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Christopher Fyfe, ACE

Cowleys Pest Services

Title: Appointment Center Representative

Hometown: Eatontown

Christopher Fyfe, ACE from Cowleys Pest Services
Chris Fyfe, Associate Certified Entomologist, has been the lead commercial technician for Cowleys since 2004, with more than two decades of pest control experience and was entrusted with the Cowleys high-profile commercial accounts that demand the highest level of service. In December of 2019, Chris joined our office staff as one of the Appointment Center Representatives!
 
Chris is a licensed NJDEP commercial pesticide applicator, holding Core certification and a number of Category certifications including 7A certification for general and household pest control, 7B certification for termites & other wood-destroying insects, 7D certification for the use of applications in and around facilities involving food, 8B for mosquito control,and the DEP’s new category 13 certification for using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in schools.
 
Chris continues to be a life-long learner. He’s already completed the Purdue University Correspondence Couse for Integrated Pest Management. His expertise is recognized beyond Cowleys. For example, since 2013, he has served as Vice President of the Eatonbrook Cooperative Corporation Board of Directors.
 
Chris is unflappable, able to remain even-keeled while multitasking among his regularly scheduled accounts, community properties, and any other customer issues that come his way. His institutional knowledge built up from years of practice is invaluable to our newer technicians, and he always makes himself available to troubleshoot issues. When others have a seemingly intractable problem that defies solution, Chris, with his encyclopedic knowledge and decades of field experience, invariably has the answer.
 
Over the years, Chris has formed strong relationships with not only with the apartments, nursing homes, and other senior living facilities that he services, but also with the residents themselves. On a service call, a resident whom he knew for years wasn’t acting quite right, and he let the facility administrator know of his concerns. Soon thereafter, Chris found out that she was on the verge of slipping into serious medical distress. EMS was called in, and she was transported to a local hospital. That incident exemplifies Chris.
 
When not working, Chris values family time with his wife and daughter. He enjoys NASCAR, paintball, and anything outdoors. Chris is also an avid runner and has completed several 5K races, and is training to race in half-marathons as well. He is one of those goal-focused people with a mastery of time management who manages to accomplish everything that he sets out to do.
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  • By Ananth K.
    Pennington, NJ

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    By Ananth K.
    Pennington, NJ

  • By David D.
    Monroe Township, NJ

    "I had either the beginning or a remnant of a hornets nest. I did not want to touch it as I was not sure if it was occupied..."

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    By David D.
    Monroe Township, NJ

    I had either the beginning or a remnant of a hornets nest. I did not want to touch it as I was not sure if it was occupied. However Chris knew right away that it was unoccupied, so he removed it. Thank You!

  • By Kristen L.
    Englishtown, NJ

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    By Kristen L.
    Englishtown, NJ

  • By John D.
    Manasquan, NJ

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    By John D.
    Manasquan, NJ

  • By Jeffrey M.
    Middletown, NJ

    "Chris was so thorough, knowledgeable, and courteous. He explained everything he was going to do, took the time to listen and..."

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    By Jeffrey M.
    Middletown, NJ

    Chris was so thorough, knowledgeable, and courteous. He explained everything he was going to do, took the time to listen and shared personal experiences. He set the bar high for whomever visits our property in the future.

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from customers I've helped!
  • "Cowleys is so great when we requested an urgent appointment. We did not know what was making the scratching..." Read Full Testimonial

    David B. of Montgomery, NJ

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              Cowleys is so great when we requested an urgent appointment. We did not know what was making the scratching noises so we weren't sure what to expect. They understood our needs and made an effort to get us in as soon as possible. I would recommend this company to anyone who need this type of service.
    David B.
    Montgomery, NJ
  • "All staff either at office or the techs that come to my home have never been nothing but friendly,..." Read Full Testimonial

    Kristy I. of Cream Ridge, NJ

    Customer Testimonial

              Cowleys is saving my home! I live in a damp woody area, ever since we’ve been contracted with Cowleys, we have had zero issues. I am happy and satisfied with the service Cowleys have provided for us the past 2 years and I highly recommended them.
    Kristy I.
    Cream Ridge, NJ
  • "Chris comes to our site weekly." Read Full Testimonial

