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Squirrels Chew into Seaside Park, NJ Attic

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A homeowner in Seaside Park, NJ, contacted Cowleys after hearing strange “thumping and scratching” wildlife noises coming from the attic. Something was up there, but she wasn’t interested in investigating to find out what type of wildlife had taken up residence in her attic. Common “attic invaders” that we deal with are squirrels, raccoons, bats, and birds. Here, it turned out that the culprits infesting the attic were squirrels. 

Upon arrival, for the start of my inspection, I want to determine how the animals are gaining access into the attic in the first place. Unless it is a flying animal, the animal must first find a way to gain access to the roof (usually, it’s an overhanging tree branch or utility wires coming into the roofline area) and then, once on the roof, they look for some weakness in the roof structure to exploit. Often, with large wildlife, it’s not a mystery. There is an obvious entry hole in the roof or around the roofline. Here, however, at first glance, I did not see any visible damage indicating where the wildlife was finding its way inside. Upon closer inspection, I found the answer. All four of the plastic static roof vents had large holes chewed through them. Squirrels are in the rodent family and they have razor-sharp teeth that can eat through many types of building materials.

As you can see from the photo, the hole was underneath the plastic cap so it was not causing any water leakage. Nevertheless, the hole was more than enough for squirrels to gain easy access to this homeowner’s attic. Unfortunately, manufacturers do not usually design vents to be pest-proof. Contractors are looking to save money on their projects and price considerations affect the quality of “manufacturer’s standard” building materials. 

To resolve this problem, I covered three of the four roof vents with a tough galvanized steel mesh cover that fits over the entire vent. This cover is strong and durable enough to stop any wildlife from even thinking about using the vent to gain access to the attic. Why didn’t I cover all four vents? I wanted to allow any squirrels hiding in the attic a route to leave. With three of the four access points closed, the squirrels had no choice but to exit through the remaining opening. On this fourth vent, I installed a makeshift temporary cover attached to a one-way door. The door allows animals to leave, but it’s a one-way trip. They are unable to regain access into the attic. Once any animals are trapped and relocated and we are certain that there is no more wildlife activity inside the house, the fourth and final vent cover will be installed. And this wildlife job is complete — all wildlife is safely and humanely removed from the home and all entry points are sealed to prevent a re-infestation.

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Cowleys Pest Services is Seaside Park, 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 Seaside Park and nearby.

Trusted Pest Control Company Proudly Serving Seaside Park

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

Seaside Park 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 Seaside Park and nearby.

Case Studies From Seaside Park
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A residential customer of Cowleys in Seaside Park contacted us about a continuing problem from last year — raccoons in her attic. Raccoons,...
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During a routine treatment of a new Home Protection Plan customers home in Seaside Park, NJ, we found a large amount of ants on the right side of the...
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Attic Desperately Needs New Insulation in Seaside Park, NJ

Previously, our Wildlife Removal team had safely removed several squirrels from the attic of this customer in Seaside Park, NJ. Unfortunately, the squirrels were residing in the attic for quite some time and caused quite a mess. Almost every single piece of insulation was soaked with their urine and feces! So our Attic Systems team is here to clean up the attic and add new blown-in cellulose insulation

First, we carefully removed all of the contaminated insulation, disposed of it, and then disinfected the entire attic. Afterward, we installed Tight Shell Can Light Covers over the recessed lights in the attic. These are made out of a fire resistant material and is specifically designed to stop unwanted air leakage through the recessed lights. Next, we added over 10 inches of TruSoft blown-in cellulose insulation. TruSoft blown-in cellulose insulation maximizes home comfort, has the highest Class-1 fire safety rating & is resistant to mold and pests. Lastly, we installed several SilverGlo™ borders. This will prevent the insulation from overflowing onto the attic floor and makes the attic look more organized.

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Mouse Holes Found Around the Home in Seaside Park, NJ

As we were treating this home in Seaside Park, NJ, we found several mouse droppings along the side of the building. We followed the droppings and found several rodent burrows underneath the siding of the building. We brought this to the owners attention and, since we was a building contractor, he mentioned that he will seal off the gaps properly at a later date.

Until that happens, as a temporary solution, we stuffed the openings with chew-proof stainless steel mesh. Rodents typically don't like chewing through metal because it's extremely uncomfortable for their teeth and gums. Next, we installed several rodent bait stations around the exterior of the home. Lastly, we scheduled several follow up visits to monitor the infestation and replenish the bait stations as needed. 

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Bed bugs found and removed from Seaside Park apartment

A tenant in an apartment complex in Seaside Park were waking up with bug bites for the past five months. Finally, he decided to contact the property manager. Unfortunately, these delays are more common than you would think. Often, mysterious bites are the earliest sign of a bed bug infestation. If you wake up int he morning with unexplained bites, and you can’t attribute the bites to anything else, it is critical that bed bugs be ruled out as the cause. This is especially true if you have recently traveled or you live in a high-density building like an apartment or college dormitory where infestations can easily spread from unit to unit. 

Upon arrival, I performed a full bed bug inspection throughout the unit to determine the extent of the infestation. Bed bug populations grow rapidly. Because of the extensive delay, by the time that I had arrived, I knew that the infestation would be bad. I just needed to find out how bad. 

These pictures reflect some of what I observed during my initial inspection. It wasn’t pretty! On the bed frames, there were fecal stains, one of the more visible signs of bug activity. Bed bugs are external parasites that feed exclusively on the blood of their hosts. As a result of their diet, their excrement appears as small dark dots that resembles black pepper flakes. Because they live exclusively on blood, their fecal stains bleed onto fabric just like a marker would.

First, I vacuumed up the live bugs. While you can’t get every single of them, it’s an effective way to start treatment. I thoroughly vacuumed the bedding, all furniture, and along the baseboards. Once this was completed, I was ready to commence a full treatment with appropriate applications. This was a particularly heavy infestation, and will require at least one follow-up visit. The infestation will be considered resolved when the tenant has no more bites, and further inspections show that there are no more bed bugs or evidence of bed bug activity.

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