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Squirrels Ruin the Porch Overhang, We Fix It in Brielle, NJ

Squirrels Ruin the Porch Overhang, We Fix It in Brielle, NJ

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Squirrels Ruin the Porch Overhang, We Fix It in Brielle, NJ Squirrels Ruin the Porch Overhang, We Fix It in Brielle, NJ

This customer in Brielle, NJ, had an infestation of squirrels in her attic. They were able to infest the home by ripping apart an area by the porch overhang and squeezing through a small gap. In order to safely retrieve the squirrels, we temporarily sealed off the access points on both sides of the porch overhang with hardware cloth, left one area exposed, and installed a one-way device over that area. We also installed several baited devices nearby. A one-way device is designed to allow the squirrel to safely leave the area but prevent it from getting back in. A short while later, we successfully retrieved all the squirrels and relocated them to a new, humane environment.

Now it's time to prevent them from getting back in! To accomplish that, we fashioned a piece of sturdy metal flashing and installed it over each one of the porch overhangs! Now the areas are properly protected from squirrels, birds, bats, and any other nuisance wildlife.

Starlings Squeezing Through Gap to Infest Home in Brielle, NJ

Starlings Squeezing Through Gap to Infest Home in Brielle, NJ

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Starlings Squeezing Through Gap to Infest Home in Brielle, NJ Starlings Squeezing Through Gap to Infest Home in Brielle, NJ

One day, this homeowner in Brielle, NJ was sitting outside on his driveway, when he noticed several starlings going in and out of a small opening on his property! Since his neighbor had used Cowleys for a similar situation, he got our number from his neighbor, and called us for help. 

Once we arrived, we fully inspected the exterior and interior of his home and determined that this was the only access point that the starlings were using to infest his property. First, we carefully removed all of the nesting debris and then disinfected the area with a solution that targets and exterminates 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 and will make their way into a home to feast on your pets and your family. Bird mites are the main reason why extreme care is needed when removing a nest.

After disinfecting the area, we installed Pest-Blok over that access point to prevent any future intrusions from any other nuisance birds or wildlife. Pest-Blok doesn't restrict the airflow to the area, undergoes a silicone-protected polyester coating process that makes it last longer, and guards the area against all nuisance wildlife.

Soffit repair in Brielle, NJ

Soffit repair in Brielle, NJ

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This Brielle, NJ homeowner had a raccoon enter the attic through the soffit. The soffit is the underside of the roof overhang. It is commonly made out of aluminum or vinyl and has passive vents providing much-needed ventilation and air circulation to the attic and expelling the rising heat, which causes all sorts of problems both during the summer and the winter. Unfortunately, soffits, especially if they are damaged, are a favorite access point for wildlife to enter your attic. Raccoons and squirrels are innately able to find and exploit the weak points into a home, and soffits are at the top of the list of favorite entry points. 

Cowleys wildlife technicians had already come in to trap the raccoon, and immediately afterwards installed a temporary patch to seal the area. However, the homeowner wanted a more aesthetically pleasing repair. Cowleys has a home improvement division that, among other things, has an experienced crew that repairs damages caused by wildlife, termites, and other insects. The homeowner was quite pleased with our repair of his home, and so were we! 

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Pest Control & Home Repair Professional in Brielle

Cowleys Pest Services is Brielle, 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 Brielle and nearby.

Trusted Pest Control Company Proudly Serving Brielle

Have you been dealing with termites, cockroaches, or bed bugs in your Brielle 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!

Brielle 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 Brielle and nearby.

Case Studies From Brielle
Recently, I went out on a service call for a resident in Brielle, NJ. The homeowner recently had a professional cleaning company come over and clean...
Recently, I went out on a service call for a new commercial client, a restaurant owner in Brielle, NJ. The owner contacted Cowleys because of a heavy...
Recently, I went on a service call for a homeowner in Brielle, NJ who complained of ants in his home. As we transition into spring, ants are starting...
Job Stories From Brielle, NJ
Blown-In Cellulose Insulation Gets Added to Old Attic in Brielle, NJ

A new customer in Brielle, NJ, wanted our Attic Systems team to add some much needed blown-in cellulose insulation to his attic. Being the fact that it had been over 40 years since he last replaced the insulation, the attic was long overdue for some new insulation!

