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How to Stop Earwigs & Other Bugs From Coming In Through Your Pet Door.

Are you looking for a simple way to stop earwigs and other bugs from coming in through your pet door? Are you shopping for pet doors and concerned that the pet doors you are finding in the pet stores and online are going to allow the insects to come inside and bug you. Pun intended. Imagine if the doors and windows in your home didn’t seal airtight. Imagine all the bugs that would crawl in to begin duplicating inside of your home. Not a pleasant thought at all.

Pet flaps that let light shine through act as a beacon attracting insects to the portal into your home. Earwigs for example, infiltrate your home through tiny creases and look for somewhere to nest and lay eggs. Earwigs find areas of your home that are not completely sealed like screen windows, basements, and the stripping at the bottom of your door.

Imagine how easy it is for that earwig to crawl through a pet flap that doesn’t seal airtight. Most pet doors offer pet flaps that blow open in the slightest wind.  Unless a pet flap seals airtight then it is certain that bugs are coming through. You may not catch them  in the act but I assure you they are finding places to nest inside of your home.

Pet flaps haven’t changed much over the past 30 years and a pet flap that seals airtight is long overdue. Freedom Pet Pass specializes in energy efficient pet doors and pioneered M.E.S.S.A. sealing technology and has applied this breakthrough sealing technology to pet doors. Now you can enjoy all of the fantastic benefits a pet door provides you and your pet while having the peace of mind that those pesky bugs are not coming in through your pet’s new portal to the backyard.

Freedom Pet Pass is the pet door that Energy Star Partners recommend. Look around and see what you have been missing.

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Which Pet Door Flap is Best: Transparent or Opaque?

Common questions our customers ask us include: Why is your pet flap opaque? Why not a transparent pet flap like the other pet door manufacturers? Should my pet be able to see through the pet flap? Won’t light passing through the pet flap help my pet locate where the pet door is and see that is safe to go outdoors? Whether the pet flap is a dog door flap or a cat flap, ultimately you want your pet to interact with the pet door without any problems while providing you with peace of mind that what you install is safe and practical addition to your home.

Transparent pet door flaps are typically standard when shopping for a pet door. This pet door flap will allow light to pass through whether day or night. Considering there is no evidence that pets use their eyesight to locate the pet door, light passing through the pet door flap is not necessarily a benefit. Pet’s do however rely on the scent of the trail they leave coming and going through the pet door to locate it.

Pets are cautious by nature. Because pets rely mostly on their sense of smell and ears to anticipate danger, being able to see outdoors through the pet door flap will not help your pet. And there is no evidence that a pets eyes can focus through a transparent screen. A very common disadvantage is that when it is dark outside the light from inside your home acts as a beacon attracting unwanted animal visitors to your home, especially insects! Another disadvantage is the material transparent pet flaps are typically made of scratch easily which provides a place for bacteria to build up which can affect your pets health. This type of flap material is often very difficult to clean. The material used to make this type of flap also has a tendency to warp, crack, and fade from exposure to the sun and cold weather.

We use an opaque pet door flap for several reasons. We have determined there is no evidence that a transparent pet door flap is easier for your pet to locate and use. Our goal is do design a pet door flap that provides you and your pet with as many benefits as possible. A pet flap that doesn’t allow light to pass through will prevent the beacon scenario mentioned above from happening. In other words, our pet door flap doesn’t attract insects or unwanted animal visitors.

Another benefit our opaque flap offers is in the materials we use to create it. We hand sew marine grad canvas over a thermal rubber material. The thermal rubber provides many insulating benefits and its is extremely flexible and easy for your pet to use. This flap will not warp, crack, or fade and has been tested in temperatures ranging from -40 to 160 degrees F.

The canvas coating is scratch resistant which prevents an area for bacteria to build up. This canvas material is very easy to clean and disinfect. In reality, whether or not a pet door flap is transparent or opaque is of no importance to your pet. If pet safety, quality and thermal properties of the pet flap material, and preventing insect or animal infiltration, is important to you aFreedom Pet Pass pet door maybe what your looking for.

