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Good detective work finds mice entry point in Dunellen home

Good detective work finds mice entry point in Dunellen home

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Good detective work finds mice entry point in Dunellen home Good detective work finds mice entry point in Dunellen home

A homeowner in Dunellen contacted Cowleys because mice had infested their basement. I was dispatched to resolve the problem. With mice, my concern is not just eliminating the rodents that are inside the home. It is also important to find the entry points and exclude them to prevent a re-infestation. It’s not realistic to turn a home into a fortress that is completely impervious to mice. However, for homeowners that have an active mouse infestation, it is important to find the entry points and exclude them. Whenever I’m called out to a home to deal with a mouse infestation, locating and sealing the known entry points is a critical part of the job.  

Sometimes, finding the access points for mice can be a challenge. Because of their size, mice require only the smallest of gaps or cracks to gain access into the home. If you ever took the time to shave the hair off a mouse, you would be amazed at how small these rodents actually are. A mouse weighs less than three-quarters of an ounce, and their only limitation for squeezing through holes and gaps is the size of their skull. They are able to squeeze through holes that are about the diameter of a dime. Compare that with larger animal infestations like raccoons or squirrels. These infestations are often accompanied by a gaping hole in the soffits, fascia boards, or roof that an animal chewed out or clawed out in order to gain entry.  

With this Dunellen home, I thoroughly inspected the entire inside perimeter of the basement. Initially, I could not find a single opening that would allow them to gain access. I took a step back and consider the overall structure of the home. This particular house had very low siding with low-lying lines going into the home. I realized this could be an issue, and checked all of the utility and AC lines going into the home. Sure enough, I found a sizable opening that was large enough for any mouse. 

To exclude mice from further entry, I used some copper mesh, which mice can’t chew through, and pushed it into the space as far is it would reach. After setting up a baiting system inside the home, I showed the homeowners the entry point and the exclusion to prevent future rodent access. This route into the home was now closed off. The homeowner asked if the mesh was enough, and I suggested that if he wanted a secondary barrier, some silicone caulking over and around the mesh would help seal the gap. 

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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 Dunellen 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 Dunellen, 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.

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Clothes moth destroy wardrobe in Dunellen

I was dispatched to a homeowner in Dunellen who was having ongoing problems with clothes moths in their closets. Another pest control service put up pheromone lures to capture the adults before they lay their eggs. However, the homeowners were never instructed that all of their clothing had to be cleaned (or dry cleaned depending on the fabric). Once the lures were pulled, their closets were soon re-infested.

Upon arrival, I thoroughly vacuumed all of the closets and, after clearing them out, I applied an effective spot treatment to all of the cracks and crevices. The best way to deal with clothes moths is preventatively. Nothing discourages clothes moths more than keeping your woolen items clean and storing them correctly using plastic storage bags or boxes. However, you have to make sure the items can breathe to avoid condensation and you also need to be aware that some plastics can degrade fabric over time. Two natural ways of helping to deter closes moth damage are red cedar and lavender. Red cedar contains oils that can help kill clothes-moth larvae, and little bags of lavender will helps to repel clothes moths, but won’t kill the eggs or larvae. Finally, we recommend against the use of mothballs and moth crystals. These products work by releasing a fumigant gas. Some people are sensitive to the odor, and these products can even trigger allergic reactions.