    Brenda O. of Bridgewater, NJ

    Customer Testimonial

              Chris always goes above and beyond. It's wonderful knowing Chris has taken care of everything.
    Brenda O.
    Bridgewater, NJ
  • "I have used Cowleys Pest Services for approximately six months..." Read Full Testimonial

    Steve W. of Kendall Park, NJ

    Customer Testimonial

              And they have met my expectations. Their technician is very responsive to my concerns. I am happy with their service
    Steve W.
    Kendall Park, NJ
  • "I like that Cowleys alerts you ahead of time they will be coming. Also if you have a problem they will come..." Read Full Testimonial

    JOYCE R. of Monroe Township, NJ

    Customer Testimonial

              I like that Cowleys alerts you ahead of time they will be coming. Also if you have a problem they will come out and address it right away
    JOYCE R.
    Monroe Township, NJ
  • "I highly recommend Cowleys. I saw a cricket spider (Camel Cricket) a few days before Thanksgiving, then..." Read Full Testimonial

    Frank C. of Toms River, NJ

    Customer Testimonial

              Sure enough, they were here the same day. The tech was great, got rid of the horrible creatures that were hiding in corners as he was spraying, and have not had another bug since. Cowleys did a termite inspection for us in October, and it was actually the owner of the company who came out! Very impressive organization, everyone I encountered from the owner, the tech and the office staff were GREAT! They were responsive, gave great customer service and got the job done. This makes Cowleys stand alone. We bought a service contract from them, and have recommended them numerous times. You won't go wrong.
    Frank C.
    Toms River, NJ
  • "The technician came out the next day after we called. Tom inspected the property and determined we had..." Read Full Testimonial

    Pat D. of Freehold, NJ

    Customer Testimonial

              The technician came out the next day after we called. Tom inspected the property and determined we had termites. He took care of the area immediately and then set up an appointment to have the whole house treated. He was very thorough and explained everything. A week later Dave came out and he treated the house and also did a thorough job and explained everything. Both techs were very knowledgeable and very nice to work with. Will definitely use Cowley's again and recommended them as well
    Pat D.
    Freehold, NJ
  • "All technicians I"ve seen are professional and friendly. Good representatives for Crowley." Read Full Testimonial

    Susan C. of Gladstone, NJ

    Customer Testimonial

              All technicians I"ve seen are professional and friendly. Good representatives for Crowley.
    Susan C.
    Gladstone, NJ

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Cowleys Wins Asbury Park Press's 2021 Best of the Best Community Choice Awards for Monmouth County!
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Cowleys Voted Top 10 Best Places To Work in NJ!
Cowleys Voted Top 10 Best Places To Work in NJ!
Scott Dellett and Chris Fyfe Achieve Associate Certified Entomologist  (ACE) Status
Scott Dellett and Chris Fyfe Achieve Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) Status

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  • Flying Squirrels Infesting Home in Belle Mead, NJ
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    Flying Squirrels Infesting Home in Belle Mead, NJ
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    Flying Squirrels Infesting Home in Belle Mead, NJ

    A new customer in Belle Mead, NJ was having trouble with flying squirrels getting into his attic and destroying his insulation, so he contacted Little Rascals and we were sent out to investigate. After inspecting the property from top to bottom, we determined that the flying squirrels were infesting the home via the attic fan! 

    In order to safely remove them from the home, we temporarily sealed off the attic fan and installed a one-way device in front of it. The one-way device will allow the flying squirrels to safely leave the area but prevent them from getting back in. We also placed several baited devices nearby. A short while later, we successfully and safely retrieved all the flying squirrels in the home, relocated them to a new, humane environment, and disinfected the attic area. 

    To prevent any future intrusions from flying squirrels, we installed an attic fan cover over the attic fan. This material is made out of heavy-duty 18 Gauge expanded Galvannealed steel mesh. This won't just prevent flying squirrels from gaining access into the home, but all nuisance wildlife, bats, and nuisance birds!

