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Small Opening Under the Soffit Return Leads to a Raccoon Problem in Lincroft, NJ

Small Opening Under the Soffit Return Leads to a Raccoon Problem in Lincroft, NJ

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Small Opening Under the Soffit Return Leads to a Raccoon Problem in Lincroft, NJ Small Opening Under the Soffit Return Leads to a Raccoon Problem in Lincroft, NJ

After spotting a raccoon roaming around his roof one evening, this client in Lincroft, NJ called Little Rascals for help. As we inspected the roof, we noticed an area of the soffit return that seemed to be damaged, so we took a closer look. Upon closer inspection, we determined that the area wasn't damaged but left unfinished and exposed. We also found raccoon paw prints and hair around the area. We informed the owner who had no idea that the area was left unfinished! 

First, we installed a one-way over the opening and temporarily enclosed it with hardware cloth. We also placed several baited devices nearby. The one-way device is designed to allow the raccoons to safely leave the area but prevent them from getting back in. A short while later we successfully retrieved the raccoons and safely relocated them to a new, humane environment. 

We then fashioned a piece of sturdy, metal flashing and installed over the access point, to prevent any future wildlife intrusions. 

Keeping the Pigeons Away from the Solar Panels in Lincroft, NJ

Keeping the Pigeons Away from the Solar Panels in Lincroft, NJ

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Keeping the Pigeons Away from the Solar Panels in Lincroft, NJ Keeping the Pigeons Away from the Solar Panels in Lincroft, NJ

A homeowner in Lincroft, NJ, was having an issue with pigeons roosting underneath her solar panels. They were using the solar panels as natural cover and protection from the elements as well as defecating all over the homeowners roof. Pigeon droppings are not only hazardous to your health, but they also eat away almost any substrate, particularly tar-based roofing material. A constant accumulation of pigeon droppings can cut the life expectancy of a roof in half.

First, we carefully removed all the nesting debris underneath the solar panels and then disinfected the area. Next, in order to prevent the pigeons (as well as all nuisance wildlife) from nesting underneath the solar panels, we installed our solar panel exclusion kit around the entire perimeter of the solar panels. This kit creates a physical barrier to keep birds from accessing and nesting in the area beneath the solar arrays, protecting the roof and equipment from damage. With nowhere to nest, the pigeons will no longer be attracted to the home and the solar panels will be protected from further intrusions from all types of birds and nuisance wildlife.

Mice exclusion in Lincroft, NJ

Mice exclusion in Lincroft, NJ

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Mice exclusion in Lincroft, NJ Mice exclusion in Lincroft, NJ

A homeowner in Lincroft had been dealing with mice in their basement, attempting to handle the problem on their own for quite some time. According to the homeowner, they would trap some mice, and drive them 4-5 miles away to a wooded area, and release them. Thereafter, new “replacement” mice would soon appear. This cycle went on for a while. Finally, they decided that their DIY plan of action was not working, and they contacted Cowleys for a permanent resolution of the problem. 

A mouse infestation will not be resolved unless and until their access points into the home are identified and sealed. Without doing this exclusion work, you’ll be in the same situation as these homeowners and dealing with a never-ending stream of mice. Also, I pointed out to the homeowners that, although they had good intentions by not immediately killing the mice, they did not do them any favors by releasing them into a strange area. These relocated mice would likely die because they don’t know where to find adequate food, water, or shelter in their new surroundings, and in their weakened state would likely succumb to predation. 

Upon arrival, after speaking with the homeowners, I grabbed my flashlight and began my inspection. Finding the access points for mice presents a challenge for pest control technicians, especially if they really want to do the job right. Unlike larger wildlife that will use of carve out readily noticeable entry points into the home, mice can get through extremely small cracks and gaps. Because of their fur, mice are even smaller than their appearance. They only need a 1/4" diameter hole (about the size of a dime) to squeeze through. Mice don’t have collarbones. The rule of thumb is that if a mouse is able to poke its little head through a hole, the rest of their body will follow.

Looking for any potential entry points, I thoroughly inspected the basement perimeter, paying careful attention to any gaps around utility pipes or wires going through the foundation wall. These are often the preferred entry route for mice. I found two areas of concern: A PVC pipe discharge line from the sump pump and an outdoor water spigot. Both had sizable gaps that would easily allow rodent entry. 

