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Installing Door Sweeps to Keep Rodents Out in Freehold, NJ

Installing Door Sweeps to Keep Rodents Out in Freehold, NJ

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Installing Door Sweeps to Keep Rodents Out in Freehold, NJ Installing Door Sweeps to Keep Rodents Out in Freehold, NJ

This commercial building in Freehold, NJ was having an issue with pesky mice inside their delivery room, so the owner called Cowleys for help. Once we began investigating the area, we immediately noticed the large gap underneath the door that lead outside. This was how the mice were getting into the building!

For treatment, we vacuumed up all the mice dropping and then installed a rodent bait station in the delivery room, the adjacent room, and along the exterior of the building. Next, we installed an Xcluder™ door sweep underneath the delivery room door. The Xcluder™ door sweep is made from a blend of coarse stainless steel and poly fibers to form a highly resilient and impenetrable barrier. Lastly, we scheduled several follow up visits to monitor the infestation and replenish the bait stations as needed.

Taking Out Contaminated Crawl Space Insulation in Freehold, NJ

Taking Out Contaminated Crawl Space Insulation in Freehold, NJ

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Taking Out Contaminated Crawl Space Insulation in Freehold, NJ Taking Out Contaminated Crawl Space Insulation in Freehold, NJ

A new client in Freehold, NJ was in desperate need of new insulation in his crawl space. A short while ago a pipe had burst, which flooded the entire crawl space. The pipe was repaired, but the insulation got saturated. Fortunately, mold didn't develop yet, but if not treated immediately, it's only a matter of time until it does! 

The first thing we did was remove all the contaminated insulation from the crawl space and dispose of it properly. Afterward, we wiped down all the joists and installed ComfortTherm® insulation. ComfortTherm® insulation provides excellent temperature and noise control, and comes with a vapor-retarder for use in hot, humid climates. Next, we installed SilverGlo™ on the walls of the crawl space. SilverGlo™ is a waterproof foam insulation that seals the walls from outside moisture and humidity.

Lastly, to control the humidity levels in the crawl space, we installed a Sani-Dry Sedona commercial-grade dehumidifier. The Sedona directs the extracted water pulled out of the air directly into the sump pump and will control the humidity levels in the crawl space.

Gable Vent Protected from Squirrels & Raccoons in Freehold, NJ

Gable Vent Protected from Squirrels & Raccoons in Freehold, NJ

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Gable Vent Protected from Squirrels & Raccoons in Freehold, NJ Gable Vent Protected from Squirrels & Raccoons in Freehold, NJ

This homeowner in Freehold, NJ, was having an issue with squirrels invaded his attic space, so he contacted Little Rascals Nuisance Wildlife Removal for help. After a thorough inspection, we determined that the squirrels were entering the home via the gable vent. Nuisance wildlife infesting a home via the gable vents is very common. Over time, the gable vents get weathered, and raccoons, squirrels, birds, and bats have no problem ripping away these vents to find shelter inside a home.

To safely remove the squirrels, we temporarily installed hardware cloth over the gable vent and attached a one-way device to it. We also placed several baited devices nearby. The one-way device allows the squirrels to safely exit the area, but prevents them from getting back in. A short while later, we successfully retrieved all the squirrels and relocated them to a new, humane location.

In order to prevent any future intrusions from squirrels, and other nuisance wildlife, from gaining access into the home, we installed Pest-Blok over the gable vent. Pest-Blok doesn't restrict the airflow to the attic, undergoes a silicone-protected polyester coating process that makes it last longer, and guards the home against squirrels, raccoons, and all other nuisance wildlife and birds.

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Cowleys Pest Services is Freehold, 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 Freehold and nearby.

Trusted Pest Control Company Proudly Serving Freehold

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

Freehold 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 Freehold and nearby.

