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Justin, a Manahawkin resident, joined Cowleys in 2018 as a wildlife control technician. As a wildlife control technician, Justin deals with all types of challenging wildlife infestations. Justin loves working with animals, even those that have taken up residence in a home and may be a bit stubborn about leaving! He also has a wry sense of humor, which comes in handy when dealing with the almost daily predicaments faced by wildlife technicians. His goal is to leave no trace that animals had once taken up residence in your attic, basement, or crawl space. Justin is excited about helping homeowners get unwanted animals out of their house, and helping the animals find a more suitable living arrangement for themselves and their young ones – a healthy distance away from people.
For Justin, joining Cowleys as a wildlife technician is a major, and much wanted, career change. He was a Class A (tractor-trailer driver) for 15 years, and if you can think of it, Justin drove it. Justin was behind the wheel of dump trucks, tankers, roll-offs, and flat beds, and has hauled pretty much any solid, liquid, or gas that is transported by truck. Justin was the key "go to" person for training new drivers and resolving customer service issues. In addition to commercial driving, Justin has framing and demolition experience.
In his spare time, Justin enjoys producing music. He is a “musical polymath” who has a knack for playing multiple instruments. If there is an instrument that you can strum, blow, or bang to make music, there is a good chance that Justin can not only play it, but play it well.
A homeowner in Seaside Park, NJ, contacted Cowleys after hearing strange “thumping and scratching” wildlife noises coming from the attic. Something was up there, but she wasn’t interested in investigating to find out what type of wildlife had taken up residence in her attic. Common “attic invaders” that we deal with are squirrels, raccoons, bats, and birds. Here, it turned out that the culprits infesting the attic were squirrels.
Upon arrival, for the start of my inspection, I want to determine how the animals are gaining access into the attic in the first place. Unless it is a flying animal, the animal must first find a way to gain access to the roof (usually, it’s an overhanging tree branch or utility wires coming into the roofline area) and then, once on the roof, they look for some weakness in the roof structure to exploit. Often, with large wildlife, it’s not a mystery. There is an obvious entry hole in the roof or around the roofline. Here, however, at first glance, I did not see any visible damage indicating where the wildlife was finding its way inside. Upon closer inspection, I found the answer. All four of the plastic static roof vents had large holes chewed through them. Squirrels are in the rodent family and they have razor-sharp teeth that can eat through many types of building materials.
As you can see from the photo, the hole was underneath the plastic cap so it was not causing any water leakage. Nevertheless, the hole was more than enough for squirrels to gain easy access to this homeowner’s attic. Unfortunately, manufacturers do not usually design vents to be pest-proof. Contractors are looking to save money on their projects and price considerations affect the quality of “manufacturer’s standard” building materials.
To resolve this problem, I covered three of the four roof vents with a tough galvanized steel mesh cover that fits over the entire vent. This cover is strong and durable enough to stop any wildlife from even thinking about using the vent to gain access to the attic. Why didn’t I cover all four vents? I wanted to allow any squirrels hiding in the attic a route to leave. With three of the four access points closed, the squirrels had no choice but to exit through the remaining opening. On this fourth vent, I installed a makeshift temporary cover attached to a one-way door. The door allows animals to leave, but it’s a one-way trip. They are unable to regain access into the attic. Once any animals are trapped and relocated and we are certain that there is no more wildlife activity inside the house, the fourth and final vent cover will be installed. And this wildlife job is complete — all wildlife is safely and humanely removed from the home and all entry points are sealed to prevent a re-infestation.