First, we removed all the old insulation and air sealed all the gaps and cracks in the attic. Air sealing will eliminate air flow between the living space and the attic, which improves energy efficiency. 

Once that was done, we added over 10 inches of TruSoft blown-in cellulose insulation throughout the attic. Not only does this fill the attic to its recommended insulation levels, but TruSoft insulation maximizes home comfort, has the highest Class-1 fire safety rating, is resistant to mold and pests, is eco-friendly, and optimizes energy usage for year-round peace and savings for the customer! Lastly, we installed a reflective attic stairway insulator over the attic stairs.

This functions by forming air spaces with layers of bubbles and reflective foils. These spaces restrict air movement which reduces heat flow by convection. Additionally, the reflectivity and low emissivity of each reflective layer also reflects away up to 96% of radiant heat! The homeowners now have an incredibly energy efficient attic that helps contain any conditioned air in the living spaces.

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Firewood Attracting the Carpenter Ants to the Home in Brielle, NJ

This homeowner in Brielle, NJ, had a large infestation of carpenter ants in his garage. What was attracting the carpenter ants to the area? The stacks of firewood that were in the garage and against the side of the home. Carpenter ants are wood-destroying insects that excavate wood in order to build their nests. They typically build their nest inside a home, seeking out water-damaged, decaying wood that they can easily excavate. In doing so, they can seriously damage the structure of the home. In this case, they were attracted to the firewood!

We informed the owner that the firewood should be placed on a cement or metal slab at least 5 feet from the ground and as far away from the home as possible to not only avoid future infestations from carpenter ants, but termites as well! First, with the owner's permission, we properly disposed of all the firewood. Next, we treated the carpenter ant trails, the entire interior of the garage, and the entire perimeter of the home with a liquid residual. Afterward, we treated the landscape with a granular bait.

The worker ants will come in contact with either of these applications and return to their nest to share these treatments with their queen and the other ants in the colony. A short while later, the carpenter ants will be exterminated. 

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Loads of Drain Flies Infesting the Business in Brielle, NJ

After noticing an unusually high number of drain flies in his business, this customer in Brielle, NJ, called Cowleys for help. Drain flies, sometimes called sewer flies, are small, dark-winged, non-biting gnats. The key identifying trait for this fly is the unique pattern of veins in its wings. Their wings are covered with scales so they disappear in a cloud of fine dust when swatted or mashed.

As we inspected the kitchen and the sink room of the business, we noticed that the drain flies seemed to be coming from the trash room, so we inspected that area. Turns out that the drain flies were coming from three floor drains that had accumulated a decent amount of gunk and debris in them. Since these pests feed off and lay their eggs in the accumulated "muck" (organic debris) that can coat drains if not periodically cleaned, this was the perfect place for them to thrive!

We showed the owner and suggested a few simple sanitation procedures to keep his business clean and pest-free. He agreed to our suggestions and went right to cleaning! In the meantime, we applied a liquid application in all the floor drains and then scrubbed them out with our heavy-duty scrubbing brush. Afterward, we applied a bio-foam solution in the drains, which removes all the organic build-up, odors, and scum inside them. Next, we treated the high infestation areas with a fly bait to control the adult drain flies still hovering around. Lastly, we scheduled several follow up inspections to monitor the infestation and apply any additional treatments if needed.

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Carpenter Bees Attacking Homeowners Shed in Brielle, NJ

This customer in Brielle, NJ, called our office after noticing a large amount of fat bees hovering around his shed. When we arrived and took a closer look, we identified them as carpenter beesCarpenter bees are solitary, wood-destroying pests but they don’t eat wood like termites do. They can be intimidating just by their size but are typically harmless, just not to your home! Like carpenter ants, carpenter bees can cause significant property damage, as the female bees drill perfectly circular ½-inch diameter holes into fascia boards, porches, decks, siding, sheds, and other wooden structures. 

We treated each drill hole with a residual dusting application. This treatment is rapidly exterminates the carpenter bees as well as leave behind a residual to eliminate any returning carpenter bees as well as their eggs in the galleries. 


