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Help deter pests with Icynene spray foam

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Help deter pests with Icynene spray foam

Every season has its particular pest problems. Spring and summer months are rife with ants, mosquitos and other flying nuisances. Whereas Fall and Winter are more likely to invite small animals such as mice, rats, possums and other creatures looking for safe places to build nests. Birds and snakes are also significant problems for homeowners in many parts of the country all year round.

Taking measures to deter these kinds of infestations can be aided with Icynene spray foam insulation, a product that seals the spaces between walls, around ducts and inside crawl spaces. With no food value within its properties, this insulating material helps deter bugs, animals and other pests that may want to nest in the structure of a home.

The presence of these pests is on the rise. According to a recent study by the U.S. Forest Services, some parts of the country are seeing targeted spikes in the amount of rodent, insect and other animal invasions. The study, published in the Diversity and Distributions journal, showed that the Northeast is receiving the brunt of critter concerns. Research revealed that bug-borne problems were by far the worst, with flying forest infestations presenting almost 80 foreign and destructive species in the region. What's more, 75 percent of these types of bugs were not present in the Northeast prior to 1940, indicating that the presence of such destructive insects is on the rise.

A growing pest problem
There are indications that the southwest is the next big target for invasive insects, according to the U.S. Forest Services report. Shipping lines and international trade is introducing a wide array of new species to the region, presenting problems for native animals and residential homeowners alike in combating these new immigrants. The study showed that both Asian and European bug volumes are on the rise, overtaking populations of insects that Americans are accustomed to fighting.

In order to deter these potential home invaders from nesting in their homes, homeowners should look into installing Icynene spray foam insulation. This kind of product promotes a seal all throughout the house, from interior walls and floors to roofs, attics, crawl spaces and basements. Comprehensive tests have shown that Icynene spray foam is not a food source for insects and small animals, deterring these pests from chewing or burrowing into insulation. This helps promote better structural integrity and keeps animals and insects from creating homes in yours.

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