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Cowleys Nuisance Wildlife Exclusion Process in Manalapan, NJ

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A couple in Manalapan, NJ had a major issue with foxes living underneath their deck. We were sent out, inspected the entire area, and set-up our devices to safely retrieve the fox family. Shortly after setting up trapping, the foxes were safely retrieved and we relocated them to a new, humane location.

Although the foxes were safely removed, that was only half the battle. The deck area was still vulnerable for future intrusions from foxes and other nuisance wildlife.

To fix this, we dug a trench around the entire perimeter of the deck area that was 1 ft deep and 1 ft out from the bottom of the deck and then installed hardware cloth. This creates a sturdy "L shaped" perimeter that the foxes (and other nuisance wildlife) are unable to dig through. 

Once we finished installing the hardware cloth, we installed lattice around the entire perimeter of the deck. Now the deck is not only protected from future intrusions from any nuisance wildlife, but it looks aesthetically pleasing as well. 

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Cowleys Pest Services is Englishtown, 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:

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Have you been dealing with termites, cockroaches, or bed bugs in your Englishtown 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:

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  • Cockroaches
  • Flies
  • Mosquitoes
  • Rodents
  • And more!

Englishtown 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
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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 Englishtown and nearby.

Case Studies From Englishtown
Recently, I went on a call for one of our Home Protection Plan (HPP) clients in Manalapan, NJ. HPP clients receive periodic inspections and...
Recently, I went on a service call to an apartment complex in Manalapan, NJ in order to resolve a wildlife infestation The property manager was...
Recently, I was called out for a residential servicing in Manalapan, NJ to resolve a yellow jacket infestation. Yellow jackets are a type of wasp,...
Job Stories From Englishtown, NJ
Termites Attracted to the Firewood in Manalapan, NJ

As we were servicing a property in Manalapan, NJ, we noticed a stack of firewood in the corner of the backyard. Since storing firewood on the ground (and not on a platform 6 inches off the ground) is a bad idea, we decided to inspect it to make sure that there weren't any pests harboring inside them. Good thing we did, because as soon as we picked up one of the logs, it broke apart and revealed a massive termite colony inside it! We informed the homeowner and she immediately signed up for a termite treatment

First, at the owners request, we carefully removed and disposed of all the firewood. Afterward, we injected a liquid termiticide around the entire exterior home. This treatment binds to the treated areas and creates a protective zone that the termites can't detect. The termites will come in contact with the termiticide as they go about their normal routines and transfer it throughout their colony. The treatment then spreads like a virus throughout their colony. In a short amount of time, the termites are exterminated and the home is protected from termites for years to come.

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Squirrels Destroy Soffit to Infest Home in Manalapan, NJ

After hearing a rustling noise in this attic during the early hours of the morning, this homeowner in Manalapan, NJ thought that she might have something living up their, so she contacted our Little Rascals Nuisance Wildlife Division for help. As we inspected the exterior of the home, we noticed a large, chewed out hole above the gutter. We took a closer look and found squirrel prints on the gutter and their hair in the opening. Looks the owner has squirrels living in her attic!

As a temporary solution, we set up a one-way device over the opening and enclosed it with hardware cloth. We also placed several baited devices nearby. The one-way device allows the squirrels to safely leave the area but is designed to prevent them from getting back in. Once all the squirrels are safely removed from the home, we will relocate them to a new, humane environment, disinfect the attic, and install sturdy metal flashing over the access point. 

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Protecting a Home from Termites in Manalapan, NJ

We were sent out to a new customers home in Manalapan, NJ to treat for termites. The homeowner reported seeing activity in the crawl space, so that's where we began our inspection. Sure enough, we found active termites mud tubes throughout the wooden joists in the crawl space! For treatment, we drilled into the concrete in the crawl space, and around the entire exterior of the home, and injected a liquid termiticide. The termiciticde will bind to the treated area and create a protective zone that the termites can't detect. They will come in contact with the application as they go about their normal routines and transfer it throughout their colony. In a short amount of time, the termites are exterminated.

