How To Keep Pests From Making Your Home Insulation Their Cozy Home: Two Options In Pest-Resistant Insulation
While you may be at least somewhat familiar with the different basic types of home insulation available today, you may be looking for something more than ordinary insulation. If you want home insulation that does double duty by keeping your home properly protected and preventing pest infestation, here are two options that will insulate your home effectively while they keep the pests away.
Spray Foam Insulation
Spray foam insulation is blown into walls, attics, and other areas using a large hose and nozzle. This kind of insulation can be an excellent choice for areas of all sizes, but it is especially ideal for small or hard-to-reach areas that other insulation simply won't fit into. Spray foam insulation is made from materials including polyurethane and other chemicals in the isocyanate family.
Spray foam insulation is treated with a pest repellent like borate. When pests try to burrow into insulation, the borate will attach to their bodies. Ingestion then occurs during grooming. Borate is not toxic to humans unless it is ingested.
Blanket insulation is one of the most common kinds of insulation and is also one of the oldest. It comes in both rolls (long continuous pieces) and batts (pre-cut sections) and is best for large open areas like attics and walls. Blanket insulation is usually made of fiberglass, cellulose, or natural fiber. The only kind of blanket insulation that can repel pests is cellulose.
Cellulose blanket insulation is treated for pest resistance with the same pest control substance used in spray foam insulation, borate. In some cases, ammonium sulfate is also used because it prevents pests and has the added benefit of being fire resistant. Cellulose blanket insulation is the least expensive option for pest control insulation.
Some homeowners who want pest resistant insulation choose a mixture of spray foam insulation (for the small or tightly spaced areas) and cellulose blanket insulation (for the ceilings, floors, and other large areas in the home.) Since insulation is something that you need to have in a safe and comfortable home anyway, it just makes sense to go with an option that gives you some extra protection from pests.
There is no reason to allow pests to burrow into your insulation to settle in for a long cozy winter. Contact your local insulation contractor to ask about the two pest-resistant insulation options discussed above.
For more information, contact Kirkland's Pest Control or a similar company.