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Blown-In Cellulose Insulation Gets Added to Attic in Cream Ridge, NJ

After purchasing his dream home in Cream Ridge, NJ, this customer wanted our Attic Systems team to add blown-in cellulose insulation to his bare attic. 

So the first thing we did was remove all the old insulation and properly dispose of them. Next, we air sealed all the gaps and cracks in the attic, which will eliminate air flow between the living space and the attic, improving energy efficiency. We then placed several measuring sticks throughout the attic to ensure that the proper amount of R-value is added to the attic. Lastly, we added over 12 inches of TruSoft blown-in cellulose insulation throughout the attic. Adding TruSoft will fill the attic to its recommended insulation levels, in addition to maximizing home comfort for the owner. TruSoft also has the highest Class-1 fire safety rating, is resistant to mold and pests, is eco-friendly, and optimizes energy usage for year-round peace and savings!

Protecting the Shed from Skunks in Manahawkin, NJ

Now that we successfully and safely retrieved all the skunks that were harboring underneath this homeowners shed and relocated them to a humane environment, we need to make sure that the skunks, and other nuisance wildlife, don't reinfest that area.

To do this, we dug a 12 inch deep trench and then installed hardware cloth. The hardware cloth is installed 12 inches deep and 12 inches out from the bottom of the shed. This creates a sturdy "L shaped" perimeter that will prevent skunks, and other nuisance wildlife, from digging and nesting underneath the shed.

Raccoons Break Through the Soffit Return To Invade Home in Roosevelt, NJ

Our Little Rascals team is at a home in Roosevelt, NJ, to safely remove a raccoon from the property. After a thorough inspection, we determined that the raccoon had ripped apart the soffit returns on the home and infested the attic. A soffit return, also known as an eave return or cornice return, is a architectural detail that occurs when the horizontal cornice of a roof connects to the rake of a gable. It's a feature of Neoclassical architecture where the roof eave on a gable end comes down to a point, then doubles back briefly.

In order to safely retrieve the raccoon, we installed a one-way device over the soffit returns and then temporarily enclosed the areas off with hardware cloth. We also setup several baited devices nearby. The one-way will allow the raccoon to safely leave the area, but is designed to prevent it from getting back in. After a short period of time, we had successfully retrieved the raccoon and relocated it to a new, humane location.

Before we left the home, we fashioned several pieces of sturdy metal flashing and installed them over the two soffit returns to prevent any future raccoons, as well as any other nuisance wildlife, from infesting the home. 

Excluding Bats from the Ridge Vent in Millstone, NJ

After we successfully removed all the bats from this home in Millstone, NJ, we're going to prevent them from getting back in. The bats were able to infest the home via the ridge vent.  A ridge vent is an air exhaust vent installed on the peak of a roof. When installing this vent, an air slot is first cut in the roof deck at the roof's peak. This air slot is then covered by the ridge vent itself. They help to provide continuous, uniform exhaust ventilation at the highest portion of the attic and are designed to help resist wind-driven rain and snow, as well as insect and debris infiltration.

To fix this, we installed Ridge-Guard®. Ridge-Guard® secures and reinforces the ridge vent shingles. Now, not only is the home properly secured from bats, but all nuisance wildlife too!

Paper Wasps Hanging Out by the Back Door in Monmouth Junction, NJ

As this elderly homeowner in Monmouth Junction, NJ, was sitting on her back porch, enjoying the beautiful weather, she spotted a wasp nest in the corner of her home. Since she is highly allergic to wasps and is a current Home Protection Plan customer, she immediately called our office for help. When we arrived and took a closer look at these stinging insects, we identified them as paper wasps.

Paper wasps, also called umbrella wasps, are semi-social stinging insects that usually have brown bodies with yellow or reddish markings. They range in size from five-eighths to three-quarters of an inch long and are known for the long legs that extend out from their oval bodies. Due to their coloration and body shape, they are often mistaken for yellow jackets but have a slimmer waist and a triangular side view. Paper wasps received their name from the paper-like material out of which they make their nests. A sting from a paper wasp can be extremely painful and can cause allergic reactions in some people. 

We treated the nest with a knockdown liquid application, which will exterminate them almost immediately. After several moments, we removed the nest and treated the area with a liquid residual. This application will eliminate any returning paper wasps as well as prevent them, and any other stinging insect, from building a nest. 

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