Afterward, we installed an in-ground termite baiting system called Sentricon® around the exterior of the home. When the termites come in contact with the Sentricon® bait system, they eat the cellulose material, unknowingly consuming an insect growth inhibitor. The termites then go on to share this "food" with their colony members. The growth inhibitor then takes over and prevents the termites from being able to molt. If they cannot molt, then the colony is eliminated. Now the home is protected from termites for many years to come!

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Mice Sliding Under the Garage in Manalapan, NJ

We were sent to a home in Manalapan, NJ to handle a mice issue in the homeowners garage. As we inspected the area, we found several gaps around multiple utility pipes throughout the garage. Additionally, we found huge gap underneath the garage door itself. For treatment, we stuffed every opening with stainless steel mesh and sealed them up with a waterproof, premium adhesive. Afterward, we placed several rodent bait stations in the garage and along the exterior of the garage.

Next, we placed Xcluder® Rodent Proof Door Sweeps underneath the garage door. Xcluder® door sweeps feature Xcluder® fill fabric, providing a barrier impenetrable to rodents and other pests, along with a durable weather seal that can pay for itself in energy savings. Lastly, we scheduled several follow-up visits to replenish the bait stations and monitor the mice activity.

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Voles Cause Havoc to Homeowners Lawn in Manalapan, NJ

This homeowner in Manalapan, NJ had an issue with voles destroying her flower garden and her lawn. During our inspection, we found multiple burrows along the deck. To safely eliminate the voles, we installed a snap trap box and placed two rock snap traps on each side of it. Inside the snap trap box are 8 snap traps. In no time at all, the voles will be eliminated.

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Ants Carrying Our Bait Away in Manalapan, NJ

A new customer in Manalapan, NJ recently contacted our office after finding a plethora of ants around her deck. After finding the ants on the deck, we did some detective work and followed their pheromone trail to a bush that was over 30 feet away from the home! We treated the deck and the entire exterior perimeter of the home with a liquid residual.

Afterward, we treated the landscape with a granular bait. The ants will come in contact with either of these applications, return to their nest, and transfer the treatments throughout their colony. A short while later, the ants will be exterminated. 

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Laundry Room Full of Termites in Manalapan, NJ

Recently, we treated a home in Manalapan, NJ for termites. When we began our inspection, we found hundreds of termite swarmers in the laundry room! Termite swarmers are winged termites that fly away to form their own colonies. They don't cause any structural damage to the home, but it is an indication that there is an active termite nest nearby. 

Termites live beneath the soil and enter your home below the ground level of the dirt.  For an effective treatment, we drill into the concrete and inject a termiticide, however, there was an issue. There was an electrical conduit under the floor and drilling would be risky and dangerous. Instead, we gravity fed the liquid termiticide and termiticide foam into the cracks of the slab under the tile. This application binds to the treated soil and creates a protective zone that the termites cannot detect. Once the termites come in contact with the application, they'll transfer it to other termites in the colony and, in a short amount of time, the termites are exterminated!

We also installed Sentricon termite bait stations in the ground around the entire building. The Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System provides continuous protection from termites, even against those that have not yet entered your property. When termites come in contact with the Sentricon® bait system, they eat the cellulose material, unknowingly consuming an insect growth inhibitor. The termites then go on to share this "food" with their colony members. The growth inhibitor then takes over and prevents the termites from being able to molt. If they cannot molt, then the colony is eliminated.

 As a result of a thorough treatment, the building will be termite-free and protected for many years to come.

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Problems with Under Insulated Attics in Manalapan, NJ

A homeowner in Manalapan, NJ contacted Cowleys and wanted to add blown-in cellulose insulation to his attic space. Once we arrived, before beginning any job, we conducted a thorough inspection to determine any severe issues in his attic. This inspection not only helps us identify any issues in the attic but also helps us determine how we can SOLVE those issues.

