The Joro Spider Phenomenon: Exploring Its Arrival in Tennessee

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Venture into your backyard, and you might be greeted by a sight both majestic and somewhat alarming—a massive spider dominating the landscape with its vast golden web. This isn’t a scene from a nature documentary but could very well be a reality in your garden, thanks to the Joro Spider. This species of orb-weaver spider, notable for its significant size and vibrant colors, has been making headlines for its spread across the eastern United States, now including Central TN.

In this guide, we delve into the fascinating world of the Joro Spider, exploring what makes it a subject of interest and whether it poses any real threat that requires expert spider exterminators.

What Does the Joro Spider Look Like?

The Joro Spider stands out for several reasons, not least its impressive size and the vivid colors that adorn its body. Sexual dimorphism is pronounced in these spiders, meaning males and females have distinctly different appearances. Such distinctiveness in appearance underscores the Joro Spider’s unique place in the spider world, highlighting its adaptability and the complex interplay of genetics and environment that contributes to its survival and proliferation.

Here’s how to tell male and female Joro spiders apart:


  • Size: Large, with a body length of about 0.75-1 inch and a leg span of up to 4 inches.
  • Color: Bright yellow and blue body with distinctive red markings.
  • Web: Builds large, intricate webs that can span up to 10 feet.


  • Size: Much smaller than females.
  • Color: Darker, less vibrant, with more subdued colors.
  • Web: Does not build webs as females do.

The webs of the Joro Spider are as distinctive as the spiders themselves—large, golden, and incredibly resilient, capable of ensnaring a variety of insects.

Where is the Joro Spider Found?

The Joro Spider demonstrates a remarkable capacity for adaptation. While initially thought to thrive in expansive, natural areas, these creatures have shown an unexpected tolerance for urban environments. Their increasing presence near highways, despite being web-hunting spiders that depend on vibrations to capture prey, highlights their potential for widespread distribution.

Is the Joro Spider Dangerous?

Despite their imposing appearance, Joro spiders generally do not pose a danger to humans. Their bites are rare, and they are more likely to retreat than attack, making them more of a curiosity within our ecosystems than a threat.

Where Did the Joro Spider Come From?

Originally native to East Asia, the Joro Spider’s presence in the U.S. is attributed to an unintentional introduction, presumably via shipping containers that traverse the vast oceans. The subtropical climates of these areas mimic the spider’s natural habitat, providing an ideal setting for the Joro Spider to thrive and expand its range. 

What’s Next for the Joro Spider in Central TN?

The Joro Spider’s adaptability and successful breeding patterns suggest it is here to stay in Central TN, expanding its territory across the region. While this may be an unwelcome change to some there is still beauty in this new development due to their unique golden spun webs. 

Got Questions About Spiders?

While the Joro Spider’s size and unfamiliar presence may initially inspire apprehension, it’s essential to remember they are largely benign to humans. Their emergence in Central TN signifies the dynamic shifts in our local ecosystems.

If you have any concerns about the Joro Spider or require expert assistance with spider removal or managing other pests, The Bug Man is here to provide the expertise and solutions you need. Contact the Bug Man pest control experts today, our team is equipped to handle any pest challenge, ensuring your peace of mind is restored.

Cicadas 2024: A Natural Spectacle Occurs in Tennessee

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This year, Tennessee and the surrounding states will be in the middle of a natural phenomenon. This cicada event is rare and creates a beautiful buzzing symphony. As we discuss the nature of cicadas and the rarity of this event, we hope this information can offer insight into our environment and the role cicadas play in influencing the ecosystem. Join The Bug Man as we explore the mystery of the cicadas, such as their lengthy life cycles, unique habitat, impact on the environment, and how we can exist alongside the musicians of the insect world. 

How Rare Is This Natural Phenomenon?

In 2024, we have the privilege of witnessing a unique ecological experience: the emergence of two cicada broods, a species that has separated over time. The beauty of this emergence is the ecological timeline that it follows without fail. That being noted, this event last occurred in the early 1800’s approximately 221 years ago, and will not happen again until another 221 years pass. This once-in-a-lifetime event will start in mid-May and end in June. 