  • Rodents invade Jackson, NJ home
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    Rodents invade Jackson, NJ home
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    Rodents invade Jackson, NJ home

    A homeowner in Jackson, NJ, contacted Cowleys after finding mouse droppings in their basement. Although most everyone uses their basement for storage, this particular home had a significant amount of “stuff.” It was filled with storage totes, furniture, and most everything else that families accumulate and rarely use that is then brought downstairs into what I like to call “the land of no return.” Cluttered basements have a major downside: they offer mice almost unlimited harborage areas. Mice thrive in locations where there is limited access due to clutter, especially when items are directly against the outside walls and no elevated off the ground. Ideally, homeowners should keep items 6” to a foot off the ground and 1-2 feet away from walls. These gaps allow for inspection access around the home’s interior perimeter. Mice have poor eyesight and rely on tactile sensation and the smells left by other mice. As such, they like to form travel lanes along the edges of walls. Along these travel lanes, you often find mouse droppings in corners where the mice rest.

    I explained the relationship between basement storage issues and mice problems to the homeowners. I was happy to hear that they were going to listen to my advice by rearranging their storage items and clearing out what they were no longer using. The homeowners told me that this infestation and my advice had motivated them to do what they had been thinking about for awhile —having a garage sale and donating items to charity. Charitable donations of household items are not just a good deed and a tax write-off — it’s also a great way to keep your home clutter-free and remove harborage areas for rodents and other pests to hide and nest. 

    In the meantime, I set up rodent bait stations around the basement perimeter and sealed up access holes around some incoming utility lines. This particular job is a great example of showing how pest control is a team effort with the pest control service and the homeowner. Working together is the key to preventing infestations and getting them resolved quickly when they occur.

  • Dirty drains invite pests in Somerville, NJ
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    Dirty drains invite pests in Somerville, NJ
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    Dirty drains invite pests in Somerville, NJ

    While servicing on one of Cowleys commercial accounts in Somerville, NJ, I noticed that some of the floor drains were quite dirty with accumulated organic matter on the walls of the drains. This “gunk” can easily become a breeding ground for fruit flies, drain flies, and other small gnats. 

    To treat these potential breeding areas, we use a bio-foam, a bioenzymatic cleaner that continuously breaks down the decaying organic matter, removing a choice breeding habitat for these pests. I applied this product generously to the basket, pipes, and anywhere else that build-up was evident. Going forward, I recommended a stringent cleaning program to prevent this from re-occurring. Often, especially with restaurants, the source of the pest problem is hidden food debris, whether behind appliances or inside drains. A commercial kitchen may superficially look spotless, but once you start doing some digging, you realize that there are many food sources allowing these pests to survive and thrive. Instituting and enforcing sanitation and hygiene protocols can make all the difference.

  • Mice Soil Attic Insulation, We Remove & Reinsulate in Toms River, NJ
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    Mice Soil Attic Insulation, We Remove & Reinsulate in Toms River, NJ
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    Mice Soil Attic Insulation, We Remove & Reinsulate in Toms River, NJ

    A homeowner in Toms River, NJ had a mouse infestation in his attic. One of our pest control technicians quickly & efficiently resolved the infestation, and all potential entry points were properly sealed. However, mice were not the only problem. The insulation was not only torn and shredded but was saturated with urine and droppings. When the pellets dry, microscopic spores are then released into the air, which is a health hazard for the home’s occupants. The urine odors are often so strong that they permeate through the entire house. 

    First, we carefully removed all the contaminated insulation and then vacuumed and disinfected the attic. Next, we added TruSoft blown-in cellulose insulation, which will fill the attic to its recommended insulation levels. TruSoft blown-in cellulose insulation has a higher R-value than standard fiberglass insulation, has the highest Class-1 fire safety rating, is resistant to mold and pests, and is eco-friendly!