Case Studies From Freehold
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One of our commercial accounts, a senior community in Freehold, NJ contacted us after an occupant reported large black ants in her home to the...
Groundhogs
We were sent out on a service call for one Cowleys commercial accounts, a senior facility in Freehold, NJ. The property manager reported that a...
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A new residential client in Freehold, NJ contacted Cowleys after noticing a large number of bees on the side of his home. We began our inspection and...
Job Stories From Freehold, NJ
Raccoon Poop All Over the Attic in Freehold, NJ

This homeowner in Freehold, NJ, spotted a raccoon walking across his roof one evening and was immediately terrified for his children! So he contacted Little Rascals for help and we were sent out. As we inspected the exterior of the home, we discovered that the raccoon had torn a hole right into the roof to gain access into the attic! We then inspected the attic and found raccoon feces throughout the attic insulation. The raccoons had turned this beautiful attic into a smelly bathroom!

To safely retrieve the raccoon, we installed a positive set directly over the access point as well as set up several baited devices nearby. A positive set is comprised of a nose cone that is attached to a two-gaited, heavy-duty device. The nose cone will safely guide the raccoon into the device. It's called a positive set, because we are positive that the raccoon will enter our device! A short while later, we safely retrieved the raccoon, and relocated it to new humane environment.

As a temporary solution, until a roofer can come out and repair the damage, we installed sturdy metal flashing over the access point to prevent any future nuisance wildlife or pest infestations. The homeowner always made an appointment with our Attic Systems division to come out, disinfect the attic, remove all the contaminated insulation, and replace it with TruSoft blown-in cellulose insulation.

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Attic Insulation Full of Mice in Freehold, NJ

During a winter inspection for a Home Protection Plan customer in Freehold, NJ, as we were inspecting the attic, we found a ton of mice tunnels throughout the insulation. Mice will often tunnel in the insulation to create a warm nesting place. We also found an abundance of mice tunnels throughout the insulation and even some chew marks on some of the pipe insulation! Looks like this homeowner has a mouse infestation!

During our inspection of the attic, we noticed several gaps around the wires in the attic that led outside. Since mice only need the width of a pencil to enter a structure, this was how the mice were infesting the home. First, we carefully removed all the mice droppings. Next, we installed several rodent bait stations throughout the attic and along the exterior of the home. Once that was finished, we stuffed every single gap around the wires 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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Ants Swarming on the Side of the House in Freehold, NJ

We were sent out on a service call to a new customer in Freehold, NJ, to treat for ants. Apparently, they were spotted all over her kitchen counters. As we examined the ants in the kitchen, we followed their trail along the counter to a small crack in the backsplash. Once we took a look outside, we spotted a massive amount of ants all over the side of the building.

For treatment, we treated the kitchen counters with our ant gel bait and then, with the owners permission, treated the cracks, crevices, and baseboards of the kitchen with a liquid residual. Next, we went outside and treated the entire exterior perimeter of the home with the same liquid residual. Afterward, we treated the grassy areas with a granular bait and then applied the gel bait to the ant trails on the side of the building.

Once the worker ants come in contact with any of these products, they'll bring them back to their nest and then unknowingly transfer the treatments to their queen as well as the other ants in the colony. A short while later, the ant colony will be exterminated.

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Taking Down a Hornets Nest in Freehold, NJ

As we were servicing the home of a new Home Protection Plan customer in Freehold, NJ, we discovered a soccer ball sized bald-faced hornets nest about 20 feet up in a tree in the backyard. Bald-faced hornets are EXTREMELY aggressive & territorial, have smooth stingers (which means they can sting a target over and over again), and can even remember an intruders face! They can also sense vibrations in the air, so if you're approaching the nest, they will be alerted and emerge to defend their nest!

For treatment, we grabbed our extendable pole, attached a knockdown aerosol product to it, and then injected it into the nest. We then waited a few moments and then treated the nest with a knockdown liquid application. Both of these treatments will rapidly exterminate the bald-faced hornets. After a short while, we removed the nest, and the branch it was attached to, and disposed of them.

