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TAP insulation 'keeps heat in and pests out'

A new thermal insulation design not only keeps the heat inside a home but also prevents insects getting inside, it has been revealed.

In an article for Green Building Elements, Summer Minor outlined how the thermal acoustic pest control (TAP) system is made from almost 90 per cent recycled materials.

"Much of this is recycled newsprint and other post-consumer papers, making this insulation one of the greenest options around," she explained.

In addition to its eco-friendly features, it also contains boric acid, which keeps beasts such as cockroaches, ants, silverfish and termites at bay, Ms Minor noted.

The acid in the lagging attaches itself to the insects' bodies, she stated, helping to kill them as long as it is installed.

"This new TAP insulation may be one of the best choices for homeowners today," the expert concluded.

Eco-campaigner, TV presenter and author James Strawbridge recently revealed in an article for Smallholder that loft insulation can substantially reduce heating costs.