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Squirrels damage fascia - Squirrel & wildlife removal in Bradley Beach

Squirrels damage fascia - Squirrel & wildlife removal in Bradley Beach

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Squirrels damage fascia - Squirrel & wildlife removal in Bradley Beach Squirrels damage fascia - Squirrel & wildlife removal in Bradley Beach

This Bradley Beach homeowner had damage to his facia board that was caused by squirrels. The fascia board on a house is the vertical finishing edge that caps the end of the rafters, and is often where the home’s gutters are attached. Squirrels had chewed and clawed their way right through fascia. 

Another common trouble spot around the roof often damaged by wildlife is the soffit. The soffit is the finished wood or vinyl horizontal underside (water-resistant vinyl is preferable) beneath the overhanging section of the roof eave. Soffits, which have small holes to help ventilate the attic, are often a magnet for attracting small animals and insects.

A Cowleys wildlife technician had already resolved the squirrel issue, and I was called in to do the repair and exclusion work. Cowleys has a crew of technicians with extensive experience in home construction. Our projects include installing TAP insulation, waterproofing crawl spaces, treating mold, and repairing damage caused by wildlife.

The homeowner was insistent that he did not want the expense of removing his gutters, replacing the damaged fascia board, and re-installing the gutters. So, I took a more expedient approach that would leave the fascia in place. First, I needed brown aluminum to match the brown fascia board. This was easier said than done. It was a challenging job. In order to do this, I had to remove the supports for the gutter, and I had to do this a section at a time so the gutter would not fall. While the supports were off, I slid the the brown aluminum between the gutter and the fascia board to cover the damaged areas.

The next step to this process was to install a white sheet-metal drip edge. The drip edge is flashing installed along the edge of eaves. To install it, I slid the edging up under the shingles and carefully bent it so that it would wrap down on top of the brown aluminum layer. To fit the drip edge to size, I used tin snips, and allowed an overlap where the two pieces of drip edge meet so there would be no gap where water could potentially seep through. 

A drip edge is an important part of roofing that is often overlooked or not understood by homeowners. This drip edge is what gives a finished look to the roof and it also goes long way preventing rainwater from causing damage to the wood building materials near the roof. The drip edge helps keep out rainwater by preventing blow-under leaks caused by wind-driven rains and by directing rainwater into the gutter instead of running down the fascia where water, over time, can wreck havoc. 

A drip edge also helps prevent wildlife infestations. Moisture and water intrusions easily ruin wooden facia boards, and as this homeowner found out, fascia that weakened and softened by rain is also an open invitation for many types of wildlife like squirrels and raccoons to gain access inside the attic. These animals can rip and claw their way through weakened fascia like it was butter.Finally, a drip edge acts as a support for the shingles so they are not just hanging off the edge of the roof.

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Cowleys Pest Services is Bradley Beach, NJ's leading pest control and home repair contractor, offering a wide variety of services to keep your home healthy, efficient, and safe. We employ a customer-first philosophy when it comes to running our business, so you know you're getting only the best when you partner with us. We are committed to providing affordable, safe, and effective solutions for all your pest control and home repair needs.

Reliable services by Cowleys Pest Services:

  • Pest Control
  • Commercial Pest Services
  • Wildlife Removal
  • Bird Control Services
  • RainDrop Gutter Guards
  • Attic Insulation
  • Crawl Space Encapsulation
  • And more!

Ready to get started on your pest control or home repair project? Contact Cowleys Pest Services today at 1-855-239-9059 or click below to schedule a free, no-obligation estimate in Bradley Beach and nearby.

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Have you been dealing with termites, cockroaches, or bed bugs in your Bradley Beach home? At Cowleys Pest Services, we understand how unsettling it can be to discover that you have a pest problem. That's why our team works quickly to resolve your pest problem, using only the best pest control solutions in the industry. We've been helping homeowners remove pests since 1991, so we have the experience, solutions, and determination to fix your problem once and for all.

Pests we treat:

  • Bed bugs
  • Ants
  • Bees & wasps
  • Cockroaches
  • Flies
  • Mosquitoes
  • Rodents
  • And more!

Bradley Beach Crawl Space Encapsulation Services

One way that pests can make their way into your home is through your crawl space. An unsealed crawl space also lets in moisture, leading to structural damage and mold and mildew growth. Structural damage results in uneven interior floors, which can become hazardous if not resolved. Mold and mildew growth can lead to increased asthma and allergy symptoms for you and your loved ones. Fortunately, Cowleys Pest Services offers a complete crawl space encapsulation system to keep your crawl space and the rest of your home dry, safe, structurally sound, and healthy.

Our crawl space encapsulation products:

  • Vapor barriers
  • Crawl space access doors
  • Crawl space insulation
  • Sump pumps
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Crawl space vent covers

Keep pests out and prevent structural damage with crawl space encapsulation by Cowleys Pest Services! Get in touch with us today at 1-855-239-9059 or fill out our online form to schedule a free crawl space encapsulation estimate in Bradley Beach and nearby.