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Found Two Bald-Faced Hornets Nest in Freehold, NJ

A new customer in Freehold, NJ, called our office after her youngest son found a basketball sized hornets nest in one of the trees in their backyard. Once we arrived and took a closer look at these stinging insects, we quickly identified them as bald-faced hornets. On top of that, we found another bald-faced hornets nest in another tree on the property!

One very important fact that you must know about bald-faced hornets is that they are EXTREMELY aggressive and will not hesitate to sting anything that invades their space. Their stings carry venom that makes the stings hurt, itch, and swell for about 24 hours. Humans are at the same risk of allergic reactions from bald-faced hornet stings as with other insect stings. What makes them even scarier is they have smooth stingers, which means they can sting over and over again, can actually sense vibrations in the air, and remember their invader's face!

Since the nests were about 20 feet up in the tree, we grabbed our extendable pole, attached a knockdown aerosol application to it, and then injected the product into each of the bald-faced hornet nests. This application quickly exterminates these stinging insects! A short while later, we removed each of the nests (as well as the branches they were attached to) and properly disposed of them.

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Large Colonies of Ants in Front of Community Home in Freehold, NJ

A property manager of an adult community in Freehold, NJ, reached out to our Pest Control Division after several of her residents reported seeing a ton of ants in front of the main office. Once we arrived, sure enough, there was a bunch of ant mounds and ants throughout the landscape. 

For treatment, we applied a granular bait to the entire landscape. Afterward, we treated the entire exterior of the building with a liquid non-repellant. The worker ants will come in contact with either of these products, bring them back to their nest, and then share it with the other ants in the colony and their reproductive queen. A short while later, the ants will be exterminated.

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Buried Form Board Leads to Termites in Fair Haven, NJ

As we were treating around this commercial property in Fair Haven, NJ, we came across a foam board that was left buried after the sidewalk was poured. When we removed the foam board, we were surprised to find it loaded with termites! We immediately told the property owner, who then opted in for a termite treatment. 

First, we drilled around the entire exterior of the building and by the sidewalk. Next, we injected a liquid termiticide into all the drill holes, around the sidewalk, and around the exterior of the building. The termiticide binds to the treated area and creates a protective zone that the termites can't detect. The termites will then come in contact with the termiticide as they go about their normal routines and transfer it throughout their colony. In a short amount of time, the termites are exterminated!

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Commercial Kitchen Taken Over by Cockroaches in Freehold, NJ

Recently, we treated a restaurant in Freehold, NJ that was suffering from a severe cockroach infestation. As we inspected the kitchen,we noticed some cockroach activity by a garbage can near a refrigerator. We asked the owner to move the refrigerator for us so that we could inspect the area. As soon as he did, we found a huge nest of cockroaches underneath it!

First, with the owners permission, we carefully disposed of all the contaminated items in the kitchen. Next, we applied a knockdown aerosol product to every single crack, crevice, appliance, and baseboard throughout the area. This product flushes the cockroaches out of hiding and rapidly exterminates them. Afterward, we treated the entire kitchen with an EPA registered insect growth regulator that is combined with a residual product. This treatment affects the cockroaches' reproductive system and prevents them from reaching adulthood.

Next, we placed several monitoring devices throughout the building. Lastly, we scheduled several follow-up visits to monitor the infestation and repeat the treatment process until the cockroaches are no longer infesting the business.

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Utility Pipes Causing a Big Rat Problem in Freehold, NJ

As we began the service for a new Home Protection Plan client in Freehold, NJ we came across multiple gaps around several utility pipes. As we took a closer look, we found rat droppings near the base of one of them. Since the utility pipes lead into the crawl space, we decided to inspect that area. Good thing we did because we found even more rat droppings throughout the area! When we spoke to the owner, she had no idea that she even had a rodent problem! This is one of the many reasons why a thorough inspection of a property is so important!

