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Bald-Faced Hornets Nesting on the Window in Tinton Falls, NJ

Bald-Faced Hornets Nesting on the Window in Tinton Falls, NJ

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Bald-Faced Hornets Nesting on the Window in Tinton Falls, NJ Bald-Faced Hornets Nesting on the Window in Tinton Falls, NJ

This property manager of a condo association in Tinton Falls, NJ called our office after her maintenance team found an active hornets' nest on the window of a vacant unit. Once we arrived a took a closer look at the nest, after equipping our protective bee suits, we identified them as bald-faced hornets.

Bald-faced hornets are social stinging insects that are a close relative to yellow jackets. The surface of their upper midsection almost looks triangular from the side, and they have white markings on their face. They are EXTREMELY aggressive and will not hesitate to sting anything that invades their space. 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!

We treated the nest with a knockdown aerosol and a knockdown liquid application. Both products exterminate the bald-faced hornets almost immediately. A short while later, we removed the nest, properly disposed of it, and cleaned the area.

Attic Insulation Installed after Wildlife Intrusion in Red Bank, NJ

Attic Insulation Installed after Wildlife Intrusion in Red Bank, NJ

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Attic Insulation Installed after Wildlife Intrusion in Red Bank, NJ Attic Insulation Installed after Wildlife Intrusion in Red Bank, NJ

Homeowners in Red Bank, NJ, had a raccoon gain entry into their attic through the ceiling fan. Previously, our wildlife team successfully retrieved, removed, and safely relocated the trespassing raccoon, and also installed a tough galvanized steel mesh attic fan cover that would permanently block the entry point.

The homeowners however were concerned, and rightfully so, that there could still be unseen urine seepage or other hidden damage to their insulation. They did not want to take any chances. For their own peace of mind, the homeowners felt this was an opportune time to improve the quality of their attic insulation. 

We first removed the potentially contaminated insulation and flooring. Once that material was cleared out, we disinfected the entire attic to remove all traces and smells of a raccoon infestation.  Finally, after we replaced the flooring with new plywood, we “blew in” 12 inches of our TruSoft insulation. TruSoft blown-in cellulose insulation offers superior thermal properties as well as a pest control component. Now, with this top-quality insulation, these homeowners will enjoy a more comfortable energy-efficient home with reduced heating and cooling bills.

Dangerous crawl space opening fixed with install of Turtl in Red Bank, NJ

Dangerous crawl space opening fixed with install of Turtl in Red Bank, NJ

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Dangerous crawl space opening fixed with install of Turtl in Red Bank, NJ Dangerous crawl space opening fixed with install of Turtl in Red Bank, NJ

The homeowner in Red Bank, NJ, contacted Cowleys because he was concerned about his crawl space access, which was wide open. Cowleys has a contractor division that specializes, among other things, in crawl space improvements. Vented crawl spaces are often a source of many homeowner issues.

These chronically humid below-grade spaces often develop mold, and their environment attracts insects, mice, and wildlife. This homeowner was motivated to fix this opening because he has young kids who play around the house, especially now that spring is here and temperatures have warmed up. He was justifiably  concerned that their curiosity may get the best of them and they could accidentally fall in the entry hole. A dangerous situation, to be sure. Candidly, upon arrival, when we first saw the opening, we were surprised that nuisance wildlife had not yet exploited this opening. There was a high likelihood, even if the homeowner was not aware of it, that overwintering mice had vacationed in the crawl space. 

We had the perfect solution for this particular type of crawl space access — The Turtl. It’s not what you think. We didn’t block the crawl space entry hole with a giant snapping turtle!  This particular “turtl” is the brand name of a solid PVC vinyl weatherproof crawl space door and entry system that eliminates the need for a crawl space door and access pit in one fell swoop. 

Crawl space entry doors made of wood or steel can weaken over time through rot or rust leading to unwanted water intrusions, mold, and insect an wildlife infestations. The Turtl crawl space entry, with its locking lid, provides a tough attractive entry system that protects your crawl space from the harsh outdoor elements and keeps out insects, wildlife, and even little kids looking for trouble! The Turl crawl space access attaches directly to the foundation so it can’t shift or move. Also, it is manufactured using a rotational molding process, as are many chemical and fuel tanks, so it is seamless and can’t split. As you can see from the before and after photos, the Turtl turned an unattractive and potentially dangerous crawl space hole into a safe, protective crawl space entry system.

