The Obnoxious American

If one were to poll pest control customers about what they thought was the most disgusting insect, there’s a good chance the American cockroach would come out on top. First of all, it’s large and scary, it’s very fast, and when it proliferate it stinks. Add to this that the American cockroach is one of the few cockroaches that readily flies and you’ve got one obnoxious pest.

American cockroaches live longer and are slower to reproduce that the more common German cockroach. The American cockroach female only produces 16 eggs as compared to the German cockroach which produces 36 eggs. If American cockroaches are left undisturbed, they can build impressive populations.

An American cockroach can survive in places with little food. They are relatively common in storm drain systems, basements, and storage areas. These cockroaches often feed on glues and starches associated with boxes and papers.

InCide® Pest Control Insulation installed in walls can help eliminate the infestation of cockroaches. Whether you are building a new home or have an existing home, InCide® can be easily installed. Not only will InCide® Pest Control Insulation save you money on your monthly utility costs. But, will give you piece of mind knowing those pesky roaches will not survive the pest control properties not found in other types of insulation.

Unlike many household pests, cockroaches are prevalent year-round. Homeowners attempting to control cockroaches themselves may find this to be a difficult task. You should contact a professional pest management company to eliminate a cockroach problem.

Since InCide® may only be installed by a licensed pest control operator, ask them how you can reduce the risk of cockroach infestation in your walls and save money on your monthly utility cost.

FIBER-LITE Cellulose Insulation the Perfect Solution for Cathedral Ceilings

Cathedral ceiling construction is more susceptible to moisture damage than open attic construction. The construction of a cathedral ceiling creates air spaces in rafter cavities. Filling the cathedral ceiling with FIBER-LITE Cellulose Insulation is a very effective way to block the air movement.

Application Procedure

Dry Pack:

Construction of a barrier by using reinforced poly webbing (spray mesh) or sheetrock is required. FIBER-LITE Cellulose Insulation is applied by inserting the hose into the cavity starting at the top to about 12” to 18” from the soffit area. The material is blown into the cavity at a density of 3.0 lbs./ft.3 or greater. As the material slows almost to a stop the hose is extracted and the procedure is repeated until the cavity is filled. We recommend the dry pack procedure for residential construction.

Spray Applied:

The procedure is much the same as cavity spray for walls except a liquid adhesive must be used to retain the FIBER-LITE Cellulose Insulation in the cavity. Encotec 10X Adhesive is used with the following water to adhesive dilution ratios:

6” to 8” – 6 to 1

8” to 10” – 5 to 1

10” to 12” – 4 to 1

After the FIBER-LITE Cellulose insulation cures, the sheetrock may be installed. We recommend the spray application on metal roof systems.

Scientific research has found the use of vent chutes is not necessary when cellulose insulation is properly installed.

 

 

Interesting Facts About Ants

Ants are very common almost anywhere you live, but certain species of ants are truly unique and can provide insight on a range of topics from social behavior to traffic patterns. Here are some interesting facts about ants.

Ant colonies come in all shapes and sizes. A few species live in colonies of only a few dozen ants; however, the average ant colony contains thousand of individual ants. Smaller colonies live in natural crevices or openings while larger colonies create vast nests and forage for supplies and food. There are super colonies that can contain more than 300 million individuals. These super colonies have been identified in the Unites States, Japan, Australia, and southern Europe.

Ants are very social insects, and they divide jobs among different types of ants in each colony. The queen or queens have only one job and that is to lay eggs. All other female ants are workers; they feed the larvae, take out the colony’s trash, forage for food and supplies, or defend the nest. Male ants’ only job is to mate with the queen.

Ants do not have ears. Instead they hear by feeling vibrations in the ground. Special sensors on their feet and their knees help ants interpret signals from their surroundings. They also use their antennae and the hairs on their body o feel around while foraging for food.

Ants can lift 10-50 times their body weight. Because ants are so small, their muscles are thicker relative to their body mass than in larger animals. This allows ants to carry objects much heavier and bigger than them. To put it into perspective, if humans could lift 10 times their weight, a 200-pound man could live a small car above his head.

Ants are most commonly found in kitchens, bathrooms, inside walls, bedrooms, and basements and are common in almost any type of structure.