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Pest Control in Brielle, NJ

A new customer in Brielle, NJ called our office after finding odorous house ants in his kitchen. Odorous house ants are smalls ants, only 1/8 of an inch in size, are dark brown or black in color and are attracted to sweets, meats, and pastries. I'm sure right now you're thinking, why the funny name? Well if you step on one, you'll find out! They emit a rotten, coconut smell when they are crushed or alarmed. They usually enter homes after heavy rainfall.

I applied a liquid, non-repellant application directly onto the ants, throughout the kitchen and home, and all along the exterior. The application is designed to keep the ants alive long enough so they can transport the product back to their colony and then transfer it to the other ants through grooming or feeding. In a short amount of time, the entire colony is eliminated. 

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Facing a Bald-Faced Hornets Nest in Brielle, NJ

This homeowner in Brielle, NJ called Cowleys complaining of hornets in her backyard. We arrived on the scene and conducted a thorough inspection in the backyard. Within minutes we located the hornet's nest in a nearby tree. As we took a closer look, several bald-faced hornets emerged and charged right at us!

Bald-faced hornets have black bodies, a white-patterned face, and two slanted lines running from their midsection towards their head and on parts of their abdomen. Like yellowjackets and paper wasps, their upper-midsection almost looks triangular from the side. Their nests are grey and paper-like and are enclosed. Bald-faced hornets are extremely aggressive and will defend their nest against anything that comes within close proximity.

Avoiding contact is key in order to safely and effectively treat this nest. Using our extendable pole we equipped a foaming residual application and began treating the nest from a safe distance. This foaming residual will immediately knock down all the hornets in the nest on contact and prevent any future hornets from building a nest in the same area. Once all the bald-faced hornets have been eliminated, we removed the nest and the attached branch and properly disposed of them. 

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Large hornet buzzing in Brielle, NJ is European Hornet

I was recently dispatched to a home in Brielle, NJ that was undergoing some extensive renovations.We were told that there’re “flying insects” bothering the workers. Upon arrival, I observed some  insects crawling around and underneath the exposed Tyvek house wrap, attached to all of its nooks and crannies. 

Upon closer examination, I saw what I was dealing with. These were European hornets  building a nest in a wall void. With European hornets, you’ll rarely see those freely suspended football-shaped nest that are common with bald-faced hornets and paper wasps. Instead, just like here, they usually build their nests in a hole or cavity. With these insects, their nests are usually hidden and difficult to reach and treat. 

European hornets, like many other stinging insects like yellow jackets and bald-faced hornets, are social insects that live in large colonies. Social insects are often highly territorial and will aggressively defend their nests. European hornets happen to be especially intimidating because of their size. They are one of the larger stinging insects we regularly deal with — about an inch long!  

European hornets have orange, brown, and yellow markings. Because they have a bit of yellow in them, they are often confused with yellow jackets. These hornets just happen to be much larger than the slender yellow jacket. For homeowners, it’s enough to know that both are aggressive insects that can deliver painful stings. Also, if these insects get inside a home, they can build nests inside wall voids, chewing their way through sheetrock.

I treated the opening with a highly effective dust. When insects comes into contact with the dust, they bring it back with them and share it with the rest of the colony. Here, once I applied it, the hornets did not even want to advance into the opening. After treatment, it takes about a day for the activity to cease. Now, the home renovations could proceed uninterrupted without anyone worrying about being stung.




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Clogged gutters can cause home damage in Brielle, NJ

Two members of Cowleys residential home improvement crew were sent to a home in Brielle, NJ to conduct an inspection for a gutter cleaning.  

Your gutter system is designed for one purpose: to capture and direct rainwater off your roof and  away from your home’s foundation. Extensive damage and expensive repair bills can result from clogged or otherwise obstructed gutters. Types of damage include wood rot, stagnant water around the perimeter leading to foundation damage (and even collapse!), damage from water seeping into your basement or crawl space (which can also trigger mold growth and attract insects and wildlife), damaged shingles/roofing, damage from water seepage into your attic and eventually into your home’s living spaces if severe enough, damaged fascia boards on which the gutter system is attached, landscape damage to trees and shrubs around the base of the home, and ice dam formation on the lower edge of your roof in the winter. 