Before laying out my equipment that I’d be using to control the mice, I first grabbed my hepa-vac to vacuum up all of the rodent droppings. Mouse droppings are toxic, and may contain many dangerous pathogens, including hantavirus. When the droppings dry out, spores can become airborne if the droppings are disturbed, creating a potential health hazard, especially in an enclosed area like a basement. After cleaning the area, I set up some rodent bait stations around the sill plate in the basement, dusted the two openings with a tracking powder, and sealed the holes from the outside with copper mesh. 

The homeowners were relieved that they would no longer be dealing with mice, a problem that had been going on for far too long. 

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Cowleys Pest Services is Lincroft, 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 Lincroft and nearby.

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

Lincroft 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 Lincroft and nearby.

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Job Stories From Lincroft, NJ
Large Yellow Jackets Nest Found in the Ground in Lincroft, NJ

As this customer in Lincroft, NJ, was tending to her garden she was suddenly attacked and stung by several angry yellow jackets! Fortunately, she wasn't allergic. After a quick Google search, she found Cowleys and called our office for help. 

Once we arrived, we equipped our protective bee suits and began inspecting the area where the homeowner got stung. That's when we found an active in-ground yellow jackets nest underneath one of the owners plants in the corner of the garden! For treatment, we liberally treated the nest with a knockdown dusting application. This treatment rapidly exterminates the yellow jackets. A short while later, we dug up the nest, disposed of it, and then filled in the burrow.

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Watery Crawl Space Needs Encapsulation in Lincroft, NJ

This customer in Lincroft, NJ had a crawl space that was in bad shape. One of the main issues was that it was a dirt floor crawl space and another issue was that there were large pockets of moisture throughout the area. A dirt floor crawl spaces attract and absorb moisture. Once the dirt dries, it causes humidity levels to rise and can lead to mold and mildew issues (fortunately, there was no mold or mildew in the crawl space). The best way to solve this homeowners dirty, watery crawl space was to encapsulate it!

First, we removed all the debris, leveled the ground for proper draining, removed all the contaminated insulation, and installed a drainage matting. This dimpled plastic mat material is installed over the dirt-floored crawl space, allowing excess moisture to work its way over to the sump pump. Afterward, we installed a vapor barrier which is a 20-mil 7-ply sandwich of high and low-density polyethylene with a polyester-cord reinforcement. The vapor barrier is designed to permanently prevent moisture, outside air, mold, and pests from getting into the crawl space. The vapor barrier is installed over the foundation walls and floor to create a continuous air and moisture barrier. 

We then installed SilverGlo™ along the walls of the crawl space, which is a durable and waterproof rigid foam insulation that seals the walls from outside moisture and humidity. Now the homeowner has a transformed crawl space that is clean and dry as well as an additional area for storage!

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Missing & Broken Vent Covers Cause Mice to Infest Home in Lincroft, NJ

A new customer in Lincroft, NJ called our office after finding a mouse in his laundry room! Once we arrived and began our inspection, we noticed that one of the external exhaust vents was missing a cover. There was also a buildup of mice droppings near this area too. Continuing our inspection, we found another dryer exhaust that was damaged and had mice droppings around it as well. We brought this to the owners attention and mentioned that we could replace and properly exclude the exhaust vents. The owner decided that he will do it on his own once the mice are gone. 

In the meantime, we carefully cleaned up all the mice droppings and installed several interior and exterior rodent bait stations around the high infestation areas. We will return for several follow up visits to monitor the mice infestation and replenish the bait stations as needed. 

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Huge hornet nest in Lincroft, NJ

Recently, I was sent to a home in Lincroft, NJ to deal with a wasp infestation. Upon arrival, I saw that I was dealing with baldfaced hornets. These aggressive, territorial social wasps are part of the yellow jacket family. Their coloration is readily identifiable: black with white markings on their face and abdomen. They are exceptionally strong wasps that can drill their stingers through thick clothing, and even worse, a single wasp can sting multiple times since they don’t lose their stingers. The wasps that we know as yellow jackets usually build their nests in underground burrows and other cavities. However, baldfaced hornets are aerial yellow jackets that build their distinctive spherical paper nests above-ground in plain sight,  

These wasps make their nests from chewed wood fibers that they mixed with their saliva to hold everything in place. Every baldfaced hornet nest is built from scratch each year, starting in early spring when the queen locates her nesting location. These nests are not reused, and the queen are the only members of the colony that survive the winter. This nest that I was called to remove here in Lincroft was a mature end-of-summer summer nest that easily had a few hundred workers. As you can see in the photos, a mature nest can grow quite large — upwards of two feet long and more than a foot in diameter!

