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Dig defense will keep wildlife from entering Avenel home again.

Dig defense will keep wildlife from entering Avenel home again.

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Dig defense will keep wildlife from entering Avenel home again. Dig defense will keep wildlife from entering Avenel home again.

An Avanel homeowner contacted Cowleys for a nuisance wildlife technician to take care of a wildlife problem, and I was dispatched to his home. He told me that animals, possibly opossums, were gaining access under his cantilevered flooring. I have an interest in building construction and, to me, cantilevers are a great example of smart home building. With standard framing construction, joists are extended to a girder at the front end, and the framing looks like a bed frame. However, with cantilevered flooring, instead of a girder at the end of the joists, a beam is placed under the joists, so they can extend past that support. That overhang that is past the beam is what’s called the cantilever. Using this construction, you can extend a home’s footprint and save on material costs— as long as it’s done right. For a safe cantilever overhang, you have to consider the strength of the particular wood and the spacing of the joists. Also, since the beam acts as a fulcrum, you have to make sure that the flooring can handle the weight put on the cantilever by taking into account the backspan of the joists (the distance of the joist up to the beam). Cantilevered engineering is like building a playground teeter-totter that you don’t want to budge an inch when weight is placed on the unsupported side. Unfortunately, some wildlife was as impressed with this cantilevered flooring as I was — and they wanted an up-close view by getting into the spacing under the flooring extending over the foundation!

For this particular job, the animals had made of mess of things with their clawing and droppings, and I needed to remove all of the debris and contaminated insulation underneath. I was able to access the area through the ceiling of the basement. After removing the debris, I sanitized and deodorized the entire area so that no other wildlife would be attracted to the same area by the left-over scent. For added measure, I blocked off every bay in the framing with silver-glo insulation and spray foam. Finally, I installed a dig defense on the exterior portion of the cantilever and the rear deck to keep wildlife from being able to gain access. With a dig defense, the area invaded by wildlife is blocked by underground fencing to prevent them from re-entering. 

This Avanel homeowner will always be dealing with wildlife in his yard, but after this repair and improvement work to exclude wildlife from around the foundation, this homeowner should not have any more unwelcome visits by opossums or any other clawing animals under his cantilevered flooring. 

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Scott Dellett and Chris Fyfe Achieve Associate Certified Entomologist  (ACE) Status
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Termite
We are in the midst of termite season! Each spring, termites swarm to find mates and establish new colonies. When these swarms take place in and just...
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Termite bait stations strategically placed in Avenel, NJ

I performed a termite treatment for an Avenel homeowner who made the unfortunate discovery of a termite swarm in his bedroom. Termite swarms are when a small army of winged, reproductive termites are released from the subterranean nest to mate and start new colonies. Sometimes, these swarming insects manage to find their way inside homes through cracks in foundations and other gaps. While it is disturbing to see, finding a termite swarm can be a blessing in disguise for homeowners. It is an “in your face” sign that you have a termite problem. Otherwise, signs of termite activity can be quite subtle, and you may not realize that you have termite activity before there has already been significant property damage. Termites eat wood from the inside out so superficially the wood look okay until the hollowed out shell collapses from its own weight or disintegrates after you try to screw something in it. 

After our inspection and consultation with a homeowner, I determined that termite baiting would be the best solution to this problem. Termites are fragile subterranean insects that travel through soil. They cannot be exposed to the outdoor elements, and even when traveling from the soil to the wood in your home, will build protective mud tunnels over concrete foundations. After strategically installing bait stations around the perimeter of the home, swarmers began massing around one of the installed bait stations. This set-up will soon resolve the termite infestation and prevent any termite damage to the home down the road. In the attached photo, you can see the swarmers in the foreground with the bait station in the background.

Termite bait stations strategically placed in Avenel, NJ - Photo 1
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Pocahont Place in Avenel
We have a fox and 3-4 Cubs living under our shed in the backyard. I would like to get them out.
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Hi, I would like to get an estimate on some termite damage around the sills of my house and door frame in garage. Looking forward to speaking to you soon!
Manhattan Avenue in Avenel
I need an estimate on removal of birds and squirrels I'm attic
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Selling a townhouse. closing end of November. Buyers house inspector found a mold in lowest level/basement. Need to take care of that asap. Thank you.
Jay Street in Avenel
We have bed bugs and would like to see how much it would cost to get rid of them
Madaline Drive in Avenel
We have issue with cockroach in our 10x10 size kitchen. We would like to get them exterminate. Let me know if you service this area ( avenel, NJ) and an estimate.