Does Insulation Keep Pests and Bugs Out?

We all know that insulation helps ensure our homes are comfortable throughout the year by keeping our inside air in and the outside air out. But did you know that attic insulation in Sacramento, CA has a number of other benefits that include keeping pests out of your home? It’s true! Keep reading to learn more about how insulation helps keep your home pest-free.

How does it work?

Before most types of insulation are installed, they’re treated with boric acid or other pest-blocking chemicals that’ll harm the insect or rodent if digested. Cockroaches are opportunistic omnivores, meaning they’ll eat practically anything that you put in front of them—and this includes your insulation! However, as soon as they eat the treated insulation or groom themselves after crawling through it, they die.

As you probably know, there are tons of different types of insulation on the market that all vary in effectiveness in terms of keeping heat in and keeping pests out. Spray foam insulation is great at preventing insect infestations, since it expands when installed to block all access points in your home. However, mice and rats can easily chew through it to make themselves at home in your attic. Talk to your insulation contractor about which type of insulation is best at preventing an infestation.

Are there any downsides to insulation?

Unfortunately, it’s not all roses when it comes to insulation and pest problems. Old insulation can actually be a hotbed for cockroaches and other insects. As mentioned above, cockroaches will gladly eat your insulation. If this insulation is outdated or not properly treated, those pests can live fat and happy in your insulation for years without your knowing it.

Our advice? Call an expert! We’ll come out to your home and perform a full inspection of your insulation. If we notice that your insulation is old, or if there are any signs of pests, we’ll replace it with new insulation that’s sure to keep your home both more comfortable and free of any cockroaches, mice and other pests.

Does my insulation need to be replaced?

Though it’s certainly unpleasant, a pest infestation doesn’t necessarily mean you have an insulation issue. However, you might still need to replace your insulation or add to what you already have. If you’re uncomfortably hot in the summer or cold in the winter, you could probably benefit from adding insulation to your walls, attic or even your crawlspace. Additionally, if you’re tired of paying an arm and a leg for your heating and cooling bills, insulation can help. Bolstering insulation obviously isn’t free, but the long-term upsides far outweigh what you’ll pay to have more insulation installed throughout your home.

If you have a pest problem or an issue with the comfort level in your home, be sure to give us a call. When it comes to attic insulation in Sacramento, CA, nobody can beat 5 Star Performance Insulation, Inc. We have over a decade of experience installing all sorts of insulation in homes of all shapes and sizes. Reach out today to learn more!

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