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Two members of Cowleys home improvement crew were dispatched to a home in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ, to help a homeowner who had a few pieces of aluminum trim blow off during a recent storm. Your home’s siding and trim are an essential barrier to protect the underlying fascia from the harsh outdoor elements (wind, rain, and snow). If not repaired, fascia damage could lead to wood rot and a weakening of the underlying structures eventually causing the soffit to collapse. Exposing your home’s underlying building materials can also lead to other problems such as mold formation and wildlife entry. Wildlife like squirrels and raccoons often take advantage of structural weaknesses in a home to gain entry. Homes kept in good repair are less prone to wildlife infestations.
We replaced the missing aluminum trim with new white high performance exterior cellular PVC trim that we custom bent to fit her home. This material is tough stuff! It won’t rot, cup, split, twist, or warp and pests like carpenter bees (not to mention woodpeckers that peck away looking for carpenter bee larvae) can’t bore holes into it. As you can see by the photos, our installed trim blended in perfectly with the house. You could not even tell that any repairs had been made after we were done. The homeowner was relieved that the trim was replaced, it looked great, and most importantly, her home was protected from the outdoor elements as we head into the harsh days of winter.
A homeowner in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ, had a few ridge cap shingles blow off in a storm. Virtually any steep-sloped roof has a ridge at the top of the roof where the different sides of the roof meet. Also. roof designs commonly have sloped ridges (hips) where roof planes meet at an angle. These ridges and hips the highest stress areas of your roof. We use ridge cap shingles to provide a complete watershedding system on your roof. These shingles are an extra strong barrier at this crucial juncture where rainfall first hits your shingles. Should these shingles go AWOL, it does not take long for rain or melting snow to start causing roof leaks and all sorts of property damage from water entry into your home. Also, these missing shingles are an “open house” sign for all sorts of critters that looking for a warm, protected place like your attic to escape the harsh outdoor elements.
For this home improvement project, we replaced the missing shingles. We then installed Ridge-Guards over the ridge vents to give extra assurance to the homeowner that similar roof problems would not happen again. Just as ridge cap shingles are crucial to a home’s roofing system, so are ridge vents. These vents allow damp, warm air to escape from the attic. By doing so, they increase your homes energy efficiency and protect asphalt shingles from overheating and warping in the summer. Unfortunately, ridge vents can be a vulnerable “weak spot” in a roof. They are often exploited by wildlife, especially squirrels, raccoons, and bats, to gain entry into the attic, and they can be the source of roof leaks as well. With Ridge-Guards installed over the ridge vents, this homeowner now has an effective permanent solution to ward off these types of ridge vent problems.
Last week, I was called out to investigate a home in Point Pleasant, NJ. The homeowner contacted Cowleys because mice were getting into the kitchen. She told us that several mice were caught on glue traps that she had placed. In addition, rodent bait stations had already been set up from a previous service call. Mice infestations can be challenging for a variety of reasons. One is their size. Because mice are so small they are able to get through gaps and cracks that we barely notice. identifying and sealing all of them can sometimes take a few visits.
On this visit, I noticed a door nest to the refrigerator that lead to the crawl space. The door was never used by these homeowners, and was leftover after the kitchen had been remodeled. I observed a large gap under the door. There was a high probability that this was the trouble spot for the mice entering the living areas of the home from the crawl space.
I used a chew-proof copper mesh to fill the gaps where the mice were likely entering. The benefit of using copper is that it does not rust like steel wool. I also inspected and rebated the rodent bait stations that had previously been set up. Unfortunately, there was active rodent activity in the kitchen and crawl space area as well as the exterior behind the home. Clearly, this was one stubborn infestation. Cowleys, however will stay on the job until the infestation is completely resolved. One mouse inside a home is one mouse too many.
I set up additional bait stations in the crawl space where the mice were initially gaining entry into the home. I also sealed the gap under the kitchen door as well as a hole by their A/C unit in the back of the home. I expect the indoor mouse population to drop quickly and dramatically. In the meantime, we will have follow-up visits until this infestation is completely resolved.
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Recently, I was sent to a residence in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ after a homeowner contacted our office requesting a wasp nest removal. Upon arrival, I immediately saw that these were bald faced hornets, a close relative of yellow jackets. These wasps are relatively easy wasps to identify because of their distinctive coloration — black with ivory markings on their faces and abdomens. Unlike yellow jackets, which are ground-nesters, bald faced hornets are aerial wasps that usually build their nests a few feet off the ground, usually in protected locations like under eaves or hidden away in come corner. Made from a mixture of chewed wood and their saliva, their grey spherical paper nests can grow to impressive dimensions especially by the time we reach late summer/ early fall, growing as large as 14 inches in diameter and more than 24 inches in length. Like yellow jackets, these wasps are territorial, aggressive and won’t hesitate to sting if they perceive that their nest is being threatened. Any loud noises or sunken movements can get them riled up and trigger a swarm of wasps that can deliver multiple, painful hornet stings extremely quickly.
This homeowner was quite concerned about the potential manager of an active wasp nest on his property. He not only had his own little boys, but the Point Pleasant school is just a couple of blocks away and many students and school staff walk by his property on a daily basis. He did not want to risk of anyone being stung.
I proceeded to treat the nest, which was located between the soffit and the chimney. To quickly knock down the population I used a foaming-action residual solution that I sprayed directly into the nest opening and around the surrounding area. It not only kills any wasps on contact, but it is a residual, meaning that it stays active and does not dissipate. This way, it will also kill any foraging wasps returning to the area of the nest, preventing them from attempting to rebuild the nest anywhere in the same general area.
After waiting until there was minimal wasp activity, I removed the nest and bagged it so I could take it with me off the property. After the nest was removed, I applied a dust that will also eliminate any wasps returning to the area. With the wasp nest gone and the colony eliminated, the homeowner will not have to worry about his family or any schoolchildren being stung. I was glad to help out and remove a potently dangerous stinging insect infestation.
A homeowner in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ contacted Cowleys because he suspected a possible dead animal in his crawl space. As a wildlife technician, I was sent out based on the homeowner’s call to us. Crawl spaces are notorious problem areas for homeowners. Vented crawl spaces can be fraught with water and humidity problems, and the often damp and dark environment is an ideal harborage location for termites, other insects, rodents, and nuisance wildlife. Also, unlike basements, crawl spaces are often difficult to access and maneuver about once you are down there. They are rarely visited and inspected. Problems can go unnoticed for quite awhile until either issues surface in the living areas of the home like odors from mold or rotting animal carcasses.
Here, it was fortunate that Cowleys was contacted. Although I could not locate an animal carcass, the homeowner had other crawl space issues that need to be addressed immediately. As often happens, an inspection identifies problems that the homeowner was unaware of. Here, the basement had been flooded and the crawl space floor had a layer of stagnant water. The homeowner knew this problem needed to be fixed, and I let him know that Cowleys has a specialized contractor division that handles a variety of home improvements including mold treatment and a crawl space encapsulation that alleviates water issues and converts crawl spaces into clean dry foundations. An appointment was made fro one of our inspectors to identify the source of the water problem and come up with solutions to fix the problem, both immediate and long-term.