The weather we experience in Gilbert, AZ, brings some of the worst problems attributed to pest activity. If you’ve noticed increased pest activity in your attic, it’s time to find a solution and insulating your attic is a good place to start.., In the Phoenix and Northern Arizona area many companies offer insulation services, but not everyone has the same proven results to get rid of pests fast. Before investing in attic insulation, it’s important to know the best options for your home.
What kind of pests live in attics?
Pests will take advantage of any opening that they can find to get into your home. Attics are especially attractive to insects for several reasons.
- Foot traffic is lower than common living spaces like your living room.
- There are many places to hide amongst cardboard boxes and storage.
- Inclement weather becomes obsolete.
- Food and water sources can be easily found.
All of these factors provide a safe haven for common household pests such as ants, cockroaches, beetles, crickets, silverfish, termites, earwigs, and booklice. Not only do many of these pests pose health risks for your family, but some can do serious damage. Silverfish are known to destroy precious paper keepsakes such as documents, awards, photo albums, and books. Termites are notorious wood-destroying insects that can cause structural damage to your home if left untreated.
Why do I need attic insulation?
R-Value is a measurement of a material’s resistance to heat transfer. The higher the R-value, the better the insulation performs, keeping heat out in hot temperatures. A higher R-value will make your utility bills feel more comfortable too. In Arizona, an R-value of R-48 to R-60 is recommended. Not all insulation is created equal. Cheaply made or poor quality insulation can greatly impact the R-value, lowering it to levels that can render nearly useless. Even if you don’t frequently use your attic, effective insulation can stop your air conditioner from working too hard, cutting down your electric bill and associated costs. T.A.P. insulation can installed on top of your existing insulation, no matter what quality it’s currently in. If you don’t have any insulation, T.A.P. can be installed on its own!
What is T.A.P. insulation?
The best way to keep your home cool and get rid of pests in your attic is with attic insulation that includes borate material. At SOS Exterminating, we provide full attic insulation solutions by utilizing T.A.P. (Thermal, Acoustic, Pest Control) Insulation. Statistically, T.A.P. insulation will save homeowners up to 30% on their annual energy bill because of superior insulation materials. ENERGY STAR® qualified T.A.P. insulation can keep your home more energy efficient and reduce attic and outdoor noise. Since you do not have to replace the insulation every year, that’s significant savings passed onto you. When borate gets added to the paper fibers of the insulation, it kills the insects that don’t leave the premises because of colder temperatures. Insects can’t crawl through the insulation without coming into direct contact with damaging borate particles. Pests such as ants, which are “self-grooming,” ingest the poison as they groom themselves. Then, they die during digestion. Even before they ingest the poison, they spread it to their colony, effectively killing all of them. Pests cannot build up a tolerance to the borates in the T.A.P. insulation, so it will be effective for the lifetime of the product. The system remains effective for years on end. Additionally, T.A.P. attic insulation controls 11 of the most common pests, including cockroaches, silverfish, and centipedes.
Are you ready to start saving money on cooling your home and prevent pests from crawling around your attic? Call us or fill out the form on this page to learn more about our T.A.P. Insulation services.