After our inspection, we determined that the attic was under-insulated. Having an under-insulated attic can lead to a number of problems, the most popular is mold and mildew growth in the attic. If the home doesn’t have an adequate vapor barrier and there are leaks, then that water absorbs into traditional forms of insulation. Then mold and mildew begin to grow, which can be a health hazard for everyone in the home, including pets.

To address this issue, we added 12 inches of Tru-soft cellulose insulation to cap off this attics existing insulation. Cellulose insulation is used to fill the attic to the recommended insulation levels. The blanket of insulation will create a thermal barrier and will dramatically increase the home's efficiency.

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Pavement Ants Hide in Exterior Brick Wall in Manalapan, NJ

While performing a routine service for a Home Protection Plan client in Manalapan, NJ I found pavement ants trailing along the side of the home. Pavement ants are tiny ants, only about 1/16 of an inch in size and are light brown to black in color. They nest in cracks in driveways and sidewalks and will pile dirt in a mound on top of the pavement — which is how they got their name. Their colony includes multiple queens and numerous workers. A queen establishes a new colony of pavement ants by laying eggs and the worker ants then tend the queen’s brood until they develop into adults. During their development, broods are transferred from location to location to protect them from fluctuations in moisture and temperature. 

For treatment, I’m going to apply a liquid non-repellant directly on the ant trail and along the entire exterior perimeter of the home. This non-repellent is undetectable to the ants, so when they come in contact with it, they return to the colony and share it with other ants, including the reproductive queen. The application works quickly, and soon the ant population is completely eliminated. 

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Bald-Faced Hornets Take a Swim in Manalapan, NJ

I went out on a service call for a new residential client in Manalapan, NJ who was having an issue with hornets circling around her pool shed. When I arrived and began inspecting her backyard, I came across a bald-faced hornet nest dangling on the side of the pool shed.

Bald-faced hornets have a black colored body with white markings on their face. They are primarily active during the day and build aerial nests made of paper-like material. They are very protective of their nests and will aggressively attack and sting people and animals they deem a threat. Bald-faced hornets often attack in large numbers and, due to their smooth stinger, can attack a target repeatedly without harming itself.

I equipped my bee suit and applied a foaming knockdown application directly to the nest. This application is designed to immediately eliminate the bald-faced hornets. I attached the application to my B-pole in order to treat the nest safely from a distance. Once the hornets were eliminated I removed the nest and applied a residual application to the entire soffit area of the pool shed to prevent any future bald-faced hornets infestations. 

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Bats and Their Guano in Attic in Manalapan, NJ

A client in Manalapan, NJ contacted Cowleys after hearing noises in his attic late at night. I suspected it was raccoons since raccoons are nocturnal and are notorious for invading attics, but still needed to conduct a thorough inspection.  

I began my inspection in the attic and immediately came across a pile of bat guano. After completing my inspection I determined that it wasn’t raccoons, but bats that invaded the attic. This is why a detailed inspection is necessary. Bats in the attic can be catastrophic for homeowners. Bat guano carries the fungus Histoplasma capsulatum. If the bat guano dries up, becomes air born and is inhaled, it will give you a lung infection called histoplasmosis. If histoplasmosis spreads beyond the lungs and into the whole body, it can be fatal. Bats are also the second largest rabies exposure threat to humans and their pets. The virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected bat, however, you can also be exposed to rabies through contact with bat fur, guano, blood, or urine. Although bat bites in humans are exceedingly rare, if you suspect you have a bat issue, don’t take any chances.

The main entry point ended up being where the soffit meets the roof. There was a tiny gap that was the perfect size for a bat to enter. I set-up a bat cone connected to a one-way exclusion device. A one-way exclusion device is a device designed to safely allow the bats to leave the home but prevent them from re-entering. A bat cone is an extension of the device that safely guides the bat out of the attic. Because of their length and cylindrical shape, once bats exit they can’t get back in. They can’t get back in because there is no way for them to land and scoot up through the tube. They will fly towards the rear end of the tube where their former access was and be blocked.  

