Tap Insulation Review

TAP insulation logoTrying to pick the right type of insulation for your home can give you a headache! You’ve got R values to consider as well as the type and age of your home.

Then, you’ve got lots of product choices including cellulose, blown-in insulation, and even specialty products like TAP.

So how do you know what’s best for you? Our suggestion: research and read reviews.

In this article, we’ll give you a full review of TAP Insulation including what the product is designed to do as well as a detailed assessment of whether or not it works.

What Makes TAP Different?

TAP is similar to “traditional” insulation in that it is cellulose-based, blown-in insulation.

When they actually see the product, the logical first question most people have is “how is TAP different from normal insulation”? After all…it looks the same.

TAP is infused with Borate, a product that helps control roaches, earwigs, and other pests.  Now, don’t be alarmed. Borate is found in all sorts of household products like soap and shampoo. Not a problem for humans. But bugs sure hate it.

Why We Started Carrying TAP Insulation

Our crusade to get rid of bugs takes us into a whole lot of attics. And when we get up there, things aren’t always pretty.

We’ve seen attic insulation completely destroyed by years of unchecked pest problems. Rat urine. Roach droppings. You name it.

After we put an end to the pest problems in an attic that have gone on for too long, the insulation is often damaged beyond repair.

That’s when homeowners turn to an insulation contractor to sanitize their attic and replace the insulation.

Instead of replacing damaged or torn up insulation with the traditional product, we began installing TAP. This gives homeowners all the benefits of new high R-value insulation along with the added bonus of keeping their attics free of pests in the future.

It’s a win-win.

How TAP Insulation Works

TAP is similar to traditional blown-in insulation in that we blow it into all the same places you’d put spray foam or any other type of attic insulation.

If you’ve had older insulation in your attic for some time, TAP studies show that you’re going to immediately see a drop in your energy bills.

You can even add TAP insulation over your existing insulation if it’s relatively new. For instance, many new construction homes are insulated to meet minimum standards which require an R value of around 20.

Adding another 8-10 inches of TAP on top of that newer insulation should pay for itself in 2-3 years depending on your energy usage.

Also here in Louisiana you may qualify for a tax rebate as TAP is considered an energy star rated product. Check with your tax professional for details.

Keep Out Multiple Types of Pests

In addition to the well-documented energy savings, TAP will make sure you don’t have pests taking up residence in your attic.

Borate is designed to keep out creepy-crawlies like roaches, earwigs, spiders and the like.

 TAP Insulation Review – The Final Verdict

Our review of TAP is that it’s something of a no-brainer if you’re facing the prospect of insulating your attic.

It gives you all the energy savings and comfort benefits of high quality insulation combined with the added benefit of keeping pests out of your attic.

The one drawback? TAP is NOT a substitute for regular pest control.  TAP keeps pests out of your attic, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have pests outside your home trying to get in through other means. That’s where a highly skilled pest control technician comes in!

If you have any questions about whether or not TAP Insulation is right for your home, please contact us in Baton Rouge or Covington, LA. Our service area covers Lafayette to Mandeville, Covington, Slidell and the Northshore communities to the entire metro New Orleans area.

Waking up to your worst nightmare

You’re vaguely aware of an odd noise. It’s jagged. Like someone crinkling paper.  But it’s faint…a few rooms away.

You could hear it just enough to wake you from your sleep. But it’s 2:18 am and you’re groggy. Daylight savings time has been tough to get used to.

As you start to gather your senses in the darkness, you notice a strange scent. It’s ashy smelling. Almost grey. What is that?

Something’s burning.

The thought of fire is enough to cut through the fog and put you into full alert mode.  Fires are the subject of nightmares. And you’ve just woken up to one in your own home!

You wake your loved one with 2 shakes and a whisper. “Baby, I think there’s a fire.”

Your next thought is the kids. As you rush down the hallway to their room, you can feel the smoke getting thicker as it spills out of the attic staircase.

You put the kids over your shoulder even though they’re not yet awake.

No need to call the dog. He’s following your every footstep. He already knows something is wrong.

Your mind is racing…so many things to grab. Things you can’t replace.

But you realize you’ve already got the things you can’t replace…your spouse and your children.

As you get safely outside, you can see the flames through the attic window.

During the rush, somehow, without thinking, you managed to grab your phone and call 911. You can hear the fire department sirens in the distance.  They’ll be here soon.

An hour later, the fireman says “You don’t know how lucky you are.” He explains that the damage was limited to the attic. All of those valuables you thought were gone are safe and sound.  He explains: “Your home had a lightning strike. A direct hit.  But the insulation kept the fire from spreading.”