  • Tight Attic Needs Insulation in Tennent, NJ
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    Tight Attic Needs Insulation in Tennent, NJ
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    Tight Attic Needs Insulation in Tennent, NJ

    For the Cowleys installation crew, this particular insulation job for a homeowner in Tennent, NJ was one of our more was interesting and challenging assignments. This homeowner wanted to improve the level of his home’s insulation in order to make his home more energy-efficient and reduce his heating and cooling bills. He contacted Cowleys in order to install a layer of our blown-in environmentally friendly TruSoft cellulose insulation on top of his existing insulation. Our insulation not only has excellent thermal and acoustical properties but also has pest control properties because its fibers are treated with borates. Borates, while no more toxic than ordinary table salt, are deadly to insects. 

    What made this job so particularly challenging? This attic was not your everyday attic. First, as far as its dimensions, this attic resembled a crawl space. You could not stand in it, and even hunching over was a challenge. The only way to maneuver your way, once inside, was crawling on your hands and knees, and even that was a challenge. Second, we were faced with a logistics issue: how could we even reach the attic. There was no attic access whatsoever from inside the home — no pull-down attic ladder, absolutely nothing. 

    At Cowleys, we sometimes come across jobs that require out-of-the-box thinking, and our philosophy is that where there’s a will, there’s a way. We initially thought about making our own access by cutting out our pieces of the ceiling, and then patch up the holes afterwards. However, we were concerned about the collateral repair work and the added cost to the homeowner.

    For this, we added about 10 inches of TruSoft blown-in cellulose insulation. Why blown-in cellulose insulation? With a higher R-value than standard fiberglass batts, cellulose insulation instantly improves home energy performance, provides more durability so it won't compress, become damaged by pests, and creates an incredible resistance to mold and pests. 

    Not to mention cellulose insulation is treated with non-toxic borate, giving it the highest Class-1 fire safety rating, and is made primarily from recycled newspaper, making it the perfect choice for environmentally conscious property owners. By increasing the efficiency of the home’s HVAC system, the homeowners will see noticeable reductions in their heating and cooling bills. 

    The homeowner was pleased that he could have the installation installed without causing any damage to the interior to his home. This was a satisfying job for the Cowleys installation crew, and is definitely one that we’ll remember!

  • Huge hornets nest endangers Bridgewater, NJ family
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    Huge hornets nest endangers Bridgewater, NJ family
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    Huge hornets nest endangers Bridgewater, NJ family

    I was sent to a home in Bridgewater, NJ who’s owner was walking to their car when he noticed a huge gray hornets nest in the tree adjacent to the walkway. Hornets make their own nesting material by mixing chewed-up wood pulp from tree bark mixed with their saliva, forming an enclosed nest around the comb where the queen lays her eggs. 

    First I want to say, it’s a good thing he did not try to remove it himself. These hornets are extremely aggressive, and will defend its nest if threatened. They are close relatives of yellow jackets and they are just as nasty and aggressive, singing anyone or anything that comes into the “danger zone” around their nest. These wasps, unlike bees, can sting repeatedly, so a swarm of them can pose quite a dangerous situation. 

    I quickly put on my bee suit. With these particular stinging insects, I wasn’t going to take any chances. With the protection of my bee suit, I was able to I walk right up to the nest, and find the entry hole.

    Once found, we inject a foaming insecticide directly into the nest, quickly paralyzing all of the hornets and any stray hornets that might be returning from gathering nest building material.

    Once I was sure that there was no further danger from those hornets, I removed the nest from the branch, and let the homeowners know to stay away from the area for a while because there still could be returning hornets wondering where their home went. Eventually the hornets would go elsewhere.

     

  • Raccoons Removed, Now to Add Blown-in Cellulose Insulation in Brick, NJ
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    Raccoons Removed, Now to Add Blown-in Cellulose Insulation in Brick, NJ
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    Raccoons Removed, Now to Add Blown-in Cellulose Insulation in Brick, NJ

    First, we removed all the contaminated insulation and then disinfected the entire attic. Next, we added TruSoft blown-in cellulose insulation, which will fill the attic to its recommended insulation levels. TruSoft blown-in cellulose insulation has a higher R-value than standard fiberglass insulation, has the highest Class-1 fire safety rating, is resistant to mold and pests, and is eco-friendly! Now the attic is transformed from dirty and unhealthy to a clean and energy-saving one!