Cicada Basics

Cicada’s habitat is unique since they live underground and only emerge for two reasons: to mate and to die. They have an exceptionally long lifespan of 13-17 years compared to most insects which typically live at least a few days or at most two years. When Cicidas emerge, they make a beautiful symphony of clicks and buzzes, which will be even more eventful during this rare event. 

Why Is This Important?

While it may be alarming to hear that these two broods will emerge en masse. Cicadas aren’t harmful to humans and should not be a cause for concern. The Bug Man pest control cautions that the only damage is to saplings and other vegetation. However, it is important to understand the environmental impact to prepare and witness this phenomenon without worry. 

Dealing With Cicadas

Since cicadas do not cause harm to humans and their habitat is underground. The Bug Man pest control experts do not recommend extensive extermination efforts. Instead, we recommend protective measures such as netting for saplings in your home or business. 

Be Aware of Potential Cicada Urine Propulsion

When marveling at the spectacle of cicada swarms, one less known yet unique aspect to consider is their ability to eject urine forcefully. Cicadas, despite their diminutive stature, can eject fluids with surprising velocity from their bodies. Unlike other insects that feed on xylem and release urine in mere droplets, cicadas can shoot their urine at velocities up to three meters per second, surpassing some larger creatures in speed. This extraordinary feat stems from their consumption of large amounts of xylem, making droplet excretion inefficient. Therefore, if you find yourself unexpectedly sprinkled on a clear day while cicadas are active, it’s likely due to their rapid urine expulsion from above.

Looking Ahead

The emergence of two cicada broods is not just a visual or auditory beauty but also a reminder of nature’s balance and complexity. We hope everyone who witnesses this event can learn how to co-exist with nature’s gifts and observe this phenomenon that spans centuries 

Join The Bug Man Pest Control Experts as we all bear witness to this extraordinary event, with the understanding that this event is a gift from nature and an insight into our ecological system’s fight to maintain its delicate balance. 

Late Summer Pests

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Summer is a time of abundance; an abundance of sunshine, fresh fruit, memories, and unfortunately pests. While many people hope the end of summer also signals the end of pest season, some find that it is quite the opposite. During the late summer, many pests become a greater nuisance. Whether it is due to the warm weather, an increase in food, or for winter preparation, there’s no doubt late summer is a time for increased pest activity.

Late Summer Pests Found in Knoxville, Tennessee

While all pests are a nuisance, these late summer pests are particularly bothersome to many homeowners. Their increased activity during this time can turn outdoor gatherings into itchy affairs, and their intrusion into homes can create unwelcome disturbances.


Cockroaches thrive in the warm and humid weather during the summer, but as summer slowly fades into fall, these heat-loving bugs will start invading homes in search of food and shelter from the cold. Late summer is the perfect time for these scavengers to find some of their favorite treats around your home: fallen fruit, decaying vegetation, and your barbeque leftovers.


Mosquitoes are summer’s most frustrating pests. Many people hope to find reprieve from these biting pests as summer wanes, but many find mosquitoes to be even more active in the late summer. The warm weather encourages growth and breeding as well as increasing food availability for mosquito larvae, leading to a sharp increase in the mosquito population.


During late summer, rodents such as house mice and Norway rats become more active as they seek shelter and food in preparation for the upcoming cooler months. With outdoor resources dwindling, these adaptable creatures are driven to enter homes and businesses, searching kitchens for whatever food they can steal.

Bed Bugs

Late summer is a time when many people end up with bed bug infestation. Although these pests are a year-round problem, there is a marked increase in infestations during the summer due to travel. Bedbugs can be found in vacation rentals, hotel beds, and on public transportation. These skilled hitchhikers latch onto luggage, clothing, and other personal items, making it easy for them to come home with you after your summer vacation.

The Bug Man – Tenessee’s Leading Pest Control Company

Ready to take control of late summer pests? Look no further than The Bug Man for comprehensive pest management solutions. Our expert team has over 20 years of experience tackling the surge of mosquitoes, bed bugs, cockroaches, and rodents that often become more active during this season. Don’t let these pests take over your home and outdoor spaces. Whether it’s preventative measures or eliminating an existing infestation, our professionals have you covered.

Are pests ruining your summer? Don’t let these summer pests turn into fall frustrations! Contact the Bug Man today and keep your home pest-free* every season of the year.