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Job Stories From Bradley Beach, NJ
Door Frame Destroyed by Carpenter Ants in Bradley Beach, NJ

Recently, we were sent out to a home in Bradley Beach, NJ to handle a carpenter ant infestation. The customer had reported seeing them by his back door, so that's where we inspected. As we did we noticed that the door frame was badly damaged. As we took a closer look several carpenter ants came pouring out of the frame! Carpenter ants are known to cause the most damage out of all the different species of ants that commonly infest structures. Typically black in color, these relentless insects will threaten the structural stability of buildings by excavating into the wood to build their nests.

For treatment, with the owner's permission, we treated the door frame and the entire exterior of the home with a liquid non-repellent. Next, we injection a knock down aerosol application into the door frame. This application rapidly exterminates the carpenter ants as well as flush them out of hiding and into the liquid residual. When the carpenter ants come in contact with that application, they're going to return to their colony and transfer the treatment to their queen and the other ants in their nest by grooming and feeding one another and eating their own dead.

In a short amount of time, the carpenter ants will be exterminated and the homeowner can then repair his door frame.

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Bed Bugs Imbedded in Desk in Bradley Beach, NJ

We were sent out to the property of a new customer in Bradley Beach, NJ to handle a bed bug infestation in the master bedroom. The unique thing about this situation was that the majority of the bed bug infestation wasn't in the bed, but actually in the desk! Recently, the owner purchased the desk from a second hand thrift store, unaware that it was infested with bed bugs. She then brought it into her room and a short while later, an infestation had happened! When purchasing furniture or appliances from a second hand store ALWAYS inspect the items thoroughly for bed bugs, cockroaches, or other pests

For treatment, the first thing we did was vacuum up all the bed bugs eggs and the live bed bugs. Afterward, we treated every single infected area of the master bedroom with a fungicide application. This product creates a barrier that infects and exterminates the bed bugs over a short period of time. Next, we treated every outlet throughout the home with a residual dusting product. This treatment will eradicate bed bugs of all life stages, sex, and feeding status within a short amount of time. Lastly, we scheduled several follow-up visits to monitor the infestation and apply any additional treatments if needed.

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Smiling Mason Wasp Found Underneath Outdoor Table in Bradley Beach, NJ

One warm October afternoon, this homeowner in Bradley Beach, NJ, was putting away his outdoor furniture and noticed a wasp nest underneath the table. Since he's highly allergic, he quickly ran inside and called Cowleys for help. Once we arrived and took a closer look at these stinging insects, we were able to identify them as a smiling mason wasp.

Smiling mason wasp displays unique behavior by nesting in cavities or pre-existing holes, often in wood, and using mud or small stones for construction. It feeds primarily on caterpillars and paralyzes them in order to feed their larva. Despite being a wasp, smiling mason wasp poses no significant health risk to humans as it's relatively non-aggressive unless provoked. They have a special defense behavior that can trigger an allergic reaction in humans. 

To safely eliminate these wasps, we injected their nest with a knockdown dusting application. A few moments afterward, we injected a knockdown aerosol application. Both of these treatments will rapidly exterminate the smiling mason wasps. Lastly, we carefully removed the nest and disposed of it properly. 

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Mice Squeezing Through the Tiny Openings in Bradley Beach, NJ

After her pet cat caught a mouse in her kitchen, this homeowner in Bradley Beach, NJ, immediately contacted Cowleys for help, as she was concerned that there might be more inside her home! Once we arrived, the first thing we did was thoroughly inspect the exterior of the home to find any access points that the mice, or any other pest, were or can utilizing to infest the home. Sure enough, we found several utility pipes leading into the property that had wide gaps around them. Since mice don't have collarbones and their ribs have a greater capacity to flex, they can fit through openings the width of a pencil!

Continuing our inspection inside the home, with the owners permission, we check behind the stove and found mice droppings as well as another wide gap around the utility pipe. For treatment, the first thing we did was carefully clean up all the mice droppings on the inside and outside of the home. Next, we strategically installed several tamper-proof rodent bait stations throughout the inaccessible areas in the kitchen, the garage, and around the exterior of the home.

Once that was finished, we stuffed every single gap around the utility pipes on the exterior and interior of the home with Xcluder™ Fill Fabric and then sealed them with a premium, waterproof adhesive. Xcluder™ Fill Fabric is made from a blend of coarse stainless steel and poly fibers to form a highly resilient and impenetrable barrier against rodents and pests. Lastly, we scheduled several follow up inspections to replenish the bait in the bait stations and monitor the mice activity throughout and around the home. 

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Storm damage lets wildlife into Bradley Beach, NJ home

Recently, there was quite a number of Jersey Shore homeowners were dealing with storm damage to their properties. Oftentimes, the building materials in and around the roof get hit the hardest. We dealt with quite a few homes that had shingles blown off, and for this homeowner in Bradley Beach, NJ had part of their soffit blown apart. The soffit is the underside “ceiling” that bridges the gap between a home’s siding and the roofline (eaves). Often, soffits are vented to allow air exchange into the attic, and are usually made of vinyl. They are more than decorative — your exterior soffits help keep wildlife like squirrels, birds, and bats from taking over your attic as a nesting area.

