Double the Trouble with Bald-Faced Hornets in Jackson, NJ
As we were inspecting this home in Jackson, NJ, we found two active bald-faced hornets nests on each of the electric meters! What makes bald-faced hornets particular dangerous, aside from being one of the most aggressive stinging insects out there, is that they can remember an intruders face, sense vibrations in the ground, and sting an individual over and over again with their smooth stinger.
For treatment, we injected a knockdown aerosol application into the opening of each nest. This rapidly exterminated the bald-faced hornets. Shortly after, we removed each of the nests and disposed of them properly.
Attic Filled with TruSoft Bllown-in Cellulose Insulation in Jackson, NJ
After our wildlife team had safely removed all the squirrels out from this attic, we're here to remove the contaminated insulation and add TruSoft blown-in cellulose insulation. The squirrels were present in the attic for such a long time that the insulation was soaked with their urine and their feces were everywhere!
So we carefully removed all the contaminated insulation and then vacuumed and disinfected the attic. Next, we added TruSoft blown-in cellulose insulation, which will fill the attic to its recommended insulation levels. TruSoft blown-in cellulose insulation has a higher R-value than standard fiberglass insulation, has the highest Class-1 fire safety rating, is resistant to mold and pests, and is eco-friendly!
Rodents invade Jackson, NJ home
A homeowner in Jackson, NJ, contacted Cowleys after finding mouse droppings in their basement. Although most everyone uses their basement for storage, this particular home had a significant amount of “stuff.” It was filled with storage totes, furniture, and most everything else that families accumulate and rarely use that is then brought downstairs into what I like to call “the land of no return.” Cluttered basements have a major downside: they offer mice almost unlimited harborage areas. Mice thrive in locations where there is limited access due to clutter, especially when items are directly against the outside walls and no elevated off the ground. Ideally, homeowners should keep items 6” to a foot off the ground and 1-2 feet away from walls. These gaps allow for inspection access around the home’s interior perimeter. Mice have poor eyesight and rely on tactile sensation and the smells left by other mice. As such, they like to form travel lanes along the edges of walls. Along these travel lanes, you often find mouse droppings in corners where the mice rest.
I explained the relationship between basement storage issues and mice problems to the homeowners. I was happy to hear that they were going to listen to my advice by rearranging their storage items and clearing out what they were no longer using. The homeowners told me that this infestation and my advice had motivated them to do what they had been thinking about for awhile —having a garage sale and donating items to charity. Charitable donations of household items are not just a good deed and a tax write-off — it’s also a great way to keep your home clutter-free and remove harborage areas for rodents and other pests to hide and nest.
In the meantime, I set up rodent bait stations around the basement perimeter and sealed up access holes around some incoming utility lines. This particular job is a great example of showing how pest control is a team effort with the pest control service and the homeowner. Working together is the key to preventing infestations and getting them resolved quickly when they occur.
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Cowleys Pest Services is Jackson, 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.
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Have you been dealing with termites, cockroaches, or bed bugs in your Jackson 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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Jackson 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:
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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 Jackson and nearby.
During a routine treatment for a new Home Protection Plan customer in Jackson, NJ, as we were treating the backyard, we noticed several yellow jackets hovering around the garden. As we got closer, we noticed that the were coming from a small opening in the stone wall!
First, we applied a knockdown aerosol application into the small gap that the yellow jackets were coming from. Afterward, we applied a knockdown dusting application. These treatments will exterminate the yellow jackets almost immediately. A few moments later, we spotted the nest behind the stone wall, dug it out, disposed of it, and then filled in the burrow.
As this homeowner in Jackson, NJ, was cleaning the exterior of the their back of their house, they were suddenly surrounded and attacked by a swarm of angry yellow jackets! She quickly ran inside, found Cowleys on Google, and gave our Pest Control Division a call.
Once we arrived, we equipped our protective bee suit and inspected the area where the owner was attacked. Minutes into our inspection, we noticed that the yellow jackets were going in and out of a small gap around one of the utility pipes. For treatment, we injected a knockdown dusting application into the opening. This treatment eliminates the yellow jackets almost immediately. A short while later, we removed the nest that was inside, disposed of it properly, and treated the area with a residual application. This product will exterminate any yellow jackets that return to the area as well as prevent them, and any other stinging insect, from building another nest.
As an employee of the gas company was inspecting the gas meter on this customers home in Jackson, NJ, he was shocked to find a hornets nest attached to it! He immediately informed the owner and, since the homeowner is a current Home Protection Plan customer, she called our office for assistance.
