Last week we shared with you Part 1 of Frequently Asked Questions about TAP (Thermal Acoustical Pest Control).
This revolutionary green insulation is changing how people insulate their homes.
So, without further ado, here is Part 2!
Q: Isn’t cellulose insulation a fire hazard?
First of all, most houses are cellulose (made from wood and forest products). TAP actually contains a fire-retardant that makes homes safer in the event of fire, unlike traditional fiberglass insulation which can melt, creating a chimney-like effect in a wall. TAP, with its fire-retardant properties, does not hold a flame and instead, forms a ‘charred’ surface barrier which limits the spread of fire.
Q: What is TAP made of?
TAP is made from recycled paper and specially formulated borates.
Q: Who can install TAP?
Because TAP 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 require that TAP can only be installed by licensed pest management professionals.
Q: How much does TAP cost?
The cost of installing TAP varies depending on several factors including access, location, market, size, etc. TAP is a product for the selective homeowner who wants the best for their home.
Q: How will TAP reduce my bills?
TAP keeps homes cooler in summer and warmer in winter by reducing the ability for heat to transfer through walls and attics. Since TAP is denser than fiberglass insulation, air does not move through it well. It resists heat transfer by convection, as well as conduction and radiation. And, your heating and cooling systems will not need to work as hard, saving you money.
Q: Does TAP control mice, rats, or squirrels?
A: No, TAP does not effect mice, rodents, or squirrels; however, it does not act as a food source for these animals.
Q: I’ve heard contractors say “regular” insulation is “the same thing” as TAP, is this true?
No, TAP can only be installed by licensed pest management professionals. If you’re ever told that a product can affect insects, ask to see the EPA label.
Q: Does TAP “repel” or “resist” insects?
No, TAP is lethal to certain insects that come in contact with the insulation. Many companies allege that boric acid in their product “resists” or “repels” insects. Scientific studies show that boric acid is undetectable to insects. How can an insect be repelled from something that they cannot detect? So be aware that individuals or companies that make such claims are uninformed about the scientific properties of boric acid and how it works to kill bugs.
Still undecided about the superior nature and quality of TAP? Feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to answer any further questions you may have.
Source: TAP Pest Control