This homeowner found out the hard way what happens when parts of your soffit are missing. Squirrels and birds soon took advantage of the opening and made his attic their home. Our wildlife team trapped and relocated the trespassing squirrels, and afterwards, a two-person crew from Cowleys home improvement division were sent in to clean up the attic, remove the bird nesting material, and repair the soffit. As you can see, when we were done, everything was put back together and looked as good as new. You’d never even guess that this attic was once infested by wildlife. The homeowner was pleased with our repair work, and we went on to our next assignment.

 

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Huge hornets nest in Bradley Beach

I was sent to a home in Bradley Beach, NJ. I began my inspection to look for the nest. Although I saw wasps flying around, I could not immediately locate the nest. Following the activity of these pests, I was led toward a healthy tree with lush foliage. The tree cover made it difficult to find the nest, but with careful inspection, I found what I was looking for: a distinctive grey spherical nest about the size of a volleyball or small basketball.

Based on the structure of the nest, I knew exactly the type of stinging insect that invaded this homeowner’s property — baldfaced hornets. These hornets are a relative of the yellowjacket and are often called “aerial yellowjackets.” These insects get their name from their unique coloration. They are mostly black but have a white face. Although labeled as hornets, these stinging insects are actually wasps and not true hornets. They are called hornets because of their large size and because they build aerial nests. 

These social wasps build egg-shaped nests that are layered in hexagonal combs covered by a mottled grey paper envelope. And these nests can grow into huge sizes as the wasp colony continues to expand. Their nests can be as large as 14 inches in diameter and more than two feet in length! A single nest can house upwards of 400 insects at their peak, so its important for homeowners to have these nests removed as soon as possible because of the high risk of a family member inadvertently invading their territory and triggering multiple stings. For those allergic to stings, this can be life-threatening. 

Baldfaced hornets build nests at least three feet off the ground, and they build them anywhere and everywhere, both on “natural” structures like in trees and shrubs as well as on man-made structures like utility poles and home and sheds, especially under roof overhangs.  As mentioned, I located this particular nest in a tree. I observed the pattern of the hornets entering and exiting the nest: two would go in and one would go out. I carefully went behind the hive without being spotted by the hornets and treated the nest with an application that coats the entire hive all at once, trapping the wasps inside, preventing them from stinging me or anyone else.  

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Tap (pest control) Insulation install in Bradley Beach, NJ

In addition to pest control and wildlife services, Cowleys has an experienced home improvement team that handles various projects including mold removal, crawl space encapsulation, and home insulation. Members of Cowleys home improvement team were sent to a residence in Bradley Beach, NJ. The homeowner asked Cowleys to cap or “bulk up” his existing insulation to increase its R-value (the insulation’s ability to resist heat traveling through it) by adding approximately 4 inches of our insulation on top of his existing insulation. 

Cowleys is a licensed installer of TAP Pest Control Insulation, a loose-fill cellulose insulation that is environmentally safe, ENERGY STAR designated, UL classified, and fire retardant. “TAP” stands for Thermal, Acoustical, and Pest Control. This insulation offers superior thermal, acoustical (sound-deadening), and pest control properties. Homeowners are often surprised when they first hear that we offer insulation that can help with pest control. Its paper fibers are treated with a borate solution, which is harmless to people, but lethal to many insects including ants, beetles, and termites. Because TAP insulation does not affect mammals, homeowners must still use traditional pest-control for mice, squirrels, and other wildlife. Because of this pest control component, TAP can only be installed by licensed pest control operators.  

Added insulation is a great home investment that yield many benefits. Perhaps most important, adding insulation increases the enjoyment of your home. It improves the temperature regulation in your home and increases the comfort of your living environment. Adding insulation also has health benefits. It acts as a barrier that helps to keep environmental pollutants and allergens out of your home. It is also a moisture barrier. By keeping out unwanted moisture, a good insulation layer helps avoid mold growth and other excess moisture problems. There are also substantial cost benefits. By keeping your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, added insulation reduces both your environmental footprint and your economic footprint! Improved insulation pays for itself through by reducing your energy bills and lowering the use of your air conditioner and heating system.

We were able to cap the insulation for this homeowner because the existing insulation was still in good shape. Often, our team is called in for insulation jobs after the existing insulation has been ruined. Sometimes, it’s because of a wildlife infestation. Once wildlife have taken up residence in the attic, the insulation is often destroyed. The animals will shred the insulation to use as nesting material, and they’ll contaminate the insulation with their urine and droppings. Other times, there has been a roof leak and the insulation has become water-saturated and is starting to grow mold. With these jobs, when the insulation has lost its integrity and no longer serves its purpose, we have the tedious task of safely removing and disposing of these damaged materials. On the pother hand, cap insulation jobs like this one are more streamlined. We  only need to focus on installing the additional insulation since the existing insulation stays right where it is.  

This insulation job went exceptionally smoothly. This highly productive crew was in and out in less than a day. The final result: A beautiful new layer of great insulation that the homeowner will come to appreciate this summer and next winter. No matter what extreme temperatures are outside, this home will be nicely regulated inside. 

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