Midland, MI - February 08, 2012
Dow Building Solutions today introduced GREAT STUFF™ Pestblock Insulating Foam Sealant, a distinctive, pesticide-free foam specially designed to seal homes against insects and other pests as well as reduce air leakage.
GREAT STUFF™ Pestblock provides a long-lasting, moisture resistant foam barrier that blocks out pests by sealing gaps, cracks and holes where they enter a home. This new addition to the GREAT STUFF™ family is designed to keep ants, roaches, spiders, bees, mice and other rodents outside where they belong, while also air-sealing the household structure. GREAT STUFF™ Pestblock expands to fill, seal and insulate gaps up to one inch (25 mm), reducing the need to reapply pesticides regularly.
“GREAT STUFF™ Pestblock Insulating Foam Sealant provides a barrier between your family and pests while also improving your home’s energy efficiency by sealing gaps and cracks,” said Lee Heronema, retail operational marketing manager for Dow Building Solutions. “Homeowners that properly air-seal and insulate their homes can save up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs1.”
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Environmental Protection Agency both recommend following an integrated pest management program to rid the home of disease carrying pests. Blocking pests out is a key component of any integrated pest management program. GREAT STUFF™ Pestblock is an ideal product for sealing gaps and cracks in common household trouble spots where pests enter the home, including:
- Gaps surrounding PVC pipes in the attic or throughout the home interior
- Openings around dryer and other exhaust vents
- Sill plates and rim joists
- Under baseboards
- Household plumbing and exterior water faucets
- Around attic hatch frames
Dow Building Solutions developed GREAT STUFF™ Pestblock for consumers who are frustrated by frequent reapplication of pesticides that typically only address the pests visible at the time of application. It is also beneficial to those homeowners sensitive to the use of pesticides, those who don’t want to use pesticides around their family or pets, and individuals who don’t use pesticides because of environmental concerns. GREAT STUFF™ Pestblock contains a bitter, non-pesticide ingredient, Denatonium Benzoate, an additive that has been used for years to make a variety of products, such as electrical wire casing, that deter pests and other animals.
GREAT STUFF™ Pestblock Insulating Foam Sealant will be available at home improvement stores in March.
About Dow Building Solutions
Dow Building Solutions has a 60+ year legacy of providing energy saving solutions to the global commercial and residential construction industry, which began with the launch of its flagship STYROFOAM™ Brand Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) Foam Insulation, one of the most recognized brands of insulation in the world. A market-facing business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, Dow Building Solutions offers exceptional building science expertise to help builders, designers, architects and home/building owners reduce energy costs and protect against wind, rain and moisture, while contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. More information about Dow Building Solutions can be found at www.dowbuildingsolutions.com.
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2012, Dow had annual sales of approximately $57 billion and employed approximately 54,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 188 sites in 36 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.
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