What Should You Do If Your Dog Gets Bit by a Tick

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Spring and summer is tick season. It’s crucial to be vigilant about ticks on your dogs since these tiny parasites can transmit diseases to humans and dogs alike. Some of the most common tick-borne illnesses include:

The symptoms of these diseases can vary, but typical signs by your dog include fever, joint pain, lameness, loss of appetite, and fatigue. To protect your dog from tick bites, learn about prevention methods, safe tick removal, and when to seek professional help.

How to Prevent Tick Bites on Dogs

The best defense against tick bites is to keep them from biting your dog in the first place. Here are some tips to keep your dog tick-free:

  • Avoid areas where ticks are likely to be found, such as tall grass, brush, woods, and leaf piles.
  • Use tick repellent or preventive products on your dog, such as collars, spot-on treatments, or oral medications. Consult your veterinarian for advice on the best options for your pet.
  • Check your dog for ticks daily, especially after spending time outdoors. Pay close attention to areas where ticks like to hide, such as the ears, neck, armpits, groin, and between the toes.
  • Maintain a clean and tidy yard by regularly mowing the lawn, trimming bushes, raking leaves, and removing any debris that could attract ticks.

How to Remove Ticks From Your Dog

If you find a tick on your dog, do not panic. You can remove it safely and easily by following these steps:

  1. Wear gloves or use a tissue to protect your hands from the tick’s saliva.
  2. Use a tick removal tool or fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible. Avoid squeezing or twisting the tick’s body.
  3. Gently and steadily pull the tick straight out with consistent pressure. Do not jerk or yank it.
  4. Place the tick in a sealed container or a Ziplock bag with some rubbing alcohol. It may be useful for identification or testing if your dog shows signs of illness.
  5. Clean the bite area and your hands with soap and water or rubbing alcohol.
  6. Keep a close eye on your dog for any symptoms of tick-borne diseases for several weeks. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Professional Tick Extermination

Despite taking preventive measures, you may still face a tick infestation in your home or yard. Ticks can hitchhike on other animals or people and infest your property. They can also hide in cracks and crevices, surviving for extended periods without feeding.

This is where professional extermination from The Bug Man becomes crucial. With over 20 years of experience, we are the trusted and experienced pest control company serving Central Tennessee. Schedule your appointment with The Bug Man today to tackle your tick problem head-on.

Keeping Wasps Out of Your Car: Tips for a Sting-Free Drive

Wasp on a car window in central Tennessee

Wasps are known for their painful stings and send many people running at the sight of these flying pests; the last place you want to encounter a wasp is inside your moving car! A wasp or other stinging insect in your car can pose a risk to your safety and the safety of others on the road. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to prevent wasps and other stinging insects from building nests inside your vehicle.

Why Do Wasps Nest in Empty Cars?

An empty car is attractive to wasps for a few reasons. Sitting cars provide a sheltered and protected environment that offers warmth to these cold-blooded insects, especially in colder climates. They will build nests in hollow areas, such as the engine bay or interior, where they can benefit from the residual heat. 

Wasps often build their nests in sheltered, quieter areas. An unattended car that has been sitting for a while offers a hidden, undisturbed place for wasps to build their nests without interference.

In addition to shelter, a sitting car can provide food for a colony of wasps. Those crumbs and leftover snacks that have been hiding underneath your seats are the perfect all-you-can-eat buffet for wasps. 

Why Are There Wasps in My Car?

Several factors can attract wasps to your car, making it more likely for them to take up residence. Understanding these attractions can help you implement preventive measures:

  • Leftover Food and Sweets: Wasps are always on the hunt for food, particularly sweet and sugary substances. Any leftover food, sweet or spilled drinks inside your car can lure them in. 
  • Location: If your car is parked near flowers, garbage cans or other things that attract wasps it greatly increases the chances they will find their way into your car.
  • Air Fresheners: A pleasant smelling car is important for many people but little do they know it may be attracting stinging insects. A wasp cannot tell the difference between their favorite snack and your sweet smelling air freshener.
  • Gaps and Holes: Wasps can easily find their way into your car through small openings or gaps, such as open windows or damaged door seals. Ensure that all windows are tightly closed and any gaps are properly sealed to prevent them from entering.