Yes insulation.

You see, earlier that year, we installed TAP Insulation in this client’s attic. Fire resistant TAP Insulation.

At the time they were thinking it would be nice to help keep pests out of the attic and save a few bucks.

Did they ever imagine that insulation might save their lives and their home from a fire?

Of course not. None of us ever think it will happen to us.

But sometimes it does. And that’s one of the big reasons we love installing TAP Insulation.

What is TAP insulation and how can it save you money? (And keep pests out!)

TAP insulationHave you heard of TAP insulation? Recently, the government passed a tax credit to refund home owners a percentage of their investment when purchasing this product for their homes.

But what is it and why should you invest in it?

TAP Pest Control Insulation boasts multiple benefits and is a cost-effective improvement you can make to your home. It’s the only product that has been registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to control pests while also having an Energy Star label and UL Classification.

What does that mean for you as a homeowner?

It can help you prevent and eliminate the spread of potentially disease-causing pests like cockroaches and termites while simultaneously saving you money on energy.

If you’re a budget-conscious homeowner, you’ll be thrilled. Here’s what you need to know about TAP insulation.

What is TAP?

TAP stands for Thermal Acoustical Pest Control Insulation. The insulation is composed of interconnecting paper fibers which are installed in the attic to help reduce sounds and regulate the temperature inside buildings. A layer of borate material is added to the fibers which actively helps to kill pests that come into contact with it.


Thermal Insulation Saves on Energy Bill

A major benefit are the savings which come as a result of the installation. TAP acts like a blanket for your home as the cellulose fibers interconnect to create an almost perfect degree of insulation. It’s light enough to keep heat trapped while being dense enough to prevent air flow. Homeowners can save up to 30% on their energy bill yearly!

Eliminate Outdoor Sounds

Do noises bother you? Would you like to create a quiet sanctuary at home? TAP Pest Control Insulation is highly effective at cutting down on the noise that often comes in through the ceiling of your home. How? Sound flows through solid materials just as easily as heat does. For this reason, the small air pockets found in the interconnecting fibers in the insulation can reduce the amount of noise being transmitted. When installed in the ceiling at a level of R-60, especially across your attic, typical outdoor sounds are almost 100% eliminated!

Keep Pests Out

On top of thermal and acoustical benefits, TAP Pest Control Insulation acts as an active form of pesticide for your attic space. How does it keep pests out? A unique borate material is added to the paper fibers to eliminate bugs. You may have heard of the material as it’s also commonly found in cabinets, baseboards of homes, and even on the perimeters of homes.

The producers add this borate material onto paper fibers during the manufacturing process. Paper fibers are naturally adhesive, which allows for the borate particles to stick to the fiber lightly, distributing them evenly all throughout the insulation. Once insects come in contact with borate, the particles attach to them. Ultimately, the insects ingest the particles as they groom themselves, disrupting their digestive process, and starving them to death.

This helps to reduce the amount of pests that make it into your living space, as well as preventing any from nesting in your attic.

Dugas Provides TAP Pest Control Insulation

Dugas Pest Control is now offering to install TAP Pest Control Insulation safely and professionally in your home. Not only will you be able to benefit from the multipurpose uses of TAP, but you will also be able to take advantage of the tax credit through Dec 31, 2016. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!

What Types of Pests Does TAP Insulation Control?

TAP insulation logo You definitely don’t want pests in your home; they scare the kids and some carry disease and bacteria! But even more than that, some pests can cause severe damage to the home.

By the time you see the effects of a pest infestation, it may be too late to prevent costly damage or illness. Fortunately, you don’t have to sit back and wonder if your home is being eaten away by annoying pests. TAP Insulation is the perfect product for eliminating pests in the home while at the same time offering noise reduction, energy conservation and money savings.

What is TAP Insulation?

TAP Insulation is a type of insulation that is made from recycled paper products and a borate-based solution that prevents pests from entering the home. Other insulation types do not provide this level of care, and TAP is the only pesticide that has earned itself the “Energy Star” certification. Since TAP can be applied directly over traditional insulation, it’s a smart investment for both new and existing homes.

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So what types of insects does TAP help control?

First consider how the insulation works. It contains a special, balanced formula of boric acid, which is toxic to pests. Self-grooming pests such as termites and cockroaches clean their bodies, ingesting the boric acid. They may be in the insulation passing through or nesting. When the boric acid builds up in the body, it causes the pests to die.