First, we cleaned up all the droppings in the crawl space and on the outside of the home. Next, we installed several rodent bait stations throughout the crawl space and along the exterior of the home. Lastly, we scheduled several follow up visits to replenish the bait stations and monitor the rat activity. On our next visit, we will stuff all the gaps with chew proof stainless steel mesh and seal them with a premium, waterproof adhesive. 

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Still Found Yellow Jackets in December in Freehold, NJ

Even though it's December and the outside temperatures have dropped, this homeowner in Freehold, NJ was still having an issue with yellow jackets infesting her home! They were using a gap around one of the utility pipes to enter the basement. For treatment, we injected a knockdown dusting application, which rapidly exterminates the yellow jackets. After several moments, we removed the nest and properly disposed of it. Afterward, we sealed up this opening, as well as any other gaps around the home with a waterproof, premium adhesive. Lastly, we treated the main infestation point and the entire exterior of the home with a liquid residual to eliminate any returning yellow jackets as well as prevent them from rebuilding their nest. 

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Garden Full of Ants in Freehold, NJ

While treating this home in Freehold, NJ, the owner mentioned that she was seeing ants in a particular area of her garden. So we took a closer look and noticed a number of ants trailing underneath a rock. So we flipped it over and BINGO! We found the main nest! We’re going to treat this area with a granular bait and a liquid residual. The ants will come in contact with either of these products, return to their colony, and rapidly spread the treatments throughout their nest. A short while later, the ant colony is exterminated. 

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Mice Working in the Garage in Freehold, NJ

A frantic homeowner in Freehold, NJ called our office after a mouse ran across her workbench in the detached garage! As we inspected the garage, we found a plethora of mice droppings near several of the windows and near the back door leading outside to the backyard. Upon closer inspection, we noticed that there was a hole in the window screens and a large gap underneath the door. This was how the mice were able to infest the garage.

We told the homeowner that the window screens need to be replaced ASAP and that, until they are replaced, the windows must remain closed. We were happy that the owner agreed with us and ordered new screens for the windows. In the meantime, we carefully cleaned up the droppings and installed several rodent bait stations throughout the garage, along the exterior of the garage, and, as a precaution, along the exterior of the home. Next, we stuffed all the openings around the utility pipes throughout the garage and the exterior of the home with chew-proof stainless steel mesh and then sealed them in place with a waterproof, premium adhesive.

Afterward, we placed an Xcluder® Rodent Proof Door Sweep underneath the back 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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Clogged Dryer Vent Could Lead to A Pest Problem in Freehold, NJ

As we were servicing this property in Freehold, NJ, we noticed that the dryer exhaust vent was severely clogged. Exhaust vents that are blocked by lint will keep the hot moist air in the dryer, making the dryer run longer. This will work the dryer harder and longer than it needs to and cause it to wear down faster. Not to mention, if your exhaust vent is blocked, all of this built-up lint can become a fire hazard. The heat from your dryer could cause the lint to combust, potentially catching your dryer and parts of your home on fire!

One more thing, clogged dryer exhaust vents can lead to a rodent infestation! They see the buildup of lint as a cozy sweater and will make their way into the exhaust vent and then infest your home and spread some deadly diseases. We informed the homeowner of this problem and they contacted a local air duct cleaning service who will come out later that week.

In the meantime, we removed the cover and cleaned the dryer exhaust vent out as much as we could. Once all the exhaust vents are professionally cleaned, at the owners' request, our Little Rascals Nuisance Removal team will come out and replace all the exhaust vents with a DryerWallVent®.

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Exterminated Wasps in Freehold, NJ

As far as insects go, all of those nasty stingers out there stinging have had plenty of time to build their nests and are now at their peak populations. We were sent out on a service call for a resident who had a wasps nest build right on his front door! We inspected the area and identified these stinging insects as bald-faced hornets. 

