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Wildlife rip screen to gain access into home in Highlands

Wildlife rip screen to gain access into home in Highlands

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Wildlife rip screen to gain access into home in Highlands Wildlife rip screen to gain access into home in Highlands

This homeowner in Highlands had wildlife gaining entry into his attic through a gable vent. The wire mesh screen covering the gable vents was damaged, most likely from the animals themselves. With the screen breached, they were able to gain access into the attic.

Homes are equipped with attic vents to provide efficient ventilation. They allow heat and humidity to escape from the attic in the summer and moist air in the winter. You’ll find vents on the underside of your soffits and on the home’s gables, which are the triangular portion of the outside wall of a house that comes to a peak between the edges of the intersecting roof pitches. Homes with a simple gable roof (two roof sections sloping in opposite directions that meet at the roof ridge), typically have gable vents at the two ends of the house, and sometimes over the garage. Homes with more ornate roof structures with multiple gables usually have multiple gable vents. While these vents are necessary for efficient attic ventilation, they often wind up being the “weakest link” in the roof structure for wildlife to gain access. Time and time again, our wildlife technicians have had to deal with infestations with wildlife that used a gable vent as their personal welcome mat to enter the attic. Once inside, wildlife can cause significant property damage. They can ruin expensive insulation and chew through wires, creating a fire hazard, and their droppings are a serious health hazard.

Two members of Cowleys home construction crew were sent in to do the exclusion work and make sure that, going forward, wildlife would be blocked from trying to re-enter the attic through this vent. We carefully removed the damaged screen and installed a new one.

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Cowleys Pest Services is Highlands, 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 Highlands and nearby.

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Have you been dealing with termites, cockroaches, or bed bugs in your Highlands 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.

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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:

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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 Highlands and nearby.

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Snakes cause scare in Highlands

A customer in Highlands contacted Cowleys nuisance wildlife after finding a few uninvited snakes slithering around in her garage.  There are twenty-two known species of snakes in New Jersey. Fortunately, most stay far away from human habitats and naturally avoid people. Generally, you have to venture deep into forests or or rural areas, often near bodies of water, to come across these fear-inducing reptiles. 

However, a few species, like the garter snake, can show up virtually anywhere.  If a homeowner encounters a snake, there is a good chance that it’s a garter snake. These snakes are attracted to the many hiding spots in and around homes. You’ll find them under the siding of a home or in our “cavelike” basements and crawl spaces.  Sometimes, homeowners catch these snakes “sunbathing” out in the open on driveways. These cold-blooded reptiles seek out comfy places like warm pavement to absorb heat and sunlight. 

As happened with this Highlands homeowner, you may find snakes in that continuation of your driveway — your garage. Garages are a great place for snakes to hide from the outdoor elements and other predators and garage doors often provide easy access since they often do not seal shut, leaving a small gap in the bottom for snakes to come and go as they please. Snakes are not like raccoons, rodents, and other animals that can dig and claw their way into your home.  If there is a snake in your house, shed, or garage, there is some opening somewhere allowing access.  

We caught the snakes using large sticky traps placed near garage entry points. The ultra-sticky glue holds snakes firmly until released with cooking oil. All New Jersey snakes are protected under the NJ Endangered and Nongame Species Conservation Act. It is illegal for anyone to kill or collect our native snake species. If there is a snake on your property, it legally must be trapped and relocated. If you have a home that has ongoing issues with snakes, make sure all cracks and crevices in the house and outbuilding foundations are sealed.  Also, backyard sheds and other structures elevated off the ground should have a snake barrier installed around the base.

Even though there are no venomous snakes in this area, all snakes can deliver painful bites. If you are not experienced with snakes, trying to catch them on your own is asking for trouble. A common DIY mistake is directly handling a snake by trying to pick it up and shove it in a try to pick it up a pillowcase. This is asking a trouble, and you may very well wind up taking an expensive trip to the hospital.  The safest course of action when it comes to snake in or around your home is to contact a wildlife control technician who is experienced with snake removal.

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