Once we arrived, we equipped our protective bee suits and began treating the nest. First, we injected a knockdown aerosol application directly into the nest. Afterward, we injected a knockdown dusting product into the nest. Both of these treatments rapidly exterminates the hornets. After a few moments, we removed the hornets nest, disposed of it, and cleaned the area.
This customer in Jackson, NJ, noticed a large amount of yellow jackets coming from his gas fireplace. So after he temporarily sealed up the fireplace on the inside of the home, he called Cowleys for help. Once we arrived, we discovered that the yellow jackets were nesting in a small opening on the exterior side of the fireplace. Yellow jackets are aggressive, territorial wasps, with distinctive yellow-and-black coloration, that are known for their propensity to sting anyone and anything that they perceive as a threat, such as those who venture too close to their nests or their food.
For treatment, we injected a knockdown aerosol application into the small gap around the fireplace. This treatment quickly eliminated the yellow jackets. Once they were gone, we treated this area with a liquid residual which will eliminate any returning yellow jackets as well as prevent them from building a new nest.
Recently, we were sent out on a service call for a homeowner in Jackson, NJ who had an issue with squirrels living in her attic. Turns out, a few weeks back, the squirrels had ripped apart a static vent to gain access into the home. As we inspected the attic, we found a massive amount of squirrel droppings throughout the area. The insulation was also soaked with their urine and needed to be removed ASAP. We informed the owner that our Attic Insulation team can remove all the contaminated insulation, disinfect the area, and add blown-in cellulose insulation. She agreed and, once the squirrels are gone, she will schedule an appointment.
In the meantime, we installed a one-way device over the main access point and temporarily enclosed it with hardware cloth. We also set-up several baited devices nearby. The one-way allows the squirrels to safely exit the area, but prevent them from getting back in. Shortly after setting up our devices, we safely retrieved all the squirrels & relocated them to a new, humane environment.
In order to prevent any future intrusions from squirrels, & any other nuisance wildlife, we installed Pest-Blok over ever single static vent around the home. 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, pests, birds, and all other nuisance wildlife. We also noticed that the gable vent was unprotected and vulnerable. So, with the owners permission, we installed Pest-Blok over the gable vent! Now the home is properly excluded from all nuisance wildlife, birds, bats, and pests!
A new homeowner in Jackson, NJ kept finding mice droppings throughout their kitchen and needed someone to help get rid of these disease-ridden pests. Fortunately, Cowleys was there to help!
When we arrived, we observed a large number of mice droppings throughout the kitchen, particularly around the stove. We opened the oven and was shocked to discover a massive amount of mice droppings inside the oven! Turns out, there was actually a small hole in the back of the oven that the mice were utilizing. Fortunately, the oven was disconnected and hasn't been used for quite some time.
There was even more mice droppings behind the stove as well as a tiny opening around the gas line that the mice were using to infest the home!
For treatment, we carefully cleaned up all the mice droppings and disinfected the area. Afterward, the homeowner removed the broken oven from his home. Next, we installed several rodent bait stations in the kitchen, the crawl space, and in several locations outside of the home. As a temporary solution, until a contractor arrives and installs the new oven and gas line, we stuffed the opening with chew-proof metal mesh and sealed it in place with a waterproof adhesive.
Lastly, we scheduled several followup inspections to monitor the infestation and replenish the bait stations until the mice are no longer infesting the home.
Recently, I went out on a service call for a new homeowner in Jackson, NJ who was having an issue with "jumping spiders" in his crawl space. As soon as I entered the crawl space I was greeted by a large infestation of camel crickets.
Camel crickets are those nightmare fueled pests that are most notoriously known as "sprickets" (spider crickets), which is incorrect because camel crickets aren't arachnids. Also, these pets cause no harm at all to humans and their only means of defense is that they jump at predators to scare them off. They typically reside in moist, dark caves, but when it comes to invading homes, moisture-filled crawl spaces or basements will do just fine.
I treated the sill plates with an aerosol application that eliminates the camel crickets almost immediately and then applied a granular bait throughout the crawl space. Finally, I applied a liquid residual along the entire exterior of the building and throughout the crawl space.
When the camel crickets come in contact with any of these products, they ingest it through grooming and feeding. Shortly after, they are neutralized.
A homeowner in Jackson, NJ, a long-time customer of Cowleys, recently contacted us. She was fairly distraught because there was an out-of-control mice infestation in her kitchen. Mice were running around the kitchen cabinets and counters, leaving their tell-tale droppings everywhere. Once temperatures start to drop in the fall, we start to get more calls for mouse infestations. These rodents “overwinter,” that is, they seek out locations for warmth and shelter so that they are not directly exposed to the harsh outdoor elements. Mice do not have the fat reserves or the ability to hibernate like other animal. There very survival depends on finding a warm location over the winter where they have access to food and water. And our homes are an easy choice. We offer them everything they want, and usually it’s not too difficult for them to gain entry through gaps or cracks around the foundation. Mice only need an opening about the size of a dime to squeeze through.