Once all the bats were safely removed from the attic, I placed hardware cloth over the main access point to seal up the gap as a temporary solution as the homeowner was replacing his roof anyway and hired a contractor to do so. Next, I equipped my personal protective equipment and removed and sanitized the bat guano. Now the homeowner can rest easy knowing that his home is free from bats!

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Flea infestation in Englishtown, NJ home

Recently, I was sent to a home Englishtown, NJ to resolve a troublesome flea infestation. Fleas are tiny external parasites that require blood meals similar to ticks and bed bugs. Their lateral compressed body allows them to easily move through the hair, fur, or feathers of the host’s body. While bed bugs prefer human blood, fleas are most attracted to our feline and canine pets, and once in our homes use us for their blood meals as well. In people, they often wind up in our hair, causing extreme soreness and itching of our scalp. People can have an allergic reaction to flea saliva, and these pests are known for transferring intestinal tapeworms to our pets. Flea tapeworm is possible with humans if an infected flea is swallowed, so most reported cases involve young children.

Cats and dogs are the most common source of flea and tick infestations inside a home. Once brought inside, they are prolific breeders. A flea can lay upwards of 50 eggs a day and 2000 eggs in her lifetime. The eggs hatch in a few days. This homeowner had both a cat and a dog, so one or both of these innocent-looking animals was the likely source of this infestation.  

An effective flea treatment must be a cooperative, coordinated effort with the customer. Cowleys provide a “to do” checklist for homeowners prior to our arrival to make the treatment most effective. Upon arrival, I thoroughly inspected all of the rooms. We treat all of the flea harborage areas including flooring (carpeting and rugs) and couches. Our products kill both the adult fleas and their off-spring. The customer is responsible for flea treatment of their pets. I treated all of the rooms in the house with special attention to those rooms used most frequently by the pets. 

Fleas are challenging infestations because of their sheer numbers, but with persistence and follow-up visits, these infestations, like any pest infestation, can always be resolved successfully.


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Crazy Ants Cause Havoc in Englishtown, NJ

While servicing one of our commercial accounts, a restaurant in Englishtown, NJ I observed a line of foraging ants marching around the outside perimeter of the structure. These particular ant are known as crazy ants — not because they drive you crazy, but because they move very erratically and unpredictably when foraging for food. From a distance, these tiny ants look like discarded coffee ground until you realize that these little things are alive and moving in every direction. 

Recently, I successfully treated another smaller species of ants, pavement ants, using a granular bait at another commercial account serviced by Cowleys. I wanted to try it here to see if it would take the “crazy” out of these ants.I placed some of the bait in the ant trail. Some were picking up the bait while others ignoring it. With ant infestations, I always try to locate the nest by following the ants. These ants seemed to be gravitating toward a tree in a parking lot island, and I saw ants climbing up the tree trunk. I kicked over some mulch and observed some pavement ants. These ants are even smaller than their crazy cousins. The pavement ants were especially interested in the bait I set out for the crazy ants. I set out more granular bait at the base of the tree to control both species of ants. With ant infestations you can’t assume you are dealing with only one species. Often, conditions that are favorable for one type of ant are favorable for others. I was glad that I observed these ants outside of the building. It’s always better to control an ant colony outside before the pests have a chance to invade the structure and find their way into all sorts of hiding places.

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Beautiful spider discovered in Englishtown, NJ

During the servicing of one of our commercial accounts in Englishtown, NJ, I came across a Halloween display better than anything you could buy in a store. I crossed paths with an orchard orb weaver. This beautiful spider was beginning to weave its treacherous web on the customer’s building. 

