What does T A P stand for?
Thermal Insulation is a material having air-filled cells or voids, or heat-refelctive surfaces, which retard the transfer of heat to cold.
Acoustical Insulation retards the transmission of sound.
Pest Control Insulation, while performing the primary function of thermal & acoustical, is labeled to control listed pests.
TAP® Pest Control Insulation serves as a blanket for your home when installed in the attic. The cellulose fibers interconnect to create a nearly perfect balance of the two qualities homeowners should look for in their insulation: dense enough to stop air flow while light enough to trap heat. Heat flows much easier through hard materials than through air. The small paper fibers of TAP® Pest Control Insulation interconnect to create small pockets of air which work to slow the overall flow of heat through the insulation. The thing that makes TAP® Pest Control Insulation unique is the paper fibers are heavy enough to also slow the flow of air through the insulation.
TAP® Pest Control Insulation works extremely well at reducing the amount of sound that flows through the ceiling of your home. Many of the properties of TAP® Pest Control Insulation that provide the thermal benefits also contribute to the acoustical benefits. Just like it is easier for heat to flow through solid materials, it is also easier for sound to flow through solid materials. The small air pockets created by the interconnection of the paper fibers in TAP® Pest Control Insulation, reduce the amount of sound transmitted from fiber to fiber. Sound is ultimately reduced through the section of the ceiling where TAP® Pest Control Insulation is installed.
Pest Control Benefits
TAP® Pest Control Insulation is a unique form of pesticide for your attic as well as an excellent insulation material. The key aspect of TAP® Pest Control Insulation that provides the pesticide benefit is the use of a very specialized form of borate material as an additive to the paper fibers. Once an insect comes in contact with TAP® Pest Control Insulation, the borate particles become connected to the insect. Since most household insects are ‘self-grooming,’ they will ultimately ingest the particles which begins the process of killing the insect. The particles work to kill the insect by disrupting the insect’s digestive process causing the insect to starve.
Many homes have openings around the base of the exterior as well as at the entry points (doors, windows, plumbing, etc.) of the home. In many instances, homeowners believe that when they paint their home the openings are sealed with the caulking provided by painters and those openings are enclosed so pests cannot enter. In most cases painters caulk to provide an aesthetically pleasing finish and are not concentrating on keeping pests out of the home. General Exterminating looks for places painters may miss and fills those spaces with a variety of sealants that expand and contract with the home providing the homeowner with the aesthetically pleasing finish as well as a barrier against unwanted pests.