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Multifunctional Benefits of TAP Insulation

Filed under: TAP Insulation — admin @ 4:59 pm June 26, 2015

Homeowners can reduce energy consumption and keep houses free of unwanted insects with multifunctional TAP insulation. A small investment in home maintenance can pay off for a lifetime. Take advantage of the application of TAP insulation. 

What is TAP Insulation?

TAP InsulationTAP is an abbreviation for Thermal Acoustical Pest Control. TAP insulation is an environmentally-friendly product that is permanent and effective. Composed of recycled newsprint and the natural boron compound, H3BO3, it is the only pest control application that has earned an Energy Star seal of approval. The use of cellulose from recycled sources reduces landfill waste and is considered green in all product life-cycles from production to performance and disposal. Bill Turk is the developer, co-founder and CEO of TAP insulation. He describes the specific details of TAP insulation in an interview with Sally Painter. According to Turk, lifetime protection from designated pests is coupled with energy savings of 20 percent or more. 

Benefits of TAP Insulation Include:


  • More thorough insulation. The air-filled pockets reduce the transfer of heat and cold. The cells fill holes better than traditional insulation, resulting in lower energy bills for consumers.
  • Better coverage. It can be blown into spaces atop of existing insulation or used as the sole insulating treatment. It can reach spaces that fiberglass insulation cannot.
  • Reduced noise. The additional insulation decreases the transmission of sound and makes for a quieter, more soothing environment.
  • Permanent pest control. Treatment with Boron helps to create a useful tool for pest control. It protects against termites, cockroaches, ants, silverfish, and other “self-grooming” insects. Insects are coated with the boron and ingest it when they groom. They do not consume the insulation. Insects do not build up a tolerance to the compound and the insulation needs no further treatment when properly installed.
  • Green materials and processes. A green product from production to application and disposal.
  • Approval from the EPA. EPA approval means that more than 100 studies and tests have analyzed the product. EPA ensures the safety of the pesticide when applied according to directions.

TAP insulation can only be applied by approved pest management professionals. Since 1970, Horizon Pest Control offers their expertise and pest protection plans to homeowners. Contact a friendly representative at 888.612.2847 for the best course of treatment for eliminating and preventing unwanted pests.



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How to NOT Bring Pests Home with You While Traveling

Filed under: Pest Control — admin @ 4:47 pm June 23, 2015

Avoid Pests While Traveling
When you go on vacation or a trip you want to bring back good memories, great experiences, maybe even some awesome pictures and cool souvenirs. What you don’t want to bring back are bedbugs, roaches, ticks, or termites.
Since so many people go through hotel rooms, it is pretty easy for an infestation to develop. Thing is, you don’t want to carry any of that home with you. These tips will help you make sure that you leave the pests where they are and keep your home critter free.

At the Hotel

At the HotelWhen you bring your bags in don’t set them on the hotel beds or furniture. Only put your bags, belongings, personal items, or clothing on the table that is in the room. The reason being that dressers, chairs, and nightstands are complex structures with lots of cracks and crevices. Many of them have drawers and various components to them that make fine hiding places for bedbugs, termites, and other insects. On the other hand, the table is a flat surface. In order for anything to get on something that is on the table it would have to crawl up from under the table. While some pests, like roaches, can crawl upside down like that, you still greatly minimize your contact with anything by following that simple step.
Always carry a flashlight with you when you travel. As soon as you get in the hotel room, before you bring in your luggage, examine all of the drawers, under overhangs on furniture, in cubbies, and other hidden areas before putting your things on them. You are looking for bed bugs primarily, but you should also keep your eyes open for roach feces (tiny dots or pellets) or egg sacs.
Before you get in the bed, turn down the sheets and raise the mattress cover. Examine the seams of the mattress, especially around the top and headboard area as well as the headboard itself. You are looking for bedbugs or evidence of bedbugs. If you see tiny black or dark red dots on the mattress pad or sheets, or if you see bed bugs, leave and report it to the front desk.
There are travel mattress covers that are supposed to prevent bedbugs, but if you conduct a thorough examination and take the precautions here the cover may not be necessary. If it gives you more peace of mind, though, then by all means do it.
If you do find bedbugs and choose to stay in the same hotel, don’t get an adjacent room. You want a room that is several rooms away in any direction because if one room is infested it is likely that the adjacent rooms are infested as well. Bedbugs can travel through the walls so you don’t want the room or either side, above, or below the one that you have found to have bedbugs.

BedbugAt Home

If you think you may have brought home bedbugs do not remove any of your luggage from your car. Take it straight to a commercial laundry to clean it and dry on the highest heat setting. Leave your suitcases and bags in a storage area that is not in your home until you can have them treated or disposed of. A pest professional can treat your luggage and other items to get rid of the pests.