  • TruSoft Blown-in Cellulose Insulation Installed in South Plainfield, NJ
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    TruSoft Blown-in Cellulose Insulation Installed in South Plainfield, NJ
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    TruSoft Blown-in Cellulose Insulation Installed in South Plainfield, NJ

    These homeowners in South Plainfield, NJ had a squirrel infestation in their attic. Fortunately, our Little Rascals team safely retrieved the squirrels, relocated them to a new, humane environment, and properly sealed up their entry point. However, as often happens, the squirrels made a mess of the attic. There were toxic droppings throughout the attic. When these droppings dry out or are otherwise disturbed, particles can become airborne and circulate throughout the home. If breathed in, these microscopic spores can trigger serious respiratory diseases. In addition, as often happens, the sponge-like attic insulation becomes contaminated from animal waste.

    So we removed all the old & contaminated insulation and then disinfected the attic. Once we finished, we added TruSoft blown-in cellulose insulation! TruSoft blown-in cellulose insulation has a higher R-value than standard fiberglass insulation, has the highest Class-1 fire safety rating, is resistant to mold and pests, and is eco-friendly!

  • Mice find easy way into Brielle, NJ home
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    Mice find easy way into Brielle, NJ home
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    Mice find easy way into Brielle, NJ home

    A homeowner who resides in a residential community that we service in Brielle, NJ, noticed mouse droppings in his utility room and contacted the property manager, who relayed the problem to us. I was immediately dispatched to resolve the rodent infestation. Mice are overwintering pests that look to invade our homes to escape the harsh outdoor elements as temperatures drop. 

    Upon arrival, I grabbed my flashlight and started my inspection in the basement. Rodents often find their way first into a home’s basement or crawl space before finding their way to the living areas of the home, especially the kitchen where they forage for food. Suffice it to say, once your home has mice, they won’t hesitate to make themselves at home, depositing their droppings everywhere and crawling all over and under every counter and appliance in your kitchen. My primary concern during a rodent inspection is finding potential entry points. I conduct a thorough inspection of the sill plate where utility, water, and electric lines of through the sill to the outside. Often, I find gaps in these areas, and it doesn’t take much of an opening. A mouse only needs a gap of about 1/4”, or the size of a dime, for them to squeeze through. Cowleys technicians emphasize and proactive exclusion for the long-term elimination of rodents in a home. It’s all well and good to set bait traps to get rid of the mice in your home, but you also need to locate and seal all of the entry points to stop more mice from making themselves at home.

    During my inspection, I located two utility lines from the AC unit where the caulking had deteriorated, leaving a gap for mice to enter the home. These problem gaps were a definite entry point for mice and they needed to be closed. I sealed these gaps around the utility lines with chew-proof copper mesh. After I was done, no more mice would enter this particular home. Going forward, if these mice want to stay warm in a home, they’ll need to bother someone else!

  • Mice Infestation in Holmdel, NJ Home
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    Mice Infestation in Holmdel, NJ Home
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    Mice Infestation in Holmdel, NJ Home

    I was sent to Holmdel, NJ to help homeowners who were dealing with a mouse infestation in the void above their basement ceiling. After finishing up exercising on their basement treadmill,  the homeowners heard some strange noises above their heads — the scratching and scurrying noises of mice above their heads. Mice prefer to stay away from well-lit areas and stay in out-of-the way places like wall voids and above ceilings where they can come and go and move around the house as they please. When things are quiet, these sounds tend to amplify, and often, homeowners think that they are dealing with a much larger problem like squirrels or even raccoons. Of course, no homeowner should ever think that it’s “just mice.” Mice and their urine and droppings can contaminate food and counter tops. Like any wildlife, they are a health risk to a home’s occupants.