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Cowleys Pest Services is Red Bank, 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:

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

Red Bank 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 Red Bank and nearby.

Case Studies From Red Bank
Ants
Recently, a new residential client in Red Bank, NJ contacted Cowleys because she saw a large number of ants on her walkway and she was concerned that...
Raccoons
Recently, I went out on a service call for a homeowner in Tinton Falls, NJ who contacted Cowley after hearing loud noises in her attic late at night...
Pest
Recently, we went on a service call for a homeowner in Red Bank, NJ, who was having a serious issue with ants crawling along the exterior of her home...
Job Stories From Red Bank, NJ
Bald-Faced Hornets Hide in the Shrubs in Tinton Falls, NJ

As we were servicing this property in Tinton Falls, NJ, we found an active bald-faced hornets nest expertly hidden in a tree back by the fence. We informed the homeowner who had no idea that the nest was even there! It’s good thing we found it because the owner is HIGHLY allergic to bee stings!

We injected a knockdown aerosol and a knockdown liquid application into the nest. Both of these treatments will quickly exterminate the bald-faced hornets. A short while later, we removed the nest and dispose of it.

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Bald-Faced Hornets Stinging the Kids in Tinton Falls, NJ

The owner of a daycare in Tinton Falls, NJ, called our Pest Control Division after several of the children accidentally disturbed a hornets nest that was hidden in the bushes near the fence line. Luckily, the children weren't allergic to bee stings. We were immediately sent out to eliminate these pests.

As we examined the hornets nest, we identified these stinging insects as bald-faced hornetsBald-faced hornets are social stinging insects that are a close relative to yellow jackets. 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. 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!

To exterminate these pests, we injected a knockdown liquid and a knockdown aerosol application directly into the nest. Both of these products rapidly neutralize the bald-faced hornets. After a short while we removed the nest and disposed of it properly.

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Cicada Killer Wasps Disturbing Community in Red Bank, NJ

A property manager of a community in Red Bank, NJ, called our office after several of the residents called and complained to management about seeing a large number of wasps flying around the landscape and the sidewalk near the front of the building. Once we arrived, we several a large number of burrows throughout the property. As we took a closer look, we identified these pests as cicada killer wasps

Cicada killers are large wasps, approximately 2 inches in size, and get their name from killing cicadas in order to reproduce their larvae. The adult female will paralyze the cicada with her stinger, carry the cicada back to their burrow, and lay her eggs under the left or right second leg of the cicada. The eggs then hatch and the larvae begin to eat the cicada while it is paralyzed.

Cicada killer wasps choose to nest in well-drained, light-textured soils that are in full sunlight. During the burrowing process, female cicada killers can displace several pounds of dirt making a big mess and damaging the roots of plants. Cicada killers may look terrifying, but there's no need to worry because, unless they're grasped roughly or stepped on with bare feet, they aren't aggressive. For treatment, we injected a residual dusting product into every single cicada killer burrow. This treatment will rapidly exterminate the cicada killer wasps.

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Bald-Faced Hornets Building Their Nest on the Window in Tinton Falls, NJ

As this homeowner in Tinton Falls, NJ, was trimming the bushes outside of her home, she found an active hornets nest on the back window! Since she is a Home Protection Plan client, she called our office and we were sent out to inspect and treat. Once we started inspecting the area and get a better look at these stinging insects, we identified them as bald-faced hornets.

Bald-faced hornets are social stinging insects that are a close relative to yellow jackets and are EXTREMELY aggressive! They won't hesitate to sting anything that invades their space. 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!

For treatment, we injected a knockdown aerosol and a knockdown liquid application directly into the nest. Both of these treatments exterminate the bald-faced hornets almost immediately. A short while later, we removed the nest and properly disposed of it.

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Termites Chomping on the Wood in the Garage in Tinton Falls, NJ

After noticing that the wooden trim board in his garage appeared to be damaged by termites, this property owner called our office for help. Once we arrived and take a closer look, we found active subterranean termites and their mud tubes, not just in the wooden trim board, but throughout the garage! Mud tubes are pencil-width size tubes made by the worker termites that the termites use to travel to and from their nest when foraging for food. We informed the owner and went right to work!

