Living in Florida, one of the termite capitals of the world, having to pitch a tent at home every five years to keep out drywood termites ("normal" practice here for those who live in a ~100-year-old home) has very old. It would be even better if there were more building products that addressed the fact that homeowners are constantly battling cockroaches, termites, and ants on a weekly, if not daily basis. Some companies, such as Orkin and GreenFiber, seem to get this, and OrkinTherm blown-in insulation with a pest control system looks promising.
GreenFiber, a manufacturer of cellulose insulation, has teamed up with "The Orkin People" to offer homeowners a revolutionary pest control solution to their insect problems called OrkinTherm Blow-in Insulation with Pest Control. These new products are now available in retail stores for the first time—starting at select Home Depot stores only. Unfortunately, they appear to be starting in Texas, but let's hope the product receives general feedback and sales, and spreads to the rest of the country.
I've been baffled for years why companies haven't figured out that adding pesticides to drywall, insulation, and even flooring is a no-brainer solution – and they can easily charge 10% (or more ) markup. With OrkinTherm Blown-in Insulation with Pest Control, homeowners can install the product over existing insulation, so you get the benefits of energy efficiency and pest control all in one. We like that this works for existing homes or new construction – both seem to benefit equally easily.
Treated with a long-lasting pest control formula, the eco-friendly insulation is EPA registered to help keep cockroaches, termites, ants and many other pests at bay against over 10 invasive pests. Although recommended for use in attics, a common entry point for pests in the home, OrkinTherm can also be used on walls.
GreenFiber insulation is made from 85% recycled paper fibers and is certified efficient by ENERGY STAR and the Science Certification System. The anti-itch material is fire resistant and has been specially treated to be flame retardant. It is also formulated so that normal moisture or humidity will not affect its performance.
For more information, including product information and videos, visit www.orkintherm.com.