Cowleys Pest Services Before & After Photos
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Foxes Go Under the Shed in Martinsville, NJ
One day, this homeowner was cleaning out his shed to get ready for the summer. As he was cleaning it out, he saw a fox stick its head out from under his shed and then go back underneath it! He immediately went inside and called Little Rascals Nuisance Wildlife Removal for help. Once we arrived and examined the shed, we found the main burrow that the fox was using to go underneath the shed.
First, we dug a 12 inch deep trench and then installed hardware cloth around the entire perimeter of shed. 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 foxes, and other nuisance wildlife, from digging and nesting underneath the shed. Afterward, we cut a portion of the hardware cloth that was over the main burrow, installed a one-way device directly over it, and set up several baited devices nearby. The one-way device allows the fox to safely leave the shed, but prevent it from getting back in.
Once we retrieve the fox, we're going to relocate it to a new, humane location, fill in the burrow, and install another piece of hardware cloth over the opening.
Soffit Gets Torn Apart by Raccoons in Far Hills, NJ
One evening, this homeowner in Far Hills, NJ heard some "odd noises" in her attic and suspected that something might have invaded her attic, so she called Little Rascals for help. As we inspected the property, we noticed an area of the soffit appeared to be damaged. So we took a closer look and determined that the damages were inflicted by raccoons. How did we know for sure? We also found raccoon paw prints near it.
First, we installed a positive set over the access point and temporarily enclosed it with hardware cloth. We also set up several baited devices nearby. A positive set is comprised of a nose cone, which will guide the raccoons into a two-gaited, heavy-duty device to it. This is called a positive set, because we are positive that the raccoons will have no other way to exit except through our device! Shortly after setting up our devices, we safely retrieved the raccoons and relocated them to a new, humane location.
Before we left, we went back to our trucks, fashioned a piece of sturdy, metal flashing, and installed in over the access point to prevent reinfestation.
Removing a Bald-Faced Hornets Nest from the Soffit in Far Hills, NJ
After noticing a small, but active hornets nest on his soffit, this homeowner in Far Hills, NJ immediately called Cowleys for help and we were sent out. Once we arrived and took a closer look at the nest, we identified these stinging insects as bald-faced hornets. Bald-faced hornets are social stinging insects that are a close relative to yellow jackets. The surface of their upper midsection almost looks triangular from the side, and they have white markings on their face. They are EXTREMELY aggressive and will not hesitate to sting anything that invades their space. What makes them even scarier is they have smooth stingers, which means they can sting over and over again, can actually sense vibrations in the air, and remember their invader's face!
We treated the nest with a knockdown aerosol and a knockdown liquid application. Both of these products exterminate the bald-faced hornets almost immediately. A short while later, we removed the nest, properly disposed of it, and applied a liquid residual to the area to eliminate any returning bald-faced hornets and prevent any future bald-faced hornets from rebuilding their nest.
Repairing the Raccoon Damage in Gladstone, NJ
This homeowner in Gladstone, NJ, recently found herself with a raccoon infesting her attic. Fortunately, our Little Rascals Nuisance Wildlife Division was sent out and safely and successfully removed the raccoon from the home and relocated it to a new humane location. Now all that's left is to repair the damage that the raccoon had done to the home.
The raccoon actually had two access points, which were in two soffit areas above each of the downspouts. After we disinfected the attic, we installed sturdy metal flashing over each of the access points. Next, we installed a new portion of soffit over the metal flashing in order to blend it in better. Now the home is secured from raccoons and looks better than before!
Birds Nesting in the Gable Vent in Howell, NJ
These nuisance birds were nesting in this homeowners gable vent. Because the spaces in the gable vent were quite large, the birds just squeezed right in between the spaces and started nesting there. First, we carefully removed all the nesting debris out of the attic, which weighed over 20 lbs! Afterward, we then disinfected the area, and the entire attic, with a solution that targets bird mites. Bird mites are parasites that feed on the blood of birds. When birds leave their nests, the mites are left behind without a suitable host for their next blood meal. They will make their way into a home, and once inside they will take over, climbing all over your walls, ceilings, and beddings. To make matters worse, bird mites are tiny and semi-transparent, so they are extremely difficult to detect. Bird mites are the main reason why extreme care is needed when removing a nest. The last thing you want to do is disrupt the mites that are crawling in and around the nesting material.
Once that was finished, in order to successfully exclude the birds from the home, 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 nuisance birds, bats, and all nuisance wildlife.