Bald-faced hornets are actually more closely related to yellow jackets than hornets. These social insects are black in color with white markings on the front of the head and the tip of the abdomen. Come early spring, the queen selects a suitable location, constructs a small nest and begins establishing a colony. The workers take over the duties of enlarging and maintaining the nest, foraging for food and caring for the offspring while the queen functions only to produce more eggs. A fully mature colony consists of a queen, 200 to 400 workers, brood and, in late summer, males and reproductive females.

Fortunately, the nest here was small and still in the early building stages, so it's not as active as a fully mature nest. We applied an aerosol application directly on the nest. This application immediately knocks down the bald-faced hornets on contact. Once all the hornets are gone, we properly disposed of the nest.

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Hidden Termites in Freehold, NJ

As the soil starts to warm, termite populations emerge in search of a new structure to invade. Termite infestations can compromise the structural stability of a home, and cause thousands of dollars in damage, without anyone even knowing — which is exactly what happened to a homeowner in Freehold, NJ.

As the homeowner was replacing his welcome home mat by his front door, he noticed that the entire door sill was damaged. He thought maybe his kids damaged it, but as he took a closer look he found termites inside! Worried, he contacted Cowleys to eliminate his newly discovered termite infestation.

I began my inspection and did find several subterranean termite workers making a meal out of the homeowner's door sill. This termite species lives in underground colonies or in moist secluded areas aboveground. They build distinctive "mud tubes" to gain access to food sources and to protect themselves from open air. I then continued my inspection to uncover any other areas in the home that termites may be hiding — fortunately, I did not find any.  

Since termites live beneath the soil and enter your home below the ground level of the dirt, I drilled into the concrete and around the entire exterior of the home and then injected a liquid application into the ground so that the termites will come into contact with the product. This application binds to the treated soil and creates a protective zone that termites cannot detect. Termites will either ingest the application or come in contact with it as they go about their normal routines. Within a short amount of time, the termites are eliminated.

I scheduled a follow-up appointment with the homeowner to make sure that the termites are gone for good and, if not, apply additional treatment methods. 

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Fruit flies invade Freehold, NJ restaurant.

Today, I was performing some preventative treatments for a restaurant in Freehold, NJ that has been a long-time commercial customer of Cowleys. Pest control in restaurants is a cooperative effort with the pest control technician and the kitchen staff. There must be daily, weekly, and monthly sanitation and hygiene protocols in place, and the kitchen manager must ensure that they are being followed. Food debris and organic film accumulating on the floor or in drains often lead to insect and rodent infestations. Restaurants must have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to pests.

While doing my work, I came across an unpleasant surprise. There was a mass of fruit flies in the kitchen. For such little gnats, they can be one giant pain! A heavy fruit fly infestation can be tricky to resolve and using pest control products can only assist in eliminating these little pests. The best way to eliminate one of these infestations is to find the source where they are breeding and eliminate the breeding material. Here, I tracked the fruit flies back to a sink and an adjacent recycling bin.The sink had a significant amount of food debris that hadn’t been cleaned out for some time. That decaying food debris is a major fruit fly attractant. In fact, fruit flies can identify food debris from over 100 yards away. Yes, over 100 yards away — farther than a football field!  The recycling bin nest to the sink had a sticky film of soda coating its bottom. There is nothing that fruit flies like better than a film of sweet, sugary soda.

I diplomatically asked the shift manager if she would be able to have the sink and recycling bin thoroughly cleaned as soon as possible. She was anxious to accommodate my request. The kitchen staff was going crazy with the gnats. Working in a kitchen with fruit flies hovering all around, getting in your eyes, hair, nose, and mouth is quite unpleasant, to say the least. 

If there is a fruit fly infestation in your home or business, the sure fix is finding and removing their breeding source. Sometimes, it takes some investigation to locate the source and thoroughly clean the area. If the problem is a drain coated with food debris, cleaning out the drains may require a bioenzyme drain gel and a long, flexible drain brush. The breeding source can be anywhere — from a hidden spill underneath an appliance to a dirty mop in the utility room. However, once their source is gone, the fruit fly population will soon die out.