For treatment, we drilled into the walls and wooden trim board in the garage and injected a foaming termiticide. Next, we drilled around the entire exterior of the property, as well as in & around the garage, and injected a liquid termiticide. The termiticide binds to the treated area and creates a protective zone that the termites can't detect. The termites will 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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Mice Troubling Homeowner for Years in Tinton Falls, NJ

An elderly homeowner in Tinton Falls, NJ has been dealing with an infestation of mice in her home for years. One day, she decided that enough is enough and called Cowley for help. As we began our inspection, we found a large buildup of mice droppings underneath the dishwasher, behind the fridge, and inside the cabinet beneath the kitchen sink. First, we carefully vacuumed up the droppings and then installed several rodent bait stations throughout the kitchen, the two adjacent rooms, and along the exterior of the home. Next, we stuffed every potential opening with chew proof stainless steel mesh and then sealed them with a premium adhesive. Lastly, we scheduled several follow up visits to monitor the infestation and replenish the bait stations as needed.

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Laundry Room Full of Yellow Jackets in Tinton Falls, NJ

As this homeowner in Tinton Falls, NJ was doing her laundry, she was attacked by several yellow jackets as she soon as she opened up her dryer! She slammed the door and called Cowleys for help!  

After speaking with the owner, we suspected that the yellow jackets were getting inside the home through the external exhaust vent, so that's where we checked! Within minutes, we saw several yellow jackets flying around the vent. Although the vent was exposed, the yellow jackets were actually using the screw hole to enter the home!

First, we applied a knockdown aerosol application to quickly exterminate the yellow jackets. Afterward, we treated all the cracks and crevices with a knockdown residual dusting product. This treatment eliminates the yellow jackets and prevents them from returning and building a nest. Once the yellow jackets are gone, the owner will exclude the exhaust vent on his own.

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Community Has a Squirrel Problem in Tinton Falls, NJ

One day property manager of a community in Tinton Falls, NJ noticed a squirrel was going in and out of the roof of one of the units, so he called Little Rascals for help.

When we arrived, we inspected the area and immediately noticed a chewed-out hole in the fascia board. As we took a closer look, we found squirrel hair stuck in the opening, confirming our suspicions that this was how the squirrels were infesting the building. In order to safely remove the squirrels from the property, we installed a one-way directly over the access point and set up several baited devices nearby. A one-way device is designed to allow the squirrels to safely leave the area but prevent them from getting back in. 

A short while later, we safely removed all the squirrels from the property, disinfected the attic area, installed sturdy metal flashing over the access point to prevent reinfestation, and relocated them to a new, humane environment.

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Difficult Raccoon in Red Bank, NJ

We were sent out on a service call for a new commercial account, a restaurant in Red Bank, NJ. Both the owner and several customers have spotted a raccoon traveling along the awning’s framework.  Once we arrived and began inspecting, we found the main access point located in the corner of the ceiling right above an outdoor seating area. 

Raccoons are about 2-3 feet long with stocky, round bodies that are covered in salt-and-pepper colored fur. They are known best for the “black mask” of fur around their eyes. Not all raccoons have rabies, however, raccoons are major hosts of rabies in the U.S. Raccoons are omnivores, meaning they will eat both plants and other animals and prefer to live/reside near a water source. In addition to rabies, there are other harmful diseases that raccoons can carry, including raccoon roundworm, which is an intestinal parasite. 

This type of situation is rather difficult because we can’t set traps anywhere near the access. We tried trapping it in a few different locations in its path but to no avail. So eviction is our only option. A one-way device was set over the access and then taped the end of the device. A one-way device will allow the raccoon to safely leave the attic and prevent it from getting back in. The aluminum tape helps us monitor the raccoon activity. If the tape breaks, we know the animal came out. In a short amount of time, the raccoon was safely evicted from the restaurant and we properly sealed up the access area to prevent future intrusions. 

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Mouse problem Red Bank, NJ food store.

Recently, during an inspection of the back storage room of a food store in Red Bank, NJ I found two dead mice in a “tin cat” mouse trap, a low profile baited trap that has the capacity, according to the manufacturer, of catching and containing up to 30 mice.  

I wanted to identify possible nearby entry points into the store. After further inspection, just three feet away, I saw that the back door had an opening not he bottom of at least 1/2 inch. This gap was more than enough for rat to gain entry let alone a tiny mouse. I showed the gap to the manager and informed him that he needed to door sweep on the bottom of the door to block rodents and other pests from gaining entry. from coming inside. Door sweeps also provide a weatherproof seal that prevents drafts from coming in under the door — a nice feature during these cold winter months! 

