Rats & Pests Prevention
Many homeowners who have fiberglass insulation can tell you how the skin-irritating material can make an excellent nest for various types of pests. The warmth and shelter are ideal for rats and mice to settle down and nest inside your attic and walls, and certain insects prefer the safety and solitude away from potential predators. Because pests find so many advantages to nesting in insulation, it can make pest management that much harder in your home.
Prevent Rodents From Entering Your Home
Rodents typically gain access to your insulation through your attic or walls. Not only can mice and rats cause damage to your home by chewing electrical wires or creating holes in the structure, they can also spread disease through their droppings and urine. Since rodents tend to find their way into your attic and walls from other areas of the house, one of the most reliable ways to keep rodents out of your insulation is to bar their entry into your home to begin with. Therefore, inspecting your home for cracks and crevices is a critical step to rodent prevention. Removing food sources and desirable nesting spots from the interior and exterior of your home is also in your best interest.
Remember that many rodents can squeeze through openings as small as a quarter of an inch. Look for cracks and holes around the foundation of your home, between your roof and your eaves, and points where pipes and wires enter your home.
Cellulose Insulation Acts Like A Pest Prevention Method
Certain types of household pests can be eliminated through the installation of cellulose insulation. Not only is the insulating material environmentally friendly (it’s made of recycled newspaper), the insulation is treated with boric acid, which serves as a flame retardant and a deterrent to fungus. The boric acid can also act as a pesticide, discouraging pests from entering and nesting inside your walls and ceilings.
Cellulose insulation exterminates self-grooming insects that infiltrate your walls when the insects lick their appendages to clean their bodies. Self-grooming insects include ants, termites, cockroaches, crickets, centipedes, and millipedes. Cellulose insulation doesn’t quite have the same effect on small mammals like rodents and squirrels, since they are able to filter out toxins through their liver. The cellulose material works by providing inadequate housing for these smaller mammals who prefer to live in more structurally sound environments.