Other Considerations

Be careful what your purchase while you are away. Many wooden items, especially those that are carved, can be infested with insects like termites, bedbugs, or even roaches. Even if you don’t see any live insects, they may be egg sacs in the crevices, drawers, or legs. These egg sacs can hatch and the larvae can mature and emerge in your home.
Be careful when you bring plants and flowers in, especially from other places. Potted plants often have various pests living in them. While these insects might not be a problem in a greenhouse they will definitely be a problem in your house. For instance, Asian cockroaches are notorious for being found in poinsettias – they love them.
Another thing that many people visiting the southern states like to bring home is Spanish moss. They use it to decorate in their homes, but it can bring a serious problem with it. Spanish moss is a favored harborage for ticks. They hide in the moss, you pick the moss thinking it is pretty, you bring it into your home as part of your décor and the next thing you know you have ticks in your home. That can be serious since ticks can carry Lyme disease.
Fresh Christmas trees are another potential pest carrier for unsuspecting homeowners. They can have praying mantis egg sacs on them. Outside where it is cold, these eggs are dormant. When you bring it inside where it is warm, they think it is spring and begin to emerge – and they can be in the thousands.
Flea MarketYou should also thoroughly examine items from yard sales, thrift stores and items you bring home from other people’s houses – furniture and electronics especially. When you bring items from someone else’s home they can have pests hiding in the items. It doesn’t matter if you don’t see actual insects in the person’s home, there can still be some hiding, especially if the item is in a garage or basement. Spiders like those areas and may decide to make that item their home so when you bring it to your house you have just welcomed them as well.
Roaches love to hide in electronics like TVs, radios, and DVD players. It doesn’t take much either. One radio that is infested with German cockroaches can lead to an infestation your entire home.
You should also be careful of what people bring into your home. Houseguests can bring roaches, or bedbugs with them – and leave them when they go.
Remember, when you transfer one item from one environment into your environment you are inviting any pest that is associated with that item into your home. When you take an item from your home, transfer it to another environment, and then bring it back home, you have exposed it to whatever pests were there. Be mindful of what you do and examine everything. If you are vigilant your chances of bringing in pests are minimal. If you find that you do have unwanted houseguests (not of the two legged variety, sorry) call a pest professional to manage the problem and help you stay pest free.

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How to Prevent Mosquitoes from Biting

Filed under: Mosquito Control — admin @ 2:04 am June 19, 2015

Mosquito Control


Although the biggest percentage of deaths from mosquitoes are among children and the elderly in underdeveloped countries, it is still possible to contract diseases from mosquitoes in the United States because of the growing number of world travelers. And if you have dogs or horses, mosquitoes are responsible for the spread of heartworms and other diseases.

Are Mosquitoes Attracted to Certain People?


It is the female mosquito that bites, and she doesn’t use the blood she gets from you for food. (She and the male mosquito feast off of nectar like many other flying insects). She uses your blood to nourish her eggs, and she is picky. Researchers have determined that one in ten people are more attractive to the mosquito’s quest for blood. Researchers haven’t yet determined exactly why the mosquito seems to prefer someone else to bite over another. They do know that genetics plays a huge part, and they have identified certain elements of body chemistry on the surface of the skin that attracts mosquitoes.


Any kind of carbon dioxide is attractive to mosquitoes. Larger people may be more attractive because they produce more carbon dioxide. So do pregnant women. When you work up a sweat working or playing outdoors, the panting from your heavy breathing also exerts carbon dioxide. They are also attracted to the lactic acid that sweat contains. Additionally, the more you move around, the more attractive you are because the mosquitoes can sense movement.

Keeping Mosquitoes under Control

Mosquito Control


To control mosquitoes, it is important to eliminate standing water. This is their breeding grounds. Many good commercial products are on the market to help fight the battle of mosquitoes. These include misting systems, air curtains, and portable traps and systems. Citronella candles are often used on patios to repel mosquitoes.


Chemical-based repellents for use on the skin include DEET, picaridin, methofluthen, and IR3535, better known as Avon’s Skin So Soft. For those who like to avoid the use of chemicals, researchers have found several oils that repel mosquitoes for a short period. These include cedar, lemongrass, peppermint, and oil of eucalyptus.

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Importance of Checking For Termites

Filed under: Termite Control,Termites — admin @ 1:39 am June 16, 2015

Termite Control


There is a common misconception that termites only affect people with houses that are made out of wood, but in reality, it doesn’t matter if your house is made of wood, brick, stucco, or other materials. Termites are not only attracted to wood; they are also attracted to materials that contain cellulose, like the cellulose insulation in your home, drywall, and the framing timbers all over the house.

Despite their small size, termites can be very destructive because they live in colonies of millions. Not only are there a lot of them, each termite can eat up to 3 percent of their body weight, and they can cause a lot of damage in a short amount of time. Having a termite infestation in your house can be a very expensive problem for a homeowner to have, which is why it is a good idea to get your home checked for termites on a regular basis.

What Are The Signs of A Termite Infestation?


Termite DamageThere are some common telltale signs that let you know that you have a termite infestation, some of the most common are:


• The presence of mud like materials that usually start from the ground, and are found on walls, leading to wood. These are generally referred to as mud tunnels and are the size of a pencil. They usually connect the nest to the food source, but sometimes they are there for different reasons. The tunnels that start from the ground and don’t connect to the wood are there for exploratory reasons, while the tunnels that originate from the wood and touch the ground are known as drop tunnels, because they help the termites get back to their nest.

• The presence of a swarm of insects that look like flying ants around light sources. This usually indicates that a nest is nearby.

• Piles of wings on the floor in your home without any insect bodies indicate the shedding of wings, which is common with termites.

• Tiny holes in wood or damaged wood is generally a good indicator that you have a termite problem. You can easily tell if a piece of wood is damaged by tapping a hammer on it, which should produce a hollow sound, or by probing the surface with a pen knife.


If you notice any of these things, it means that you have a termite infestation in your home. In this situation, the smartest thing to do is to call a pest control specialist to come check out your house to find out just how badly infested your home is, and to treat the problem. They are professionally trained, and will be able to find the termite nest more easily that you will be able to, and they will also know the most effective way to get rid of the termites.
It is not necessary to treat your home for termites every year, but it is recommended that you have a specialist come and check your house for termite infection every year. That way, they can catch it on time, in the event that you have it, and prevent serious damage to your home. If you notice your neighbors getting their house treated for termites, it is also a good idea to have a specialist come check your house after, to make sure that the termites from your neighbor’s house migrate over to your home and cause damage without you knowing.


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