Although ants may have some fascinating features, ant control and management around the home are important for health and safety reasons. InCide® Pest Control Insulation will kill ants upon contact with the insulation and is intended to prevent infestations anywhere the product is applied.

If you suspect an ant infestation, contact a professional pest control company and ask them how InCide Pest Control Insulation can help reduce ant infestation in your home.

 

 

 

Arkansas Announces Residential Energy Efficiency Loan Loss Reserve Program

On Wednesday, July 11 the Arkansas Energy Office, a division of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission announced the launch of the Residential Energy Efficiency Loan Loss Reserve Program. The program will provide funds to participants offering residential on-bill re-payment or on-bill financing programs to their customers for energy efficiency improvements such as insulation, duct sealing and HVAC replacement.

Program participants include municipal utility districts, electric cooperatives of Arkansas, investor-owned utility providers and any credit union or other capital providing working with program participants.

The program has four goals:

  • For energy providers to encourage residential investment in energy efficiency upgrades or improvements that reduce energy consumption.
  • Reduce fossil fuel emissions while maintaining service level and delivery to ratepayers, and maximize benefits for local and regional communities.
  • Reduce required energy production in the region through implements of demand side management.
  • Improve energy efficiency of ratepayer’s residential building stock.

The initial program has $475,000 available. Funds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applications will be reviewed based on responses to the application questions. Due to limited funding available, participants will be awarded access to funds on a competitive basis.

“We are very excited in the Arkansas Energy Office about this program,” said Sara Telano, AEO’s contracts and grant manager. “There is no question that Arkansans benefit from implementing residential energy efficiency measures and this program will offer resources to help make that happen even more. “

For more information and an application, visit www.arkansasenergy.org or call 800-558-4567.

Commercial Pest Control

Your home is often considered your biggest lifetime investment. However, if you own a business, you know how critical commercial pest control is to protecting your investment from pests and rodents.

From building a positive reputation to increasing your revenue, your customers are at the heart of what you do. Pests and rodents in your business can affect the way your customers view you and your company. They can pose serious risks to the health of your employees and the safety of your property. Even though pests and rodents are small, their affect on your business bottom line can be enormous.

InCide® Pest Control Insulation is the perfect insulation for virtually any new construction or retrofit project. InCide® works directly in walls and attics where bugs and pests infiltrate and live. Pests are killed upon contact with the insulation.

InCide® Pest Control Insulation is a superior product that provides permanent and continuous pest protection. The savings on heating and cooling costs plus the added pest protection make InCide® a great investment in your business.

InCide® will not replace routine pest control and may only be installed by a licensed pest management company. If you are building a commercial building or have an existing building, ask your pest control company about InCide® Pest Control Insulation.

Ants # 1 Nuisance Pest

For many Americans, ant infestations are an irritating nuisance and a source of disgust, concern and frustration. Ants are considered one of the most difficult pests to control, along with bed bugs.

Ant infestations are especially common in the following structures:

  • Office Buildings (88%)
  • Restaurants (83%)
  • Apartments and condominiums (82%)
  • Single-family homes (80%)
  • Nursing homes (70%)
  • Hospitals (58%)
  • Schools (58%)
  • College dormitories (34%)

Within these structures, the following areas were found to be particularly vulnerable:

  • Kitchens (96%)
  • Bathrooms (89%)
  • Inside walls (73%)
  • Bedrooms (61%)
  • Living rooms (60%)
  • Basements (54%)
  • Air conditioning and heating units (37%)

When ants are found, pest professionals control them with a variety of exterior and interior treatments, as well as sanitation efforts like eliminating the sources of their food and water.

InCide® Pest Control Insulation will kill ants upon contact with the insulation and is intended to prevent infestations anywhere the product is applied. InCide® is treated with a highly-effective pesticide and fire retardant. It is highly recommended for use in new construction and retrofit application in attics, sidewalls and crawl spaces.

InCide® is authorized by USDA for use in federally inspected meat and poultry plants and is recommended for houses, apartments, offices, food processing plants, hospitals, restaurants, schools and hotels. InCide® is certified and approved by the EPA and may only be installed by a licensed pest management company.