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“Snake Proof” your pet door, snakes will come through a pet door that doesn’t seal

Does your pet door seal airtight or are there any gaps that a snake can fit through? Pet doors are commonly overlooked access points for snakes, and must be sealed or removed to prevent snakes from entering your home. Outdoor and indoor/outdoor cats and some dogs capture and kill millions of frogs, lizards, snakes, and birds each year, and are often responsible for bringing snakes into homes – usually through pet doors!

This is an actual e-mail conversation with a customer. Please excuse the language. This is as authentic as it gets.

Customer – “So will these doors keep the heat out when it is 115 degrees outside?  Will your materials warp in the sun?  Will it lose color?  Will it keep them big bull diamond backs out of my living room?   What is to stop all them damn fiddle back spiders from rippin into my ass?  Is the door Star rated?

The pet door line looks very attractive. We are looking to get a fence put up in our yard for Simba “the dog” and one of your doors would work in our garage back door.”

Freedom Pet Pass – “Great to hear from you.  How funny!  Yes, we got your back and your butt covered!  It will keep the 115 degrees out, will not warp or lose color.  We recommend the new cedar door mount to keep the snakes and spiders out.  We are not yet energy star rated but are sold by energy star partners.   Energy star will not favor a single manufacturer for testing, there needs to be several pet door manufacturers that can produce a seal comparable to ours.”

Customer – “This is no joke.  I am out in Lawton, Oklahoma and I have been here now for 15 months.  One night I thought I had a snake in my apartment!  Did you know you can feel your heart beat in your face cheeks?”

Imagine finding out bugs, snakes, or other creepy things coming in though your pet door. I’m glad my pet door seals airtight. Invest in a pet door that seals and you will have the peace of mind knowing that snakes and bugs stay outside. Unless your pet brings them in. Look around to learn more about the best sealing pet door you can install into your home.

If you have a similar story to share please post to comments.

If you want to read more about how to “snake proof” your home read this interesting piece. Dealing With Snakes – Preventing Negative Encounters

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Wind no longer blows dog door open…another great pet door review

We really appreciate the feedback about the energy efficient dog door we manufacture and hopes this helps solve a very common problem of dog door pet flaps blowing open and leaking air. Maybe you can relate to the following pet door review. All she wants is a dog door that stops the wind.

“Hi Brian,

I just got my new dog door installed today and it is magnificent.  After years of a dog door that blew more wind into the house than you could believe, despite putting new magnets and trying everything we could to make it work, I finally have a dog door that keeps my bedroom warm and toasty.  Last week it was freezing in here, and today it is super warm (I have a woodstove in the next room, but with the old dog door, it didn’t have a chance.).  I worried when I ordered yours that it would not work any better than the old one, but the high quality is immediately clear just on seeing the door, and now that it is in the door, I am so grateful that you figured out how to make a dog door that actually stays closed.  And my dog immediately learned how to use it even though it is a bit different looking from the old one.  I don’t have a digital camera so I can’t post photos, but if anyone has an outside door that has panels in the lower half, my handyperson figured out a great way to install it and I’m sure he’d be willing to share that with anyone else.  I actually was so blown away by how good it was, that I wanted to write this review so others who discover your door via the web will know it’s as good as you promised.  Thanks so much!”
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Frustrated with other dog doors, finally found the solution

Here’s a review we recently received:

Hopefully you guys make a ton of money! After arriving yesterday, my dog door is installed and works flawlessly. No air infiltration, quieter and the design is better than anything else on the market.

After installing this one today, I counted the number of dog doors I have installed in my life [7 counting one I put in our barn and a total of 4 different brands] and  the Freedom Pet Pass door was the easiest to install. Pictures in your instructions or a video of an install would probably help some people. I did remove my house door to make the cut but reinstalled to fit the dog door into the door.
I’m also not convinced that your door is more expensive when you factor in heat loss of other brands, and the number of replacement flaps that I typically have had to install (on average, 2 a year). I have three German Short hairs and the door seems to be no challenge at all.

I was worried since they can see through the old door but not the Freedom Pet Pass Door. if you need a distributor or representative in the Mid Atlantic let me know what your terms/requirements are. You can also use me as a reference.

I own my own company so I know feedback is important and also nice to hear. Anyway, just wanted to report back and let you know how happy I am.  Sorry to be so long winded but my old dog door has frustrated me for years. I’ll send a picture of the inside as well. Thank you and Happy New Year.”

