Cowleys Pest Services Before & After Photos
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Adding TruSoft Blown-in Cellulose Insulation in Holmdel, NJ
A new customer in Holmdel, NJ decided that it was about time to insulate his attic, so he contacted our Attic Systems division. When we inspected the area we were shocked to discover that there no insulation at all in the attic! There was just some debris and old boxes. Without proper insulation, the rooms in the upper levels of a home will become colder a lot quicker, making winter a lot more uncomfortable. First, we removed any and all debris in the attic and then air sealed all the gaps and cracks in the attic. This will eliminate air flow between the living space and the attic, improving energy efficiency.
Afterward, we installed Tight Shell Can Light Covers over the recessed lights in the attic. These are made out of a fire resistant material and is specifically designed to stop unwanted air leakage through the recessed lights. Next, we added over 10 inches of TruSoft blown-in cellulose insulation. TruSoft blown-in cellulose insulation maximizes home comfort, has the highest Class-1 fire safety rating & is resistant to mold and pests. Lastly, we installed several SilverGlo™ borders. This will prevent the insulation from overflowing onto the attic floor and makes the attic look more organized.
Uncovered Chimney Harboring Starlings in Neptune, NJ
A new customer in Neptune, NJ was having an issue with starlings nesting in her chimney. Starlings are one of the most popular nuisance birds we deal with and have adapted well both in urban and rural areas. Starlings are often described as loud, obnoxious, destructive, and aggressive. They have outcompeted native birds and their massive flock sizes cause significant damage in a short period of time. The acidic droppings of starlings damage roofs, create sanitation problems, and pose a serious health hazard for families.
First, we carefully removed the nesting debris and then disinfected the chimney with a solution that targets bird mites. If disturbed while removing, bird mites will make their way inside and quickly infest the home. After disinfecting the area we installed a chimney cap over the chimney. This heavy-duty material is constructed out of 24 Gauge Top and Flange, and 18 Gauge Galvanized Mesh. It is designed to prevent access to the chimney from all nuisance birds, bats, and all nuisance wildlife. Now the home is properly secured!
Small Opening Under the Soffit Return Leads to a Raccoon Problem in Lincroft, NJ
After spotting a raccoon roaming around his roof one evening, this client in Lincroft, NJ called Little Rascals for help. As we inspected the roof, we noticed an area of the soffit return that seemed to be damaged, so we took a closer look. Upon closer inspection, we determined that the area wasn't damaged but left unfinished and exposed. We also found raccoon paw prints and hair around the area. We informed the owner who had no idea that the area was left unfinished!
First, we installed a one-way over the opening and temporarily enclosed it with hardware cloth. We also placed several baited devices nearby. The one-way device is designed to allow the raccoons to safely leave the area but prevent them from getting back in. A short while later we successfully retrieved the raccoons and safely relocated them to a new, humane environment.
We then fashioned a piece of sturdy, metal flashing and installed over the access point, to prevent any future wildlife intrusions.
Gable Vent Gets Wrecked by Raccoons in Little Silver, NJ
A new customer in Little Silver, NJ contacted our Little Rascals Nuisance Wildlife Division after seeing a raccoon rip apart his gable vent and enter his home. Over time, the gable vents get weathered and dry rotted. This makes it easier for raccoons as well as squirrels to break into the home.
After we safely removed and relocated the raccoons to a new, humane environment, we disinfected the attic area and removed the old, broken gable vent. We did offer to replace the gable vent, but the homeowner mentioned that he will fix it on his own at a later date. As a temporary solution, we installed Pest-Blok over the gable vent. Pest-Blok doesn't restrict the airflow to the attic, undergoes a silicone-protected polyester coating process that makes it last longer, and guards the home against raccoons, squirrels, pests, birds, and all other nuisance wildlife.
Squirrels Infiltrate the Gutters in Little Silver, NJ
A property manager of an apartment complex in Little Silver, NJ, called Little Rascals for assistance after his maintenance team found several squirrels in one of his tenants' attic. When we arrived, we started thoroughly inspecting the exterior of the building and noticed squirrel hair near the gutters. We took a closer look and determined that the squirrels were entering the unit via the builders gap. A builders gap is the gap between the fascia board, where the gutter is hung, and the roof decking. It's caused when roof decking is stopped too short and isn't flush with the fascia. The gap is meant to help with airflow throughout the attic, but also presents an opportunity for squirrels, as well as raccoons, birds, and bats, to infest the attic.
There was one area of the fascia that was chewed out by squirrels, so we installed a one-way device over it, temporarily enclosed the area with hardware cloth, and set up several baited devices nearby. The one-way will allow the squirrels to safely leave the attic but prevent them from getting back in. A short while later, we successfully retrieved all the squirrels and relocated them to a new, humane environment.
To prevent any future infestations from squirrels, or any other nuisance wildlife, from the building we installed Pest-Blok over the builders gap. Pest-Blok doesn't restrict airflow, undergoes a silicone-protected polyester coating process that makes it last longer, and guards the home against squirrels, pests, birds, and all other nuisance wildlife.