Since the borate product must be ingested, the insulation works best for self-grooming insects that will ingest the acid at some point during their stay in your walls. And, since borate cannot be detected, the pests will never know that they’re ingesting it. They also don’t build up a tolerance to it, so you can rely on TAP for a lifetime.

Below are the types of pests that TAP controls:

  • Ants
  • Cockroaches
  • Termites
  • Silverfish
  • Fleas
  • Waterbugs
  • Palmetto bugs

TAP does not work on squirrels, rodents or mice, but it does not act as a food source either. Contact Dugas Pest Control to learn more about controlling household pests with TAP Insulation.

Benefits of TAP Insulation

Dugas Pest Control provides extermination services for homes TAP Insulation is an innovative product that combines eco-friendly insulation and a borate-based product to ward off pests in homes and buildings. This insulation is made for both new and existing structures and can be easily laid over accessible insulation. Let’s take a look at the many benefits to choosing this type of insulation for your home and the differences it can make.


Benefits of TAP Insulation Include:

Money Savings – It’s estimated that 65% of American homes are under-insulated. With less insulation, heat escapes from the home and cold enters it, which means you may have difficulty keeping your home comfortable. When this happens, we crank up the heat, resulting in energy loss and costly bills.

TAP Insulation will lock in the heat, ward off the cold and keep your home comfortable. You’ll see this in your lowered utility bills each month, which is always a welcoming change.

Noise Reduction – Not only does TAP reduce noise from the outside, which is especially helpful if you live in a condo or townhome, but it also reduces noise from within the home. Think about how great it would be to not hear every toilet flush or appliance run from every room in the home.

Eco-Friendliness – Everyone wants to do their part to protect the environment, but you also want your home to be safe and healthy, and TAP will help you accomplish this. The product wards off insects, which keeps your home safer, but it’s also made from recycled paper products and is one of the greenest building products in the world. There is no waste, and the insulation reduces your home’s carbon footprint. Plus, TAP is the only product that is Energy Star rated and proven to repel pests.

Efficient – Compared to traditional insulation, TAP has 32% more efficiency and it outperforms other insulation types on noise and thermal qualities. It is made from 85% recycled paper products, and it relies on boric acid to do the job of controlling pests, which is low-toxic for animals and humans. With TAP, you’re accomplishing so many things with one product, while offering yourself long-term benefits of saving money, saving energy and reducing the number of creepy crawly pests around the home.

Contact Dugas Pest Control to learn more about TAP Insulation and how it can benefit your home.


What is TAP Insulation and How Does it Work?

Dugas pest control provides Tap Insulation service for residents in New Orleans and Baton Rouge Louisiana TAP Insulation is a type of green insulation that is used in both new and existing homes and buildings. In addition to the standard functions of insulation, TAP also controls pests such as cockroaches, ants and termites. When you combine both the eco-friendliness of the insulation and its ability to ward off common household pests, TAP Insulation becomes an optimal choice for homes and buildings.


How Does TAP Insulation Work?

TAP is made from recycled paper, and a borate-based pest control product is embedded in the insulation, which allows the insulation to function as it does. Pests cannot build up a tolerance to the borate product, which means that once the insulation is installed, it never needs to be replaced. As long as the insulation remains in the structure, it will continue to repel pests.

What happens to these insects is that when they crawl through or nest in the insulation, they ingest the boric acid. Many household pests are self-grooming, so at some point, they groom themselves and end up ingesting the boric acid. Once in the body, the boric acid accumulates in the gut and leads to death through means of dehydration or malnutrition. Thankfully, boric acid is not toxic to humans, so you can enjoy a truly safe product that repels pests.

How Is the Installation Done?

If you choose to have TAP installed, it can be laid right over your existing insulation. The only time that you would need to replace the insulation is if it were already damaged from pests. Otherwise, TAP is very easy to install and typically takes one day. Consider that TAP Insulation can absorb odors, reduce noise and help your home to become fully insulated; approximately 65% of American homes are under-insulated.

Isn’t My Current Insulation Enough?

Probably not. First, your home may be under-insulated as it is, and installing TAP will reduce your energy bills, reduce noise and properly insulate the home to where it should be. More importantly, it takes a certain formula of borates to ward off household pests, and TAP is specifically designed to accomplish this, unlike traditional cellulose insulation that works to reduce fungus and act as a flame retardant. Only products like TAP can be sold as pest control products because they have been thoroughly tested in a lab.

To learn more about how TAP Insulation can prevent pest problems in your home, contact Dugas Pest Control.