    Needless to say, the homeowners were right. Mice had entered their living space from outside. Mice usually enter homes around gaps and cracks in the foundation, and I began my inspection in the basement, first popping out some tiles near where they had heard the unwanted visitors so I could get a better look. There were some mice droppings on to of the ceiling tile. I immediately saw how the rodents were gaining access. There was some daylight coming from a small opening on the outside wall. There was a hole drilled through the foundation, possibly for a exterior water spigot. However, nothing was ever installed and the hole was never sealed. Mice exploited the opening and came into the home.  Mice only need a hole about the size of a dime to squeeze through. These rodents are even smaller than they look because of all their fur. They have no collarbone, so if they can stick their head through an opening, the body will follow.

    I always carry disinfectant and a hepa vacuum with me. I first sprayed the the droppings before cleaning them up. It is dangerous to disturb dry droppings because microscopic particles containing dangerous pathogens like potentially fatal hantavirus are released into the air.   

    Preventing entry is key to rodent control. I stuffed the entry points with copper mesh that rodents are unable to chew through. Finally, I secured a rodent bait box on the home’s exterior near the hole. The combination of these strategies will soon put an end to the mouse problem for these homeowners. 

  • Garbage Cans Causing an Ant Infestation in Spring Lake, NJ
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    Garbage Cans Causing an Ant Infestation in Spring Lake, NJ
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    Garbage Cans Causing an Ant Infestation in Spring Lake, NJ

    This homeowner in Spring Lake, NJ had ants all over her kitchen counter, so she called our office and we were sent out to inspect and treat. When we inspected the interior, we found some ant activity on the kitchen counter, but nothing too large. It wasn't until we went outside and found ants trailing from her garbage cans into the kitchen. The homeowner immediately started to clean out hr garbage cans and move them away from her home.

    In the meantime, we applied a gel bait to the ant trails on the kitchen counter and treated the baseboards, cracks, and crevices in the kitchen and the two adjacent rooms with a liquid non-repellent. Afterward, we went outside and applied a granular bait to the grassy areas and then treated the entire exterior with a liquid residual. The ants will bring any of these treatments back to their nest and share them throughout their colony.  A short while later, the ants are extreminated.

  • Mice exclusion in Lincroft, NJ
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    Mice exclusion in Lincroft, NJ
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    Mice exclusion in Lincroft, NJ

    A homeowner in Lincroft had been dealing with mice in their basement, attempting to handle the problem on their own for quite some time. According to the homeowner, they would trap some mice, and drive them 4-5 miles away to a wooded area, and release them. Thereafter, new “replacement” mice would soon appear. This cycle went on for a while. Finally, they decided that their DIY plan of action was not working, and they contacted Cowleys for a permanent resolution of the problem. 

    A mouse infestation will not be resolved unless and until their access points into the home are identified and sealed. Without doing this exclusion work, you’ll be in the same situation as these homeowners and dealing with a never-ending stream of mice. Also, I pointed out to the homeowners that, although they had good intentions by not immediately killing the mice, they did not do them any favors by releasing them into a strange area. These relocated mice would likely die because they don’t know where to find adequate food, water, or shelter in their new surroundings, and in their weakened state would likely succumb to predation. 

    Upon arrival, after speaking with the homeowners, I grabbed my flashlight and began my inspection. Finding the access points for mice presents a challenge for pest control technicians, especially if they really want to do the job right. Unlike larger wildlife that will use of carve out readily noticeable entry points into the home, mice can get through extremely small cracks and gaps. Because of their fur, mice are even smaller than their appearance. They only need a 1/4" diameter hole (about the size of a dime) to squeeze through. Mice don’t have collarbones. The rule of thumb is that if a mouse is able to poke its little head through a hole, the rest of their body will follow.

    Looking for any potential entry points, I thoroughly inspected the basement perimeter, paying careful attention to any gaps around utility pipes or wires going through the foundation wall. These are often the preferred entry route for mice. I found two areas of concern: A PVC pipe discharge line from the sump pump and an outdoor water spigot. Both had sizable gaps that would easily allow rodent entry. 

