What’s green and likes bananas? No, not a monkey dressed as Kermit the Frog—a Cuban cockroach! That’s right, folks, roaches can come in a nice shade of green!
This pale green roach made its way into this country in bananas. You’ll never look at a banana the same way, will you?
It’s scientific name is Panchlora nivea, but it’s also known as the Cuban cockroach or green banana cockroach. This small species of cockroach can be found in Cuba and the Caribbean, and along the Gulf Coast from Florida to Texas. This little green bug has even been spotted as far north as Charleston, South Carolina!
The females can grow up to 24 mm and the males are 12 to 15 mm long. They are extremely fast and they fly, too!
Interestingly, this nocturnal roach is not considered a pest since it is usually an outdoor species and not often found indoors. They prefer shrubbery, trees, and plants—not your home! The young ones can be found under logs and other debris. It is attracted to both indoor and outdoor lights.
People will often keep this roach as a pet because of it’s cool green color and because it is not an invasive indoor species. It’s also used as food for other pets occasionally.
However cool these green roaches may look, they don’t belong in your home! If you spot a green roach or any other colored roach, contact us immediately and we’ll have your home roach-free in no time!
We are always on the lookout for green, eco-superior, and eco-benign products that will get rid of pests from your home and are safe for your family. And T·A·P (Thermal, Acoustical, Pest Control Insulation) fits the bill PERFECTLY!
We’ve shared with you before the benefits of using thermal, acoustical pest control in your home. It is truly amazing! Today we want to tell you how green T·A·P really is—in fact, it’s so green that it earned the ENERGY STAR AWARD from the US Environmental Protection Agency for its part in protecting America’s vital energy reserve! Wow!
87% of T·A·P is recovered newsprint! You remember those things called newspapers people used to read? Yeah, those! That newsprint was made from wood pulp from one our most precious resources: trees! In order to turn it into insulation, the newspaper is fed through an electric mill that explodes the fibers into a soft, gray, cotton-ball-like substance. These electric mills can be turned off, unlike the furnaces used for glass-fiber insulation.
On the other hand, regular insulation, which contains only 0-20% recycled content, is melted in giant gas-fired mills that remain on during down time and give off greenhouse gases. Additionally, it is then spun which requires even more energy. Starting to see how GREEN the production of T·A·P is?
Furthermore, paper, especially newsprint, is a large part of residential waste and a major disposal problem for communities throughout the country. Installing T•A•P in a 1500 ft. ranch-style home productively recycles as much newsprint as a family will consume in 40 years; not only recycles, but removes it from the waste stream permanently, greatly saving landfill space! Oh yeah, it’s green!
Not only does T•A•P have the recycling advantage over regular insulation, many independent insulation authorities agree that cellulose is the best fiber thermal insulation!
Spun glass fiber, a component of regular insulation, allows air to move more readily through it. This means, during summer, regular fiberglass insulation lets the radiant heat from the sun heat up our ceilings, so that the AC has to run longer to cool the house. And in winter, warm air from inside the house escapes through the ceiling and is replaced by heavier cold air, making our heating system work harder and longer! All of this equals more cost! T•A•P is denser than fiber glass which means it slows the movement of air, creating a better insulating effect. Typical energy savings from choosing T•A•P will range from 20 to 38%…now that’s good news!
Since T•A•P is blown into attics and never cut or trimmed on the job, there is virtually no waste! Any excess T•A•P is swept up and fed back into the hopper for re-use. And if T•A•P ever must be removed because of damage (e.g., flooding or animal destruction), it may be placed in land fills without restriction and presents no environmental hazard.
T•A•P is also an EPA-labeled building product which has undergone “Fungi Resistance” testing! Other forms of insulation do not have this and may experience mold growth during construction or under moist conditions!
So, in a nutshell, it takes less energy to make T·A·P; it takes less energy to heat and cool your home with T·A·P; and T·A·P presents no environmental hazard if ever removed.
Wow! Can you get much greener than T·A·P? We love this product and all the benefits it provides! If you are ready to add this powerful, green insulation and bring your attic up to EPA recommended levels, contact us today and we’ll get the process started!