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Worried about other animals using your dog door?

If you install a dog door with a clear plastic flap or install a dog door that leaks air, all of them do, there is a chance other animals may attempt to use your dog door. The chance of this happening is much higher if you live in a rural area. There is a solution to this problem. Install a dog door that seals airtight that offers a pet flap that is opaque, a pet flap that blocks light from passing.

  • Animals rely heavily on their sense of smell, therefore, if the dog door seals airtight the wild animals will not investigate the area. A pet flap that leaks even a small amount will attract animals to investigate.
  • During the night, some animals are drawn to light and a clear pet flap acts as a beacon attracting unwanted animal visitors to your home to investigate. An opaque pet flap that seals airtight keeps light from passing through and keeps animals from approaching.

There is only one dog door that seals airtight. The Freedom Pet Pass dog door. The Freedom Pet Pass energy efficient dog door offers and opaque pet flap that blocks light and radiant energy. This energy efficient dog door might be just what you are looking for if you are concerned about animals using your dog door.

Did you install a dog door that leaks and has an unwanted animal visitor entered your home?

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Energy efficient dog door featured on another premier home sealing website is a website a company that strives to help you save money, conserve energy, and improve the comfort and performance of your home by sealing drafts and air leaks from a number of often overlooked and hard to fix sources. offers several energy conservation products for the home that are designed to stop drafts through the five most overlooked intentional openings in the house: the attic stairs, the whole house fan, the fireplace, the clothes dryer, and the bathroom fan. added another intentional opening, the dog door.

I read about this company and I am very impressed by the media attention given to this company for the innovative, energy saving products they develop and distribute. products have been featured on programs such as Good Morning America. The Do It Yourself (DYI) network and HGTV also feature products. Freedom Pet Pass energy efficient dog doors are again being recognized as the leader in energy efficient dog doors. The Freedom Pet Pass dog door allows zero air infiltration and seals better than any other dog door. Consumers wanting to buy an energy efficient dog door know for certain who makes the dog door they want to install into thier home to save energy and save money. Please visit and learn about other home sealing products that will save you money. is an easy to use website that offers a great deal of helpful links to learn even more about saving energy and energy efficiency. If you have a dog door installed in your home now is a good time to replace that leaky dog door that allows drafts into your home with a dog door that seals airtight and saves you money. Seal in the comfort of your home with a Freedom Pet Pass energy efficient dog door.

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My lab loves his new door mount dog door!

My six month old Labrador and retriever mix Dupree loves his new dog door! I installed the dog door this past Sunday into my exterior storm door. Dupree is the first dog I have owned and I am a first time dog door owner. I am going to tell you what I have noticed in just a few days.

Before installing the dog door I would keep my lab gated in the entrance while I was gone. Often times I am gone for more than 5 hours at a time and sometimes when I stopped home to let him out to go to the bathroom I would find that he already did. I know he is potty trained and he is very smart. I could tell this upset him more than it upset me. He just couldn’t hold it long enough to wait for me to come home.

After I let him out he then would go crazy wanting to play and was desperate for mental stimulation because he had been kenneled for many hours. I don’t blame him. I love giving him attention but boy was he wound up and full of energy. It would take a while to calm him down, even after a long walk.

Again, my lab is potty trained, but sometimes he would still pee in the house. Mainly because I would forget to let him out regularly. I could tell again that he felt bad because of it however he had to go. He would pee on the carpet and run right to bed.

I understand many of his accidents inside the house and crazy behavior is due to how busy and sometimes inattentive I am at times. Aren’t we all though? Aren’t we all extremely busy these days and if there is something that can solve a problem and add value to our livings aren’t we open to learning more? I am. Just as my lab wants to be a good dog, I want to be a good dog owner and provide for him a happy lifestyle because he sure makes me happy.

I new a dog door was the answer and I purposely lived with my dog for a few months before installing it to create my own story. My own testimonial. I wanted to put myself in the shoes of dog lovers and owners everywhere to see what it is like having a relationship with a dog. That’s kinda what it is right? I mean your living with your dog, spending time together, and taking care of eachother. Here is what I noticed right away after installing the dog door.

I was curious as to how long it would take my lab to learn how to use the dog door and wether or not he would understand its purpose. Took him about 10 minutes of training and it was fun! I’ll write about that later. It was so easy.