A baldfaced hornet nest has a thick, multilayered outer shell with a single opening toward the bottom. This opening is used by the  wasps to enter and exit the nest.  These nests are often attached to tree branches or shrubs, but they are also built in places where the wasps pose a threat because of their close proximity to people. We are often called out when the nests are attached to or in close proximity to homes, patrons, or sheds. While we often find these nests built under roof eves, they can be built virtually anywhere —  even on the  the top of a window frame on the side wall of a garage! Because of its location, I was able to get a good view of the nest on both sides. 

Removing a hornets nest is risky business.  With stinging insects, a DIY project can easily turn into a trip to the emergency room. It’s far safer to hire a professional service to remove the nest. These insects deliver a sting you won’t soon forget, and from personal experience, these wasps can sting someone who is protected with a full body suit.  

To remove the nest, I first used an aerosol to knock down all hornet activity. Once the hornet activity around the nest has stopped, I then remove the nest, package it, and take it with me. There is always a chance of a few stunned, but still alive, hornets inside the nest. With a baldfaced hornet infestation and other nest-building stinging insects, I remove the nest off the property. With these large multi-layered nests, there is always a possibility that there are live wasps hiding inside — and when they emerge they will be quite upset that their nest has been disturbed!

 

 

 

 

 

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Strange Flies in Lincroft, NJ Home

Recently, I was sent to a home in Lincroft, NJ after the homeowner contacted Cowleys because of a large swarm of “wasps” outside her home. Upon arrival, I asked if anyone had yet been stung. She replied, fortunately no.

Once I started my inspection, I immediately understood why no one in the home had escaped the wrath of a swarm of aggressive wasps. These insects weren’t wasps at all! These were a type of fly known as hover flies! These are true flies, just like annoying houseflies, so they don’t sting. How do you tell the difference between a fly and a stinging insect? Count the wings! Flies have only one pair of wings, while bees and wasps have two. I have a saying about the difference: Two wings fun, four wings run! 

Many animals especially reptiles (like snakes), amphibians (like frogs), and insects (like yellow jackets) use warning coloration. They have bright colors to warn others to back off. Bight colors let other animals that I’m dangerous — I bite or sting and have a toxic venom that will put a world of hurt on you! Common bright warning colors are reds, oranges, and yellows. There are usually distinct marking with contrasting colors that make them easy to notice. People, like most other creatures, are programmed to fear anything with black and yellow coloration. Even little toddlers will run away in fear of bees and yellow jackets. Hover flies engage in animal mimicry. Mimicry is where an animal “mimics” the look of a more dangerous animal. Hover flies mimic stinging insects. Animals innately know that striped insects are bad news so they leave them alone. Mimicry is especially common with snakes. King and milk snakes with their bands of red, black, and yellow mimic the venomous coral snake, and the harmless gopher snake shakes its tail like the poisonous rattlesnake. 

It is understandable why this homeowner thought these flies were wasps. You really have to know what you are looking for to tell the difference. Most wasps have antennae shaped like bullhorns that being more on the sides of the head and protrude outwards. Hover fly antennae begin more directly in the front of the head and are much shorter and smaller. A hover fly abdomen is somewhat flat while a wasp has a much rounder abdomen and have a slender wasp waist that narrows between the thorax and abdomen. Also, wasps often have a pair of spots along the back of their abdomen and hover flies do not. 

Hover flies are named that for good reason. They are  top-notch “hoverers,” far better than bees or wasps. With an amazingly fast wing beat, they easily hover over flowers until ready to feed on the flower nectar or pollen, and look as though they are standing still in the air. Hover flies are beneficial garden insects. They are significant pollinators and their larvae does a great job consuming garden pests, especially garden-destroying aphids. Once I explained to these homeowners the type of “infestation” on their property, they were quite relieved. I suggested that there was no reason to get rid of these insects and the homeowners agreed. They were quite insistent that they wanted to let these beneficial pollinating insects continue “doing their thing.”  I was happy to give these homeowners’ some peace of mind. Not every job we go on winds up involving a nuisance pest.

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