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Deter wildlife living in your home with Icynene insulation

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Deter wildlife living in your home with Icynene insulation

There are plenty of reasons why homeowners want to install better spray foam insulation products. Managing heating and cooling costs, keeping out moisture and improving the quality of life within a home are all bonuses awarded through the addition of the right insulation options. However, these same qualities are also what makes burrowing into houses so appealing to regional wildlife.

Detecting animal issues
Icynene spray foam insulation forms a seal throughout a house that deters these animals. By adding spray foam to every nook and cranny, it's simple to deter critters from digging into attics or working their way into crawl spaces, thereby reducing the impact these creatures can have on your house. There are signs you can look out for that indicate if animals are already present, though, and find ways to stop them from impacting your home.

According to The Regional News, the fall and winter months are the most likely times to locate the presence of small animals in and around your home. Looking for gnaw marks and broken pieces of infrastructure, such as cracked siding and holes around the foundation, all show that animals have been working on living in and around your home. Loose boards and frayed wires are also good indicators that there are other beings besides people trying to make your house their primary dwelling space. The most telling sign, however, is the sound of squeaking or scampering during the night, as that is when many wall- and insulation-dwelling animals are most active.

Apart from creating a general nuisance and ruining the efficiency of heating and cooling systems throughout a house by destroying insulation, animals can also create significant health problems for residents. As The Regional News wrote, these creatures often carry diseases and pests of their own, introducing many elements that could cause negative air quality factors in a house. By allowing animals to make their nests in your house, you could be inviting a slew of bad health threats into your life.

A range of reasons
These threats aren't limited just to homes. Animals are known for making their houses in a variety of different insulation environments. Gizmodo reported that even NASA struggles to put the right resources into some of their rockets, experiencing significant space-launch issues when they find that birds and other wild beasts have burrowed into rocket insulation. The source indicated that a pair of woodpeckers had drilled a hole into the external insulation of a fuel tank in 1995, creating a delay in lift-off procedures. The agency has since installed a variety of other technological deterrents to keep animals at bay.

Homeowners have fewer resources and smaller budgets than a federal agency so finding affordable and effective solutions is imperative. Icynene spray foam insulation delivers a degree of moisture and since it is not considered a food source provides a deterrent for animals nesting in the home. Creating a seal inside walls, floors, ceilings, attics, crawl spaces and basements makes it impossible for wildlife to dig into these substances and make their way into your house. What's more, because this substance doesn't break down the way fiberglass products do, creatures of all kinds won't be able to use Icynene as a food source or nesting material. This will help further deter animal activity.

Talk to an Icynene insulation contractor about the areas most likely to fall victim to animal activity, seeking out the warmest and most accessible parts of a house.

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