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Little Red Bug is Boxelder in Freehold, NJ

Recently, we were contacted by one of our larger commercial customers, a large residential community in Freehold, NJ. One of the homeowners complained to the property manager that his home was being invaded by “little red bugs,” and I was sent out immediately to resolve the problem.

I immediately identified these bugs as boxelder bugs. These destructive pests are named after boxelder trees, one of the trees that they commonly infest. Although these bugs seek out the seeds of boxelder trees, we also find them infesting maple and ash trees.  These oval, black bugs with reddish-orange markings on its back are about 1/2" long. Boxelder bugs molt numerous times on their way to adulthood and the nymphs look nothing like the adult bugs. The tiny baby nymphs are often completely red in their early stages. No doubt, it was these little red nymphs, which are often found in huge clusters, that caught the attention of this homeowner.

During the spring and summer months, you’ll often see these bugs “sunning” themselves on the tops of rocks for warmth. However,  once cool temperatures move in during the fall, they look for warmer places to overwinter and escape the harsh outdoor elements. This is when we find these bugs inside our homes. Often, they escape notice for quite awhile. However, problems start when homeowners start turning on the heat as temperatures continue to drip during the fall as winter approaches. Insects naturally respond to temperature changes and are stimulated into activity by the artificial warmth. Believing that spring has arrived, they become active once again, and enter the living spaces of the home in search of food and water. 

The homeowner did the right thing by notifying us of the boxelder problem in the summer. It is far better to deal with bug infestations found outside of your home in the summer before they start looking to overwinter. With insects, because of their size, it’s relatively easy for them to find ways to access your home where they can become a major nuisance. For example, boxelder bugs  may stain your furnishings with their wastes and feed on certain types of house plants.

For this outdoor boxelder bug infestation, I treated all of the areas where these bugs congregate including the rocks in the landscape bed, a maple tree growing close to the home, and as a precaution, I also treated underneath the adjacent siding. I wanted to be sure that this infestation was eliminated while the bugs were still outside. The infestations will become more complicated to treat in a few months once temperatures drop and the pests find their way inside.

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Carpenter Ants Found in Freehold, NJ Medical Office

Recently, I was sent to one of our commercial accounts, a medical office in Freehold, NJ. Based on the description of the infestation given to us over the phone, we suspected carpenter ants, a major pest problem this time of year. Sure enough, during my exterior perimeter inspection of the building, I observed numerous trails of carpenter ants. These large ants, up to 1/2 inch in length, are wood-destroying insects (WDIs). Although there are numerous insects that either consume wood or bore holes in it for nesting, the most common invaders are carpenter ants, carpenter bees, and the “kings” of property damage — termites. Carpenter ants excavate galleries in wood, most often untreated, moist, water-damaged wood. Outside, carpenter ants commonly nest in trees, tree stumps, leaf litter, and firewood. Inside, they are often spotted around doors, window sills, sinks, and areas around roofs and chimneys.  

To resolve this infestation, we treated the exterior of the building with a termidor (fipronil) application. Although this application is mostly widely known for use with termite control, we use it for other pest control situations as well, including as an exterior perimeter treatment for property-damaging carpenter ants and plain old nuisance ants. Termidor works exceptionally well for carpenter ants as a foundation or perimeter spray. Just like with termites, the workers pick up the product as they travel back and forth from the nest, soon contaminating the rest of the colony. The objective with these types of social pests is to kill the egg-producing queen. Killing isolated foraging ants will not resolve the infestation. 

During our inspection, we observed that the rear of the building faced a wooded area. An inspection of the trees close to the building revealed that many of them were infested with carpenter ants. I treated the trees with a waterproof long-term residual dust using a bellow hand duster to apply the product in the numerous holes bored out by the ants. Since these ants were nesting outside of the building, I wanted to see if we could knock down the ant population by treating the exterior first and delay applying product inside the building, especially since it was a doctor’s office. There was no sense in unnecessarily treating the inside if the infestation could be successfully resolved outside. I’m confident that those foraging carpenter ants that manage to find their way inside the building will soon be gone once the outdoor nests are eliminated. 

