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Crawl space access repair needed in Allentown

Crawl space access repair needed in Allentown

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Crawl space access repair needed in Allentown Crawl space access repair needed in Allentown

These homeowners in Allentown, NJ  had a partial basement foundation, that is, part of the first floor living space was built over a basement while the remainder was built over a crawl space. Partial basements can also be split between a basement and partial slab on grade. We often find partial basements with homes that have an addition built onto the original structure, but homes are also built with a partial basement to save on some construction costs. It is more expensive to excavate and construct a full basement than it is to build a crawl space or lay down a concrete slab.

With this home’s partial basement the homeowner’s wanted a sturdy, permanent, more aesthetically pleasing solution to separate these two foundation areas. They periodically had problems with insects, mice, and other pests in the basement area that were getting inside their home through the crawl space. In residential construction, crawl spaces are often considered to be the “black sheep” of a home. They often cause a lot of problems for the rest of the home, including pest infestations, water and moisture issues, and mold growth. Since crawl spaces are rarely visited, these “out of sight, out of mind” problems can fester for years before they become serious enough for a homeowner to take notice.

The homeowners contacted Cowleys since we have a specialized division dedicated to waterproofing and encapsulating problem crawl spaces, and they thought we could help. And they were right!  We came out to inspect the home, and recommended a quick, cost-effective solution that would work perfectly. We replaced the hardware cloth (which wasn’t really even a barrier at all between the two areas) with a customized Everlast door. These Everlast covers are usually installed on the outdoor entry point into the crawl space to completely block outside air and moisture from entering the crawl space. However, it worked perfectly here to separate the two sections of this home’s foundation. Made with a hard durable plastic, these doors can be installed against wood framing or masonry. They stand up to the worst weather conditions, and are completely maintenance-free. They are made out of a material that is impervious to water and any outdoor elements, so they will rot, warp, or crack and, unlike wood, they never need to be painted. From our experience, they are virtually indestructible. 

For these homeowners, this door did just the trick. They were pleased with our solution to their problem and our quick installation. The homeowners thanked us, and my partner and I were off to help our next customer!

 

 

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Here at Cowleys Pest Services we not only adhere to the highest pest control standards, our goal is to provide you with an excellent experience and service in Allentown and nearby NJ. From your first phone call through treatment and follow-up we at Cowleys Pest Services pledge to give you great customer service while fixing your pest problem.

Since 1991, we have been treating a wide variety of pests, insects and rodents -- just contact us to get more details on your home or building's issue. Take advantage of our expertise to get rid of unwanted pests or animals in your Allentown, NJ home.

At Cowleys Pest Services we also have pest control plans where we routinely inspect your home or building and apply needed solutions ahead of developing a recurring pest problem. Our plans have different levels too, to best suit your needs that you can change over time if needed.

Business & Home Pest Services We Offer in Allentown:

  • Bedbug Extermination
  • Termite, Flea and Tick Control
  • Rodent Control
  • Ant, Beetle, Spider, Insect Control
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Crickets removed from Allentown, NJ basement

I was sent to a homeowner in Allentown who was dealing with a spider cricket infestation in her basement. These crickets are not your usual run-of-the-mill field crickets that periodically find their way into a home in small numbers. This particular type of cricket usually congregates in large numbers. It is not uncommon to see 50 to 100 of these insects just sitting on a wall in a basement or crawl space. Unlike field crickets, they don’t make chirping sounds, and instead attract mates by emitting a smell. Even compared to other insects, they are quite unattractive. From a distance, these crickets resemble spiders or shrimp because of their gangly long legs and antennae. 

These cricket have many names. I’ve heard them called camelback crickets, cave crickets, “land shrimp,” stone critics, spider crickets (which is often shortened to “criders” or “sprickets”). To me, however, they are simply “ugly creatures that have spawned from beneath.” The most common name for these insects is probably the camel cricket. Be aware! When frightened, these insects often jump directly at what frightens them. So, if you zoom in for a close and personal look, you may find yourself with a spider cricket firmly planted on your face — and these guys do bite!

These crickets are usually found in caves. They have a distinct preference for dark, moist, and humid conditions. Unfortunately, areas in our home, especially basements, crawl spaces and garages, can mimic cave-like conditions, especially when there is high indoor humidity. These insects thrive in enclosed spaces that are damp and moist, and you’ll often find them in homes with a mold or mildew problem because they feed off any fungi that grows on damp walls. Spider crickets are often a sign of a mold problem, any home with spider crickets should be inspected for mold. Also, they are voracious eaters with strong mandibles. Besides fungi, they’ll eat fabric, carpets, cardboard, dust, and plants — and they are not too proud to even eat each other!

In order to eradicate these insects, we performed a perimeter treatment around the exterior foundation of the home as well as an indoor  treatment using granular bait and glue boards.  We also recommended to the homeowner that she purchase a good commercial-grade dehumidifier for her basement to keep down indoor humidity levels. By keeping your basement dry, you remove the conditions for mold to form, improve the air quality of your home, and make the area much less inviting for insects and other pests. Dehumidification is the most important long-term preventative step a homeowner can take to stop mold in its tracks and to keep your basement or crawl space from becoming a breeding ground for all types of pests.

Ants find life on the highway to the living room easy

We received a call from a homeowner in Allentown who had seen ants in the living room of a home. I spoke with the customer and discovered the trail of ants going from the couch to a living room window. When I went outside for my exterior inspection, I found the trail continued to the spigot for the hose outside.

Ants can use pipe lines as a highway into the home. I treated the areas where the ants where trailing into. My treatment for the interior and exterior of the home included using baits and residual insecticides. 

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