Removing Wasps From Your Car

When it comes to removing wasp nests from your car, it is important to seek the help of a professional wasp extermination company like The Bug Man. Removing active wasps nests on your own can leave you with painful stings and may not completely remove the active nest.

The Bug Man’s technicians have 20 years of experience and knowledge to safely eliminate the nest without endangering yourself or others. We develop effective and environmentally friendly pest management plans centered around ongoing prevention, removal, monitoring, and exclusion.

Don’t become a wasp taxi! Contact The Bug Man today and we’ll get your back on the road so you can drive safely without any unwanted backseat drivers!

How to Prepare for Mosquito Season with DIY Mosquito Control

this tire filled with standing water is an ideal mosquito breeding ground

Summer is right around the corner, and if you live in Central TN, that means so are swarms of mosquitoes. We bring this up now because spring is absolutely the best time of year to start planning your mosquito control for the year. As the weather has starts to warm up, mosquitoes wake from their winter diapause. Activity of these pests may be light now, but a little strategic mosquito control – and even some DIY mosquito control – can have a big impact on the rest of your year.

Are There Any DIY Mosquito Control Measures to Prevent Mosquitoes?

Yes, there are some easy yard maintenance tasks you can do that can make a huge difference in whether your property becomes a mosquito haven or not.

The first and most important thing you can do is eliminate standing water from your yard. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in water and their entire early life cycle is aquatic. In fact, mosquitoes don’t emerge from water until they’re adults. To state it simply: if mosquitoes don’t have water, they can’t reproduce. Walk around the yard after the next rain and note the places where water accumulates. From now on after it rains, dump out that water. Get rid of it, even if it’s a small amount. Mosquitoes only need a few millimeters of depth to breed.

Also, keeping your lawn manicured can make your property less hospitable to mosquitoes. Mosquitoes like to rest and breed in thick grass. Additionally, it will help limit the number of areas where water can accumulate. It will also make it easier for you to identify these areas.

What Does The Bug Man Recommend?

With DIY mosquito spot treatments, you’re unlikely to ever eliminate an entire infestation. That’s just the nature of mosquitoes – how relentless they are, how quickly they breed, and how widespread they are. But you may find some of these mosquito repellent solutions helpful situationally:

  • Mosquito traps: Mosquito traps work well if you have a small area of heavy mosquito activity you want controlled. They’re not as effective for large areas or controlling entire infestations.
  • Citronella oil / candles: Again, Citronella candles can be useful against mosquitoes in certain situations. They can be hit or miss, but if you plan on spending time outside they don’t hurt. Just beware their effectiveness wanes gradually the longer you’re outside.
  • Store bought insecticides: Yes, you can buy insecticides at the store that are effective against mosquitoes. But remember the rapid mosquito life cycle. Even if you are successful, you will have to continue applying treatment. That’s why if you’re considering applying insecticides yourself, we suggest you consider a professional treatment instead. A professional mosquito exterminator can get you better results with less frustration.
  • Natural Predators: There are a number of animals and insects that naturally prey on mosquitoes. For example, frogs and certain types of birds are big mosquito consumers. If you have a water feature on the property, consider adding fish to it to eat the larvae off the top.

DIY Mosquito Control Myths

It doesn’t get much more frustrating than wasting a bunch of your valuable time on mosquito control measures that don’t do anything. That’s why we’re here to tell you not to waste your time with these supposed remedies:

  • Coffee Grounds: Please don’t scatter coffee grounds around your yard thinking it will keep mosquitoes away. It won’t. The mosquitoes will see you doing it and think you’re off your rocker. It will make your soil more acidic, though, which can affect the growth of your plants positively or negatively depending on the plants you have.
  • Cedar Mulch: The idea is that cedar has a strong smell that mosquitoes don’t like, but unfortunately there’s no evidence this is true. Any claim that cedar keeps away mosquitoes is anecdotal and not based on any real pest control science.
  • Plants: Mosquitoes have finely tuned senses of smell and they’re triggered by a variety of human smells. This means it’s difficult for any plant or oil or smell to hide the presence of humans from them when they’re hungry for a blood meal. Feel free to plant things like citronella, lavender, mint, catnip, or marigold if you like them, but don’t expect much of a difference in mosquito activity.
  • Lighting: Many insects are attracted to light, but mosquitoes aren’t one of them. Studies have shown that mosquitoes aren’t attracted to light at all, so you can leave lighting traps at the big box stores.