    Before laying out my equipment that I’d be using to control the mice, I first grabbed my hepa-vac to vacuum up all of the rodent droppings. Mouse droppings are toxic, and may contain many dangerous pathogens, including hantavirus. When the droppings dry out, spores can become airborne if the droppings are disturbed, creating a potential health hazard, especially in an enclosed area like a basement. After cleaning the area, I set up some rodent bait stations around the sill plate in the basement, dusted the two openings with a tracking powder, and sealed the holes from the outside with copper mesh. 

    The homeowners were relieved that they would no longer be dealing with mice, a problem that had been going on for far too long. 

  • Good time to fix mice entry point in Middletown, NJ home
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    Good time to fix mice entry point in Middletown, NJ home
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    Good time to fix mice entry point in Middletown, NJ home

    I was sent to Middletown, NJ with my colleague Alfonso to help a homeowner who had contacted Cowleys after finding mouse droppings in several areas of their home. With any rodent infestation, our priority is finding any actual or potential entry points. Finding mice entry points is a challenge since they can squeeze through the smallest of cracks and crevices. A mouse needs only about a quarter-inch gap to find their way inside your home. If a mouse is able to poke its snout through a hole, the rest of its body will follow. To successfully resolve a mouse infestation, it is critical that these entry points are located and sealed. Failure to do so means that you’ll likely have ongoing problems with these overwintering pests, even if the ones already in your home are eliminated. 

    As outdoor temperatures drop, mice, other wildlife, and certain insects will look for harborage in your home to escape the harsh outdoor elements. if there is a weak link for them to gain access inside your home, they’ll find it. Mice commonly look for entry points around the home’s foundation. They’ll enter into the crawl space or basement and then find their way to the living areas of the home when they forage for food and water. One of the most common, and often overlooked, entry points for mice are pipe chases, those spaces where pipes, such as from air conditioning units and the home’s plumbing system, as well as electrical supply lines, are run into the home. Pipe chases often become entry points for overwintering mice and bugs when the original sealant around the pipes starts to become worn and disintegrates, creating a perfect “tunnel” for pests to enter the home. We found several possible entry points around some pipes, and sealed them with chew-proof copper mesh. To reduce the mouse population in and around the home, we set up rodent control bait boxes in the home’s interior as well as the exterior perimeter. Finally, as part of our protocol, we scheduled a two-week follow-up to re-inspect and replenish the bait boxes as necessary. We are confident that with the exclusion and the bait boxes. We’re confident that it won’t take long for the infestation to be resolved, and this homeowner will no longer find droppings and other upsetting signs of mouse activity in his home.

  • Mice chew their way into Middletown, NJ home.
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    Mice chew their way into Middletown, NJ home.
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    Mice chew their way into Middletown, NJ home.

    Recently Middletown Township, NJ homeowners contacted Cowleys after noticing some debris coming out from the drop ceiling in their finished basement. Upon arrival, I immediately went into the basement to inspect. I popped out the tile and immediately noticed that something had been chewing on the tile itself. I had a strong suspicion that this homeowner had a mouse infestation. After entering the home through gaps and cracks around the foundation, they will make their way through wall voids or travel on top of drop ceilings to forage for food and water. We see a substantial uptick of mouse infestations when temperatures drop and mice attempt to gain access inside our homes to overwinter to escape the harsh outdoor elements and forage for food and water. 

    Mice, as all rodents, have incisor teeth that constantly grow. To keep them at a reasonable length, they will gnaw on almost anything they can get their teeth around as well as grind their teeth as a way of slowing their growth. While inspecting the sill plate, I found the tell-tale sign of mice — the rice-like droppings they leave behind.  Adjacent to this area, I noticed several wires going to the outside with a noticeable gap around them, allowing mice to enter. Gaps around pipes and wires entering the home are one of the more common entry points for rodents.  

    I vacuumed up the toxic droppings and then placed a rodent bait station on the sill plate. Mice will follow the same trail, so placing bait stations in their pathway is highly effective to reduce their populations. I temporarily sealed the gap around the wires using chew-proof copper mesh. The homeowners informed me that they would have their contractor permanently seal the gap with stucco to prevent a re-infestation. With mouse infestations, to permanently resolve the issue and prevent re-infestations, it is essential to locate and seal all of the potential entry points around the home.

     

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