At a minimum, gutters should be cleaned annually. However, if you have deciduous trees (such as the Northern red oak, our official New Jersey state tree!) growing nearby your home, a gutter cleaning performed twice per year would be safer. Gutter cleanings are especially during the fall when leaves are falling. 

Cowleys offers full gutter cleaning services, a critical home maintenance task that homeowners ignore at their own peril. A professional gutter cleaning is especially important for those homeowners who do not have the time, interest, or mobility to climb up and down ladders to do it themselves. 


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Lucky this hornets nest was dormant in Brielle, NJ

Recently, I was performing a routine servicing at the clubhouse of an active “over 55” community in Brielle, NJ. Upon arrival, I spoke with the property manager to determine what pest issues, if any, had been reported to him. He told me that a hornets' nest had formed on a tree in the front yard of one of the homeowners in the community. Because of the cold weather over the past few weeks, I was confident that the nest was likely abandoned.  

I arrived at the residence to assess the problem. The homeowner greeted me and told me that he had not seen any wasps, but he was highly allergic to stinging insects and concerned when he found the nest. He did not even know the nest was “hiding” in the tree until the leaves had dropped. I explained to the homeowner, that unlike yellow jackets, these wasps are not particularly aggressive unless they feel threatened. He was not bothered by these wasps all the time they were there because he did not bother them. Also, in colder climate areas like New Jersey, Hornets will abandon their nest in the winter. Only the young queen and her eggs survive by finding some protected area like under tree bark or behind the siding of a home.

The nest was empty with no active wasp activity. For the homeowner’s peace of mind, I removed the nest. I set up a ladder and used a putty knife to remove the dormant nest attached to a tree branch. The homeowner was visibly relieved that I was able to remove the nest and take it off the property. For those who are highly allergic to stings, it can be a life-threatening emergency, and I understood the homeowner’s concern.

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Good detective work uncovers serious Powderpost Beetle infestation

I was sent to an older home in Brielle for an annual inspection covered under our carpenter ant contract. The home had previously been treated for an infestation of these wood-destroying insects, and I wanted to make sure the home was still free of any infestation. Usually, you will find carpenter ants nesting inside dead, damp soft wood. Unlike termites, they do not consumer the wood; rather they bore holes to establish and enlarge their nests. They are capable of hollowing out sections of trees, and, one particular species, the black carpenter ant, likes to infest wooden buildings and structures, causing major structural damage. I thoroughly inspected inside the home and along the sill plate in the basement, and found no evidence of carpenter ant activity. But as often happens, when inspecting for one insect you find evidence of another. With this Braille home, one of the main beams was damaged by powderpost beetles, a type of wood-boring beetle capable of causing extensive damage, in part from the wood being exposed to water damage from the exit holes. (See picture.)

Powderpost beetles are the most destructive beetle pest of seasoned wood. They are second only to termites in the amount of damage caused to wood and wood products. These small, wood-boring insects damage both hardwoods and softwoods, although hardwood infestations are more prevalent. The term “powderpost” refers to the type of damage done by these insects. The larvae of these beetles feed on wood and, given enough time, can reduce it to a mass of fine powder. You’ll see this powdery wood dust as the beetles emerge from their nests. Powderpost beetle larvae spend months or years inside wood while developing, feeding mainly on the starch content. Their presence is only apparent when they emerge as adults, leaving behind pinhole-sized openings. They may also leave piles of powdery frass, which is the waste excreted by the insects when boring through the wood.

The interior and exterior of this home had been treated three years prior after a Cowleys technician had discovered carpenter ant activity by the back porch area. Since the property was covered by a warranty plan, after treating to the exterior of the home, I informed the customer about the powder post beetle damage in the basement. We set up an appointment to treat the support beam before any more damage could be done.

This Braille job is yet another example of the importance of periodic, thorough pest inspections. Insects are seeking to infest your home from every direction, underground, on the ground, and in the air. Pest inspections are a critical part of those steps a cautious homeowner takes to protect his home investment. Insects, especially termites and wood-destroying ants and beetles, are silent destroyers of property. Early infestation detection translates into easier, localized treatments and less property damage.

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