The Best Mosquito Control. Period.

It’s always tempting to try to solve a problem yourself, but DIY mosquito control is simply not the best option in Central TN. You may have limited success, but if you’re serious about getting rid of mosquitoes on your property during the height of mosquito season, nothing can match a professional mosquito extermination company.

At The Bug Man, our goal is to help you enjoy a mosquito-free summer and pest-free* living all year-long. That’s what we’ve been doing since 2001. Ready to make it a reality in your life? Give us a call today.

Want to know more about mosquitoes in the Murfreesboro, Tennessee area? Check out our Mosquito Learning Center!

Swarm Season: Pests to Prepare For

a swarm of bugs outdoors at dusk

Springtime is one of the best times of the year for many people. The gloom of winter slowly fades and nature begins to wake up, spring flowers blooming and trees starting to bud. In addition to flowers emerging from the ground, many pests are also coming out of their winter hiding places.  As spring pests in Central TN come out of their hibernation, they will congregate in large groups or swarms looking for food, a mate or to find new places to nest. These large swarms of insects can be frustrating to deal with for many homeowners.

Common Swarming Pests in Tennessee

When dealing with large swarms of insects, it can be important to know what type of pest you are dealing with, especially when trying to determine whether you are seeing flying ants or termites. Below are some of the most common spring swarming pests and how to identify them:

  • Ants: Ants are known to swarm in the spring as they look for food and to establish new colonies. Carpenter ants are particularly dangerous to have swarming in your yard. They, like termites, will tunnel into the wooden structure of your home causing extensive damage if left untreated. Swarming ants have a thin waist, long legs and forewings that are much larger than the hindwings. 
  • Termites: Termites are common in Tennessee due to the warm, humid weather in the spring and are one of the most destructive insects to a home. They will burrow into and eat the wood of your home, often causing thousands of dollars in damage. You can easily identify a termite by its four large wings that are all the same size, long thick abdomen, and short legs. Seeing a termite in your home is most homeowners’ worst nightmare. If you see signs of termites, call an exterminator immediately.
  • Bees and Wasps:  Bees can be identified by their round black and yellow bodies. They will seek out open cavities to build their nests such as hollow trees, under sheds, in the eves of a home or even in your home’s siding. Carpenter bees will burrow into wood and damage the structure of your home, it is essential to take care of a carpenter bee swarm quickly.  Wasps will have a thin long body with a tiny waist. They will often build nests in trees or the eves of a home.
  • Mosquitoes: Mosquitoes are common outdoor pests in the spring and summer. They are known for their bites that leave itchy red bumps on your skin. These small insects become more active in the spring as the females emerge from their winter hibernation and begin laying their eggs in areas with standing water.

Keeping Pests Out of Your Home and Yard

As the temperatures outside begin to rise, many people begin thinking about summer barbecues and enjoying time in their yards. Dealing with swarming pests while trying to spend time outside can be frustrating. Swarming pests are not just unpleasant, they can also cause damage or introduce unwanted bacteria into your home making it important to prevent swarming pests from entering your yard or home. Here are a few simple ways to keep swarming pests out of your yard and home.

  • Clean any crumbs and spills in your kitchen immediately.
  • Seal cracks and holes on the exterior of your home.
  • Close all doors and windows without screens.
  • Stack all of your firewood 20 feet away from your home and make sure it is elevated off of the ground.
  • Turn off outdoor lights when not needed.
  • Collect and dispose of yard waste such as leaves, grass clippings, and fallen fruit.
  • Eliminate any standing water and fix leaking faucets.
  • Clean up leftover food quickly after having meals outside. 

Spring Pest Control in Central TN

Spring is usually thought of as a time of renewal and happiness as the gloom of winter passes but dealing with swarming pests can be a nightmare. If you are tired of pests in your yard and home, contact the experts at The Bug Man today. We have been keeping homes pest free in Central TN for over 20 years. Our experienced technicians will be able to quickly and effectively eliminate any pest infestation. Contact us today for a free quote and learn more about our services!