Many spiders, such as this one, have brilliant coloring and fascinating patterns. Orchard orb weavers have shimmering silver-white, green, and gold on their abdomens. Their classic wheel-like orb-shaped web is nearly horizontal and the spider hangs underneath it. Other orb weavers that we commonly find in New Jersey are the cross orb weaver and the spotted orb weaver. During the fall season, it doesn’t take long to find a spider and its intricate webbing. I carefully removed this spider, put her in a container, and relocated her into the woods nearby the building so she could enjoy the rest of its crawly life in peace. 

Unfortunately, spiders, just like bats, have an undeserved reputation as something scary, creepy, and dangerous. That’s far from the truth. Out of the thousands of species of spiders, about fifty are found in New Jersey, and of those, only two are poisonous, the black widow and the brown recluse. Of course, it’s always best to avoid touching any spider. Although spiders try to avoid human contact as much as we try to avoid them, they will bite if they feel threatened or endangered. 

Why did I go through the trouble of saving a spider? This lone spider was outside and just minding its own business. It wasn’t posing a threat to anyone. More important, spiders are beneficial insects. They are one of the best biological forms of pest control (as are mosquito-devouring bats) — and they don’t cost us a penny! Spiders will happily feed on common indoor pests that they ensnare in they web including mosquitoes, flies, clothes moths, and roaches. Also, spiders kill other spiders for survival including poisonous ones like black widows. 

So, if you happen see a spider or two in your home, don’t kill them. Their webs are catching many nuisance insects. It’s worth the trouble to trap them in a cup and relocate them to freedom outside. Spiders and their webs silently and efficiently trap many nuisance insects in and around your home or business — and they don’t even expect a tip!

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Locating the hidden hornets nest in Englishtown, NJ trees

With a hornets nests, you sometimes have to look carefully in order to find them. This particular large hornets nest was camouflaged by the trees on this residential property in Englishtown, NJ. For me, when dealing with a nest of this size, I don’t take any chances and wear a full bee suit for protection. 

Wasp nests are built by social wasps that live in large colonies with hundreds of workers, all of whom are ready to sting to protect their nest from any intruder. Thenest is made up of paper paste using chewed up wood fibers mixed with the insect’s saliva. Normally, these aerial hornets prefer to build their nests in trees (others, like yellow jackets, prefer holes and cavities for their nest-building).These use the nest for only one season. However, simply removing a dormant nest will not resolve the issue because the surviving overwintering wasps will construct a new one. The most effective way to deal with a hornets nest is to kill the colony while it is still active.

For this nest, I used an aerosol formulated for a knockdown of the nest up to 20 ft away. A light application is enough to eventually kill all the wasps as they pass through the opening of the nest. Just as important as killing the insects in the nest, it is critical to kill the foraging workers returning to the nest as well. When these insects come into contact the chemical over the next couple of days, there will be a complete kill of the entire colony. With the nest removed and the queen killed, the homeowner does not have to worry about this particular colony rebuilding. 

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Tricky ground hogs excluded from home in Englishtown, NJ

These homeowners in Englishtown, NJ found themselves with groundhogs nesting under their porch. Often, we deal with these critter control problems by installing Dig DeFence, a patented drive-in fencing system that extends the protection of any sense below ground. It stops dogs from digging out of your home’s fencing and also stops wildlife from entering areas like decks and patios that seem to be magnets for burrowing wildlife. Since these are steel drive-in panels, you can avoid the time and expense of trenching in order to install an underground barrier.  

We determined that for this particular home, these panels would not be effective because of the condition and spacing of the lattice on the porch. We wanted the right solution to keep out wildlife from under their porch even if it meant some extra work on our part. We decided the best way to keep out burrowing groundhogs and other digging animals, we did some digging on our part and buried thick wire mesh one foot down and bent it at a 90-degree right angle pointing one foot outward. We secured this “L”-shaped fencing to the porch structure, extending it over the lattice that had wide gaps in it for many types of wildlife to enter. This mesh will prevent the most determined groundhog or other burrowing creature from entering underneath the porch, either above ground or through digging. 

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