Co-Owner and Founder
Cowleys Pest Services
Keep an Eye Out for Nuisance Wildlife
Cowleys Pest Services shares the lesser-known pests homeowners should be aware of
When thinking about pests that pose a threat to health and property, termites and rodents often come to mind, yet there are several wildlife animals to be on the lookout for as well. Wildlife like squirrels, raccoons, opossums, and bats all seek shelter away from cold winter temperatures, and your home offers the ideal escape. Cowleys Pest Services, a Pest Control company that has been servicing Monmouth, Ocean, Middlesex, Mercer, and now Somerset County for 30 years, in partnership with the National Pest Management Association, is sharing ways homeowners can prevent these animals from making your home theirs this winter.
“Many expect to have a run-in or two with spiders or mice during the colder months, but most homeowners are surprised when a wildlife animal is found indoors,” said Drew Cowley, Co-Owner and founder of Cowleys Pest Services. “Not only do these animals pose a threat to your property, but they can also expose your family to dangerous diseases, making it important to keep them outside where they belong.”
Some wildlife animals carry rabies, a potentially deadly disease transmitted from the bite of an infected animal. According to the CDC, more than 90% of animal rabies cases occur in wildlife. To keep out nuisance wildlife, Cowleys Pest Services and the National Pest Management Association recommend the following tips:
- Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows
- Screen vents and openings to chimneys
- Keep food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly in sealed receptacles
- Keep tree limbs cut back six to eight feet from the roofline
- Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and five feet off of the ground
- If you encounter a wild animal on your property, do not attempt to remove it yourself. Give us a call at 732-897-9553 for assistance.
“Keep an eye out for signs of gnaw marks on wires, insulation or walls, droppings in the attic or basement, and scurrying noises in the walls as these could indicate wildlife pest intrusions.” added Drew Cowley. “When cornered, these pests can become dangerous, making it imperative to call a professional for safe and prompt removal.”