Some feel that mice are harmless and we should just let them be. However, a mouse infestation is serious health hazard. Mice inevitably find they way to the kitchen because that’s where the food is. They can chew through cereal boxes and other cardboard containers contaminating food. Mice can also carry ticks and fleas into the home. Finally, their droppings can contain many dangerous pathogens that transmit serious, even life-threatening, diseases to people including hantavirus and histoplasmosis. When mice droppings dry out, microscopic airborne particles can be released in the air and inhaled by the home’s occupants. You do not even need to directly touch the rodents urine or droppings to get sick.
Upon arrival, I started my inspection. With a mouse infestation, the most important part of the inspection is to identify any actual or potential entry points. To do this properly, the technician must be systematic and thorough. Mice usually enter through gaps or cracks around the foundation to enter the attic and crawl space, and then travel through wall voids throughout the home. Often, like with this infestation, they forage for food in the kitchen. Here, I located large openings under the kitchen sink where the water supply was entering the cabinet from underneath. These pipes were coming in through the basement and was the likely route used by the mice between the basement and the kitchen.
I sealed these gaps around the pipes with a copper, chew-proof mesh material. It is liable and easy to form a complete seal around the pipes. After blocking their kitchen access, I set up a bait station for any mice that may still be around. I’ll return in two weeks for a follow-up to reinspect and see if there is still active rodent activity. During these follow-ups, I replace any depleted bait and take whatever additional steps are necessary until the infestation is resolved. Homeowners cannot tolerate overwintering mice in their homes. The health risk to family members is simply too great.
When I was first assigned to this particular wildlife job at a golf course in Jackson, NJ, I was reminded of that classic 1980 film “Caddyshack.” The comically deranged Carl Spackler, the assistant groundskeeper for an exclusive country club, played by Bill Murray, is tasked with stopping a gopher infestation that is destroying the course. One particularly destructive, elusive gopher outsmarted him at every turn (and even whimsically poked its head out of its burrow to dance to the movie’s theme song, the Kenny Loggins song, “I’m Alright.”) Frustrated Carl tries to shoot, drown, and even use dynamite to kill the gopher, all without success. That’s where any similarity to Caddyshack ends! Unlike Carl, professional nuisance wildlife technicians use only proper and humane trapping techniques to capture the invading animals — no shooting, no drowning, and, certainly, no explosives!
This Jackson, NJ golf course was invaded by groundhogs. Like gophers, they are burrowing rodent capable of causing extensive property damage. Gophers and groundhogs are often confused. Gophers are, by far, much smaller than groundhogs. While gophers only weigh a few pounds, groundhogs can grow to ten pounds or more. Also, gophers have thin rat-like tails, while groundhogs have bushy tails similar to squirrels. Perhaps, most important, is what they have in common. All burrowing rodents are wild animals, no matter how “cuddly” they may look. Even Punxsutawney Phil and all of the other groundhogs that are displayed on GroundHog Day are not pets. They are wild, biting animals. These rodents will become aggressive when cornered or threatened, and their powerful biting jaws and sharp claws can cause serious injury. Groundhogs are also a rabies vector species in New Jersey and must be approached and handled with caution.
From past experience, this area in Jackson, NJ is known for having high groundhog populations. This job was not the first time we were called out to Jackson to deal with groundhogs. A common issue we face with high nuisance animal populations is “trap-shy” animals. If an animal has had a close call with a trap but managed to escape, they learn from the traumatic experience, and they’ll do their best to not be tricked into entering a trap again. It’s that old saying — fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. Since it is next-to-impossible to get trap-wary animals into traps the conventional way, even when enticed by their favorite, most irresistible foods used as bait, we instead use a special trap that can be placed directly over a burrow hole. This trap will secure the animal, no matter which direction it is traveling, the first time. Essentially, they enter the trap involuntary, and by not giving them a choice, we are able to trap the critters before they even know what’s up! This method of direct trapping over entry/exit points is highly effective — whether it is a burrow opening for excavating rodents like moles, voles, gophers, and groundhogs or openings used by more aerial critters such as squirrels and raccoons to gain access to attics and other structures.
I’ll be back to check the traps in a few days., and I also told the groundskeeper to contact me immediately as soon as a groundhog is caught. I’m confident that these nuisance groundhogs will be trapped shortly and their days of digging up the golf course are numbered. I won’t stop until this property is free of these burrowing, property-damaging rodents.