Since dog door installation not a single mess inside to clean up. He comes and goes on his terms and he loves it. I can tell. Sounds strange but I can.

When I come home from a long day. (I say long day because there is no longer a need to rush home mid day or twice a day to let my dog out.) He is suprisingly calm. Still very excited to see me. He just doesn’t go crazy like he used to. He seems very content.

I watch him sometimes when he is out there and he runs, plays, and digs and I know when I get home he is calm because he had a fun mentally stimulating day outdoors.

Didn’t mention this earlier, but my lab used to scratch the door to come indoors. Not anymore. So if you have a nice exterior door it is worth the investment because otherwise your dog will scratch up your exterior door.

Overall my lab is much happier now that he has a dog door and I am also. It sure is fun right now watching him get up off the couch to go outdoors and then come in when he is done. That just cracks me up.

I will keep you posted about what else I notice but I just had to tell everyone how happy my lab is with his new dog door.

Do you have a dog door story to share? I would love to hear it!

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Live in Canada and looking for an energy efficient dog door?


25 July 2018 – An update for our Canadian friends… we’re proud to announce the launch the new Freedom Pet Pass Canada website (!

The Freedom Pet Pass door is perfect for harsh Canadian winters, and now it’s even easier to buy one from Canada. Freedom Pet Pass Canada has all pricing in CAD and multiple shipping options for fast delivery right to your door.

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Do you live in Canada and looking for a dog door that seals airtight and is energy efficient? You are not alone. The Canada climate boasts some very extreme weather and the majority of dog doors on store shelves in Canada break down. If you know someone who installed a dog door chances are the pet flap is very leaky and allows cold drafts into the home. Not to mention the massive amounts of energy lost which gets very expensive. Maybe you currently own a dog door like this. Don’t worry, there is a solution to the leaky dog door problem

Freedom Pet Pass pet doors are the leader in energy efficient dog doors in the United States. They are the only dog door that has a proven draft free seal. In fact, Energy Star home sealing engineers consider this to by far be the best sealing dog door on the market. Yet they are so comfortable for pets to use even a cat can pass through the pet door when the pet flap is adjusted to do so. With the massive movement to “go green” spreading all over the world it’s no question why Freedom Pet Pass is shipping dog doors all over the world.

So if you live in Canada and want an energy efficient dog door check us out. We might be just what you are looking for. I know the shipping is a bit more than if you were to order a dog door in Canada, however, the money you save  in energy savings will make up for that.

Do you live in Canada and own a drafty dog door? Do you live in Canada and want to install an energy efficient dog door but are not happy with what is offered? What are you looking for in a dog door?

Watch this demo showing the Freedom Pet Pass withstand a leaf blower.

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Does your pet door leak water into your home?

Does your pet door leak water into your home? You are not alone. Many pet doors do leak water into the home because they do not seal air tight. Many pet doors claim to seal well or create a weather tight barrier. However, when these pet doors are installed and exposed to wet weather you notice flaws in the “weather tight barrier”. Even if your pet door has several pet flaps all you are really getting is more than one leaky pet flap.

Freedom Pet Pass manufactures the only pet door to allow zero air infiltration which is in big part why it is know as the most energy efficient pet door you can buy. Another benefit of creating that airtight seal is the fact that rain and moisture will not penetrate the pet flap and enter your home. This is  a very important yet often overlooked benefit of a pet door. If your pet door leaks you already know what I am talking about. Here is a short video we put together to show you how well the Freedom Pet Pass performs with water shooting directly at our pet flap for over 30 minutes.

Freedom Pet Pass energy efficient pet door prevents water from leaking into your home So if you own a leaky pet door see what you have been missing. We are here to help you find an energy efficient pet door to replace your leaky pet door. Contact us if you need help or have questions. If you are shopping for a pet door for the first time read more of this blog to identify some helpful tips on what to look for when you are buying a pet door. We may not have the right pet door for you, but we may help make you aware of what features and benefits are important to you.

Does your pet door leak water into your home? Is it a door mount pet door or wall mount pet door. Who makes it? What are some important features and benefits you look for in a pet door? Did this video help show you how our pet door prevent water infiltration?