Are Kissing Bugs a Problem in Tennessee

a top down view of a kissing bug with characteristic oval shaped body and coloring

New invasive insect threats can easily cause panic. Remember videos about “murder hornets” making the rounds on the internet? And before that, killer bees were coming? Along those same lines, you might have recently heard of “kissing bugs,” an invasive insect that’s native to tropical regions of Central and South America. But how big of a risk are kissing bugs, really? Will they go the way of previous pest panics, or are real reasons for Tennesseans to be concerned about kissing bugs?

How Do You Get Chagas Disease?

Chagas disease is caused by a parasite called T. cruzi that’s carried by kissing bugs (also known as cone-nosed bugs, vampire bugs, or assassin bugs). Kissing bugs come out at night to feed. They prey on vertebrates, and while they will bite anywhere on the body, they tend to prefer biting faces, especially near the mouth or eyes. Hence, the name “kissing bugs.”

Chagas disease is transmitted after kissing bugs have fed on their host. Transmission does not occur through saliva. Transmission happens when the kissing bug, still on a person’s face after a blood meal, defecates. The T. cruzi parasite is contained in kissing bug feces; it enters the body through the bite wounds that are left behind.

It’s estimated there are more than 6 million people with Chagas disease worldwide and 150,000-200,000 new infections each year.

What Are Chagas Disease Symptoms?

The acute stage of Chagas disease symptoms are often minor, and can include headache, fever, and malaise. Sometimes, an individual can have no symptoms. Very rarely, acute symptoms can be very severe and include inflammation of the brain and heart. Seek immediate medical attention if you feel very sick following a possible bite from a kissing bug.

Seek medical attention if you believe you’ve been bit by a kissing bug – even if symtpoms are minor or nonexistent. If there’s any possibility you’ve been exposed to the T. cruzi parasite that causes Chagas disease, don’t wait to see a doctor. You may still have it even if you think you don’t. Even if you’re asymptomatic, you’re still at risk for developing the chronic form of Chagas disease. Doctors can prescribe antiparasitic treatments to prevent that.

You don’t want chronic Chagas disease. It’s a life-threatening disease that wreaks havoc on major organ systems including the digestive system, heart, and brain. Once Chagas reaches the chronic stage, it is also unfortunately untreatable.

Kissing Bug Lookalikes

When it comes to kissing bugs, it’s important to be vigilant without making yourself anxious. Why? Because there are a lot of insects that look a lot like kissing bugs, so even if you think you see one, there’s a good chance it’s not actually a kissing bug. Yes, people have spotted kissing bugs in Tennessee. No, they’re not common. But given the dangers they can pose, it’s important to keep an open eye out for them.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when looking for kissing bugs on your Tennessee property:

  1. They’re rare. They’re becoming more common here in the southern U.S., but it’s still unlikely you’ll find one.
  2. There are many insects that look like kissing bugs – like beetles and stink bugs.
  3. There are many kissing bug species with subtle variations. This makes it even easier to mistake them for something else.

Generally, kissing bug species share some characteristics. They have six legs and two pairs of wings. Their bodies are almond-shaped, with cone-shaped noses. They often have red or orange coloring.

What to Do If You Find Kissing Bugs

If you’re sure you’ve found a kissing bug, report your sighting to Texas A&M University’s Kissing Bugs & Chagas Disease in the United States Community Science Project.

After that, contact a local pest control company to come take a look. It’s unlikely to be a single specimen. A trained pest control expert – like the pros at The Bug Man – can perform a thorough property inspection and use cutting-edge pest control technology to remove the problem.

Give us a call today!

TAP Insulation FAQ

A termite sits on an uneven wood surface

We spoke last month about TAP® Insulation, and how this pest-killing insulation can defend your home from a variety of potential insect infestations. If you want to know about the basics of the technology and an overview of what it can do for you, you can find all of that in our previous blog. If you read through that already and found that you have some questions, that’s exactly what we plan to help with now. Below you’ll find some more detail about TAP and its benefits.

TAP® Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What’s Boric acid? Is it safe? 

