Disease-carrying raccoon droppings
The whole area will need to be professionally cleaned
Besides the infesting wildlife and their accompanying odors there was a high level of moisture, which is a common problem in vented crawl spaces. High indoor humidity can trigger mold growth, and creates conditions ripe for a variety of insect infestations, including wood-destroying termites. Crawl spaces are one of those "out of sight, out of mind" areas of the home where problems may be festering that, if not corrected, can lead to expensive repairs down the road. This particular job demonstrates the importance of periodic pest control inspections, especially when a homeowner finds something that doesn't seem right or even smell right! It is always better to err on the side of caution and contact a pest control service at the first signs of trouble.
With this home we will be bringing in the "big guns" - our nuisance wildlife control technicians who specialize in resolving these types of problems. Raccoons, especially females protecting their kits, are one animal you don't want to mess with. We also recommended to the homeowner that the humidity problem in the crawl space be addressed in to avoid future mold and insect problems. Cowleys has a home improvement division that encapsulates crawl spaces and installs commercial-grade dehumidifiers, turning crawl spaces with chronic water and moisture problems into clean, dry, trouble-free areas.
A homeowner in Helmetta contacted Cowleys, complaining of a foul odor permeating his home. Upon arrival, I followed my nose, and determined that the odor was coming from the living room floor. I immediately inspected the crawl space directly below. The smell was so strong that I suspected there may be a rotting animal carcass. Fortunately, during my inspection, I did not find any live or dead animals. However, the crawl space was filled with disease-carrying raccoon droppings and evidence of nesting. By appearances, there was an active gaze of raccoons nesting below and they happened to be out of the home. Raccoons are large, aggressive animals, and, in New Jersey, are the primary carriers of rabies.