Can the darkling beetle effect any of the poultry spray foam? This is the one question which we get asked the most about. The short answer is " Yes" , but not if you implement a farm program around minimizing the effects of the darkling beetle. Of course the darkling beetles can deteriorate almost any building material that is in agricultural facility, if they are not kept under control.
Sealant Technologies created the Ag Sealants Platform because, with the right design of a high density polyurethane, you can achieve smooth surfaces that are durable. The secret is in the hard flex shell and how smooth it sprays during installation. We offer the AireBarrier Black Spray Sealant and the AireBarrier White Spray Sealant, to help you minimize the effects of the damage that a darkling beetle may cause.
One of the primary reasons why Sealant Technologies, Inc developed the AireBarrier Spray Sealants is because we can design a system for each agricultural
facility that will not only be cost effective, but will allow a farmer to use
material that will hold up well in certain environments and provide the bioseal that they need.
For instance, in poultry houses we tend to use the air barriers down near the floor of the house where litter is located to create a flex seal. This air barrier will hold up against not only the beetles, but birds pecking at the material. We also want to make sure that we seal the joints in these critical areas so that there is less likelihood of the beetles harboring and deteriorating the air barrier more.
As you can see in the photo above, a typical spray foam will create a lot of areas that darkling beetles can break the skin and begin to burrow into material. Once the darkling beetle gets past the shell, then there is very little that a farmer can do to stop the beetles from digging away more and more material until it is finally gone. The key to the Ag-tite spray technology is that this hard shell has a very slick and smooth surface so the opportunity for the darkling beetle to find a crease or joint is minimized. This is what allows this high density polyurethane agseal to be so durable.