The manager asked me to purchase a door sweep for the store and install it for him. I was happy to do so, and I’ll return shortly. With any rodent infestation, it is critical to identify and seal and potential access points. Otherwise, there is always the risk of a re-infestation, especially when temperatures drop and mice are looking for warm shelter. 

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Carpenter Bee damage - Carpenter Bee Control, Treatment, & Removal in Red Bank, NJ

I was called out to a Red Bank residence. The homeowner had called Cowleys after seeing a "pile of wood shavings on the porch" that she correctly suspected was caused by insects. Sure enough, as I was walking up the porch stairs while inspecting the property, I observed a large pile of “sawdust” wood shavings under the railing. I immediately recognized this as carpenter bee frass, the tell-tail sign of carpenter bees. This material collects below any holes where the bees have been boring into the wood.

Carpenter bees are large bees that resemble bumble bees in both size and appearance. Upon closer inspection (which generally isn’t such a good idea!), carpenter bees have smooth shiny black abdomens while bumble bees are fuzzy all over. Also, carpenter bees are not social insects. Carpenter bees nest alone while bumble bees live in small colonies. For homeowners, the most important difference is that carpenter bees cause property damage. These wood-destroying insects bore holes into wood to construct their nests. Unlike termites, they do not actually eat the wood. Rather, the female carpenter bees hollow out holes approximately 1/2 inch in diameter and bore out tunnels, usually at a 90 degree angle to the entrance. Once the tunnels are excavated, nests are made with pollen to feed the developing larvae.

If the insect infestation is not stopped, these bees tend to reuse the same tunnels year after year, continuing to extend the damage into the wood. Over time, this tunneling weakens the wood not only because of the drilled holes, but also because of accompanying wood rot due to rainwater entering the entrance holes. The male carpenter bee, which is unable to sting, is most often noticed hovering around the entrance hole.

I treated the bee burrows on this Red Bank patio with an application that quickly resolved the infestation. After, I caulked the holes so they would not be reused. The homeowner was grateful that I was able to resolve her problem so quickly. Even though the female bees rarely sting, no one likes buzzing bees flying around. Also, it is important to resolve carpenter bee infestations to ward off wood damage because of their nesting behaviors.

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Termite swarmers invade this Red Bank home

This formidable opponent is back!! This Red Bank home owner experienced natures clear warning that “You have termites in your house!!” Termite colony's swarm to expand their colonies into new colonies. Maybe you've experienced this before. Have you ever seen the classic Alfred Hitchcock film " the birds"?? Well a termite swarm can be a scaled down version of that. As they emerge from their swarm castle they find a mate to create more termites with, in doing so they discard their wings. And often times, homeowners will find discarded wings all over their foyer, or near a window. As these are not your "worker " termites. They are a clear indication that those little albino looking  buggers are certainly close, and more importantly; they are doing damage to your largest investment. 

When I arrived to the home, I found discarded wings and crawling swarmer termites all about the foyer. This particular homeowner already knew what may be happening to his largest investment. His Home!! While being moderately aware of the damage that is occurring, he was unaware of what his treatment options were. Or that he actually had, options. 

He was concerned about drilling his newly installed paver patio. He also didn't like the idea of gallons of pesticides be injected into the soil around his home. As this is an effective method, he was just a bit uncomfortable with that approach. 

This customer is the proud new owner of the Sentricon® baiting system by Dow agriscience.. Termites relentless search for food (wood) keeps going even after finding wood, and when the Sentricon® baiting system "always active" is found by the foraging termites. It's then ingested by the foraging termite and brought back to the colony. This is then fed to the rest of the termite colony by regurgitation. Delivering a lethal dose of the active ingredient to the colony.   

Henceforth this homeowner can relax knowing that his home will be termite free..

 

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Bed Bugs in Red Bank, NJ

Today I found several bed bugs nesting behind the outlet covers in a bedroom. Seems like an odd spot but once you learn about bed bugs habits you will realize why they make a great hiding spot. Bed bugs love to have pressure on their back and stomachs when resting. It makes them feel secure and safe.

Signs of bed bugs include black spots near where they nest. Here, we saw black spots the outlet covers. After I discovered the visual droppings, I unscrewed the outlet cover and found several live bugs nesting.

When treating around electricity you need to be extremely careful and cautious of electrical current. I vacuumed the outlet, then I applied a thin layer of dust around the box and sealed the cover back up.

Always be on the lookout for black specks and call a professional if you are concerned that you have bed bugs.

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