 

 

 

 

 

Cathedral Ceilings vs. Vaulted Ceilings

As all insulation contractors know, not all attic spaces are created equal. The insulator’s idea of the perfect attic would be above a level ceiling with lots of headroom. However, this is not always the case. Many builders and homeowners use vaulted and cathedral ceilings as part of their home designs. In order to properly insulate these areas, the most important step is correctly identifying the ceiling type.

A cathedral ceiling is part of the roof system and thermal envelope. The underside, or sheet rock facing, is directly exposed to the living area of the home. The outside, or roof cladding, is exposed to the outdoor environment. These two components run parallel to one another and are separated only by the roof rafters. To properly insulate a cathedral ceiling with cellulose insulation, Fiberlite recommends completely filling each rafter cavity. Ventilation is not necessary for this application.

A vaulted ceiling is not part of the roof system. The ceiling does not usually run parallel to the roofline, and is not attached directly to the roof rafters. This type of construction is treated as a standard attic space. To proper insulate a vaulted ceiling, a backer board should be installed at the bottom ends of the vault as well as on the sides. This effectively creates a box to contain the insulation so that it remains in place. If the peak of the ceiling rises above the level of insulation, additional containment measures may be necessary.

As you can see, while these two ceiling types may have similar appearances inside the home, they are vastly different in construction. They cannot be insulated in the same way and still be thermally efficient. If you have any questions about how to identify vaulted and cathedral ceilings or how to properly insulate them using FIBER-LITE Cellulose Insulation, please give us a call.

Where Do Ants Hide?

If you have ever found ants crawling across the kitchen counter or noticed a trail of little black ants on the bathroom floor, you are probably not alone.  Ants often enter homes during the warmer months in search of water and food.  With the summer season upon us, now is the perfect time to learn more about the #1 nuisance pest and how to prevent an unwanted infestation.

It is probably not a surprise the kitchen is considered a favorite ant hangout.  In addition to food access, the sink provides a water source that ants need to survive. Here are a few tips to keep ants out of the kitchen:

  • Store sweet staples like sugar, syrup, and honey in plastic containers that snap shut.  You can also place a bay leaf inside canisters of dry goods like flour to keep the ants out.  The herbs’ pungent scent repels ants another other common pantry pest.
  • Clean up grease spills from countertops and floors as soon as they happen.
  • Any empty juice or soda containers should be rinsed out before recycling or throwing away.  Take the trash out regularly.
  • Check for water buildup in sinks and leaks around the faucets.

Bathrooms are highly susceptible to ant infestation.  Carpenter ants, for example, often build nests in damp areas like behind bathroom tiles or under sinks.  To prevent an infestation in the bathroom, homeowners should:

  • Occasionally, inspect sinks, toilets, and tubs for any leaks.
  • Give the bathroom a thorough cleaning with a disinfectant cleaner.
  • Check to ensure shampoo, lotion, and soap bottles are secured and have not spilled out of their containers.

Other common hideouts of ants are inside walls, bedrooms, living rooms, basements, and HVAC units.

Experts recommend sealing any cracks with silicone caulk, repairing holes in window and door screens, replace weather-stripping, and fix loose mortar around the basement foundation and windows.

When ants are found, pest professionals control them with a variety of exterior and interior treatments, as well as sanitation efforts like eliminating the sources of their food and water.

InCide® Pest Control Insulation will kill ants upon contact with the insulation and is intended to prevent infestations anywhere the product is applied.  InCide® is treated with a highly effective pesticide and fire retardant.  It is highly recommended for use in new construction and retrofit application in attics, sidewalls, and crawl spaces.

InCide® is authorized by USDA for use in federally inspected meat and poultry plants and is recommended for houses, apartments, offices, food processing plants, hospitals, restaurants, schools and hotels.  InCide® is certified and approved by the EPA and may only be installed by a licensed pest management company.

Green Homes Show Growth

Residential construction in a key engine behind economic growth and single and multifamily housing projects account for approximately 45% of the value of all construction projects.  The growth in the housing industry is expected to continue at a steady pace in the coming years.

Since 2006 the evolution of green building for single family homes has grown significantly.  Buyers are willing to pay more for green features.  Many lenders and appraisers throughout the country are recognizing the value of green homes.

More builders are engaging in sustainable building practices with consumers demanding higher quality homes and taking advantage of utility incentives.