A. Boric acid is a naturally occurring chemical compound that takes the form of a colorless crystal or white powder. It’s antiseptic, which makes it a handy component of any first aid kit. It’s also a great cleaning agent, as it can remove stains, deodorize, and kill mold. But the reason why it’s used in TAP Insulation is because it’s one of the most effective pest-killing compounds available. In small amounts, it isn’t strong enough to harm larger pests, animals, children, or adults but it should always be handled carefully and installed by a professional.

Q. How long does it take to install TAP®? How long will it last?

A. The length of the initial installation depends on the size and structure of the space you want to insulate. Typically, the process of blowing the cellulose into the attic, floors or wall takes between four to six hours. Once it’s added, though, it has the potential to last for decades without needing to be replaced.

Q. Will TAP® save me money?

A. We’ve noted that TAP has the capabilities to prevent pest infestations from forming. Because of that, you’ll likely spend less on est control treatment than homes in your neighborhood without TAP Insulation. Not only that, but the insulating qualities of TAP allow your HVAC appliances to use less energy, resulting in lower monthly utility bills. With all that taken into consideration, it’s easy to see how this one installation can quickly pay for itself.

Q. Do I need to prepare to install TAP® Insulation? 

If you have damaged insulation, it’s always recommended to remove it before installing TAP. Otherwise, if you have intact cellulose or spray foam, you can easily install TAP over it for an additional layer of pest-free* protection.

Q. What are the downsides of TAP® Insulation?

TAP insulation is fire-resistant, and it doesn’t lose effectiveness over time. However, since it’s made of cellulose it can be vulnerable to water and runs the risk of mold. If you have a leaky roof or water intrusion in your attic, this could be an issue. It also has a mid-tier R-value that’s higher than fiberglass, but not quite as high as spray foam insulation.

Preventative Pest Control in Central TN

TAP Insulation is one form of preventative pest control, and an effective one, but there are others. Here at The Bug Man, we’ve been keeping pests out of homes in Central TN for over 20 years. If you’re interested in making it harder for pests to get into your home, we can help. Contact The Bug Man today to learn more or get your free quote today!

TAP into a Pest-Free Home This Winter!

TAP insulation in an attic

As we head into wintertime in Central TN, we all want to find a way to stay warm. Unfortunately, the insects in our area have the same thought in mind. If you are faced with an infestation, you already know that you can rely on The Bug Man for residential pest control services. But the only thing better than eradicating a pest infestation is preventing one before it starts. So how can we do that?

TAP® Pest Control Insulation can lower your energy bills and dampen the flow of sound between your walls and attic. It can also kill and deter most insect pests without you having to do a thing. Want to know more? Let’s go into it below.

What is TAP® Insulation?

TAP stands for Thermal, Acoustical Pest Control. It’s made up of cellulose, particularly recycled newspaper, and it can be applied easily over any existing insulation. All a technician needs to do is blow the material into your walls or attic, and once it settles it’s ready to work.

What separates TAP® Insulation from other varieties is that the cellulose in it is treated with borate. These mineral salts are in a concentration that doesn’t affect humans but is deadly for most insect pests. The borate coats the insect and is then ingested as they clean themselves. Once inside, it effectively disrupts their digestive process and they eventually starve. And that’s only part of the benefits of TAP®.

Thermal, Acoustical, Pest Control Benefits

A major appeal of TAP® Insulation is its pest-killing properties. It’s capable of controlling most small pests like ants, termites and booklice, as well as larger insects like stinkbugs and cockroaches. And it remains effective for as long as it’s present, so there’s no worry about replacing it, unless the insulation gets damaged.

Aside from that, TAP® Insulation also does all the things you want from your home insulation material. It can save you up to 30% on your annual energy bill, and the product is Energy Star certified and has a UL Classification.  And if you install at a level of R-60 or more in your attic you can almost completely eliminate outdoor noise.

All of that just from some recycled newspaper!

TAP® Insulation from the Bug Man

For 20 years we’ve strived to keep homes across Central TN pest-free* all year long. Winter is a time to celebrate with loved ones, not worry about pests big or small. That’s why we offer TAP® Insulation for any household in the area, as well as a qualified technician to make sure the job is done right. The Bug Man knows how to clean house and save you time, money and trouble. To get started, contact us today!