled paper and transformed into TAP insulation. When insects crawl through or try to nest in the insulation, the borates are then brushed onto their exoskeletons. During the insect’s natural grooming process, they will digest the borates and eventually die. This is because borates cannot be secreted by insects and will collect in their guts until they become dehydrated or malnutritioned.

Borates are organic mineral salts that are mined from the Earth and used in many consumer products. It is also not harmful to humans or pets. Insects such as ants, termites, earwigs, silverfish, crickets, beetles and cockroaches cannot tolerate boric acid.

Heron’s Steps of Installation:

  1. Removal – Our technicians will safely remove any insulation that has been contaminated or compromised by wildlife or pests. This process consists of vacuuming out any organic matter that has been left behind by wildlife. Technicians are properly clothed with hazmat gear, as well as respiratory masks. The contaminated insulation will be promptly removed from the property and properly disposed of.

It is never recommended that homeowners try to perform this procedure themselves. Doing so can be harmful to your health.

  1. Sanitization – After the contaminated insulation has been removed, the entire compromised area will be treated with a sanitizing solution that kills any zoonotic diseases (animal diseases that can be spread to humans), as well as neutralizes any odor.   If needed or requested by the homeowner, a pest treatment can also be performed to take care of any fleas, ticks or any other insects that may have been left behind.
  2. Exclusion – Any areas in the roof or around the home that were used by wildlife to gain entry into the home will be pinpointed and properly repaired to prevent any further entry into the home.
  3. Installation of new insulation – If chosen, a new layer of T.A.P insulation will be blown into the attic or wall voids. This new insulation will encapsulate any old, rolled insulation and will also fill in any nooks and cracks that were once open. The new T.A.P insulation will protect against insects and also prevent heat and air from escaping into the attic and walls.

What will happen to your old insulation?

Any old insulation that may have been contaminated by wildlife will need to be removed and properly disposed of. We never want to leave behind any insulation that has been tainted with animal feces, urine, diseases and / or odors. Doing so can be very harmful to your family’s health. Feces left behind by wildlife can contain a disease called roundworm which can be deadly if inhaled by humans or other animals. Our technicians will complete a thorough inspection of your attic and determine what insulation needs to be removed. After the inspection and removal of any contaminated insulation, they will then disinfect any areas of harborage to ensure that any harmful agents are eradicated. The final step will be to install the new T.A.P insulation.

How long does it take to install TAP insulation?

Normally about a half day, but it depends on the size of the areas needing to be insulated.

Is T.A.P fire retardant?

T.A.P is a cellulose insulation and also contains a fire retardant substance that will prevent the spread of fire. If T.A.P insulation were to come into contact with fire, it would form a charred outer surface that, instead of holding a flame, would slow down its spreading. Traditional fiberglass insulation would melt, which would create more smoke and also assist in the spreading of flames.