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Wasp infestation brings fear to community in Freehold, NJ

While conducting a servicing at one of our accounts, a large residential community in Freehold, NJ, the property manager informed me that one of the residents had a wasp nest above her front door. Stinging insects, especially aggressive, territorial wasps, are a high priority infestation, and I immediately attended to this problem.

When I arrived at the resident’s unit, I observed active insect activity around the nest. I treated the nest with an aerosol and waited until all insect activity stopped. I then removed and bagged the nest so that I could transport it away from the premises. Fortunately, no one, including me, was stung. Whenever I am dealing with a wasp, yellow jacket, or other stinging insect infestation, if I am able to kill the insects and remove their nest without being stung, it’s automatically a good day for me! 

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Tick defense in Freehold

New Jersey is one of the top states for reported Lyme Disease cases, and most of tick bites happen in May, June, and July. Ticks cling onto vegetation, and when a host brushes by, the tick climbs aboard and looks for a place to attach. Many sufferers of Lyme disease have been bitten by ticks right in their own backyards. 

Fortunately, homeowners can dramatically reduce the chance of tick bites and Lyme disease. First, any of us who live in New Jersey and enjoy the outdoors should always be aware of ticks. We should routinely do tick checks on ourselves and on our children whenever returning from the outdoors. Second, you can actively reduce tick populations around your own home. 

I recently serviced a homeowner in Freehold Township who requested our tick-reduction program, a series of well-timed, targeted treatments to knock down ticks at all stages of their life cycle. First, I conducted a property analysis to determine the tick activity level and design an appropriate treatment plan for that home's specific landscaping and surrounding environment. There are numerous ways to make your yard less attractive to ticks, from placing  a wood chip barrier along wooded areas to to simple steps like frequent mowing and yard debris removal. By restricting tick migration and tick harborage, tick populations drop dramatically. 

In addition to this "habitat modification," I apply a tick treatment to those areas where ticks are likely present such as tall vegetation as well as the lawn perimeter, paying careful attention to forest lines. This targeted approach is most effective for long-term tick control. And for households with children and pets, this approach is far safer than blanket treatment of the entire lawn. 

With tick-reduction programs, early spring is the ideal time to begin treatment. Spring is a peak time for eggs and tiny nymphs. Reducing these younger tick populations in the spring means less adult ticks down the road. Also, because of their size, nymphs are difficult to detect and these tiny ticks can just as easily transfer diseases through their bites.

As a home protection technician, one part of my job I especially enjoy is helping families enjoy their property during the spring and summer. For me, looking forward to these precious months is what gets me through our tough New Jersey winters. For me, there is a lot of satisfaction helping a family and seeing their kids enjoy their own backyard without the threat of biting, disease-carrying ticks. 

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Bed bugs in Freehold library book.

This picture was taken in an apartment in freehold today. This book to the untrained eye would seem harmless. It was in fact a mystery novel but that's not the point of this story. This particular book was from the public library. The black stains on the pages are fecal stains from a bedbug. This resident informed me that she's had the book for quite some time and always reads in bed. If she had returned this book what's to say she wouldn't also transport bedbugs as well. Just be careful of what you bring into your home not knowing where it was before. Used furniture, borrowed items, even belongings of close friends are harborage areas of bedbugs.

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Take away the termites but leave my landscaping.

This past week I was scheduled for a termite treatment in Freehold, N.J. I explained to the customer that the treatment for termites is a chemical treatment to the soil which included digging a trench around the exterior foundation of his home. The customer was concerned that his landscape that he prides was gonna look horrible after the job was done. I assured him I'd do my best to make it look like I was never there. Another happy customer.