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Attic makeover from Bat mess to fully insulated attic with TAP in Island Heights

Attic makeover from Bat mess to fully insulated attic with TAP in Island Heights

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Attic makeover from Bat mess to fully insulated attic with TAP in Island Heights Attic makeover from Bat mess to fully insulated attic with TAP in Island Heights

A Cowleys installation crew was sent to an Island Heights residence to repair the damage caused by bats that had been living in his attic. 

Fortunately, there was no longer an active bat infestation, andr the homeowner repaired the soffit to prevent the bats from returning.

We replaced the contaminated insulation with 12" of blown-in fresh, new TAP insulation, more than enough R-value for a well-insulated attic ready for the coldest weather here in New Jersey. 

Cowleys is licensed to install TAP Pest Control Insulation. TAP, which stands for Thermal, Acoustical, and Pest Control, offers superior thermal and acoustical (sound-deadening) properties as well as a pest control component. This insulation acts as an insect barrier because its paper fibers are treated with a borate solution harmless to people, but lethal to many insects including ants, beetles, and termites.  Over time, TAP insulation pays for itself through savings on heating and cooling bills. Once we completed our clean-up and installed the new insulation, this Island Heights homeowner had an attic that looked brand new, completely free of wildlife odors and dangerous droppings.

Hornet Infestation in Toms River, NJ

Hornet Infestation in Toms River, NJ

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Hornet Infestation in Toms River, NJ Hornet Infestation in Toms River, NJ

Summer is not only a busy time for us, but for insects as well. This is time of year when many insects are most active. They are at their population peaks and working hard to expand their colonies. Hornets in particular rear their heads (and stingers!) in the summer. During the summer, we see hornets busily doing their construction work. They build their nests not only in trees, but often on man-made structures as well. We will find their perfect hexagonal chambers attached to soffits, inside garages, attics, on window sills and door frames, attached to exterior walls, and pretty much anywhere they can attach their nest “building materials.” Hornets make their own nesting material by mixing chewed-up wood pulp from tree bark mixed with their saliva, forming an enclosed nest around the comb where the queen lays her eggs.

Hornets nests can grow quite rapidly, with a surprising number of hornets living in what we would consider cramped quarters. Often, homeowners don’t even realize that they have a wasp infestation until the nest grows to a decent size, especially if the nest is formed in an area of the home or surrounding property that isn’t visited too often. Often, by the time a Cowleys tech is called out to the home, the nest has grown to the size of a melon. Once these guys get going building their nest, they mean business. Nest sizes can double in just a week!

These particular homeowners in Toms River, NJ called us after discovering a hornet's nest that was built, of all places, on the side of a raised playhouse in their yard. Fortunately, no one had yet been stung, but this was a potentially dangerous situation. Hornets usually don’t go out of their way to bother anyone. The problem is when someone unknowingly walks into the path of foraging wasps. With kids playing around this structure, there was a high risk of a swarm of wasps stinging children. This nest was not noticed immediately because it was built pretty high up on the playground— about twelve feet up a side wall of the structure. 

To treat this hornet infestation, I used an aerosol pyrethrin application attached to an extension pole to access the nest. After spraying, I waited for about 20 minutes for the application to take effect. This product immediately knocks down the wasp population, and after waiting, there were no more visible wasps swarming around the nest. Now, with a nest that was substantially inactive (of course, there could always be a few live wasps still hiding in the nest), I removed the nest with a scraper attached to the pole. I then bagged the nest to take it off the property. Finally, I treated the area where the nest was attached that would help prevent the Hornets from trying to reconstruct the nest. 

This type of stinging insect assignment is very satisfying to me. When finished, I knew that by removing this nest, I likely prevented some innocent kids from being attacked by a swarm of hornets just because they happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Company Awards
Scott Dellett and Chris Fyfe Achieve Associate Certified Entomologist  (ACE) Status
Scott Dellett, Residential Service Supervisor and Chris Fyfe, Senior Pest Control Technician at Cowleys Pest Services were recently certified as... [Read more]
Cowleys wins Best Case Studies Award
In December 2016, Cowleys Pest Control Services was honored by an award for the "Best Case Studies” by Contractor Nation.... [Read more]
Cowleys Pest Services Earns Esteemed 
2016 Angie's List Super Service Award
Angie’s List recognized Cowleys Pest Services as one of the top 5 percent of service companies who achieved and maintained... [Read more]
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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 Island Heights 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, bedbugs, 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 Island Heights, NJ home.

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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 pest service plans have different levels too, to best suit your needs that you can change over time if needed. From our Green Service Plan to our Platinum Service Plan, we'll keep your home pest-free.

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  • Bedbug Extermination
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Case Studies From Island Heights
As temperatures drop in the fall and continue to drop to those freezing winter temperatures, we get more and more calls for mouse infestations. Mice...
Recently, I was sent to a home in Toms River, NJ to resolve a persistent rodent problem. As temperatures drop, mice will seek to overwinter in the...
Recently, I performed a residential termite treatment in Toms River, NJ. The home is in a residential development where all of the homes are built on...
Work Requests From Island Heights, NJ
Maple Ave. in Island Heights
Would like monthly service. Noticed ants in home
Ocean Ave in Island Heights
Need an inspection and possible correction for possible basement mold reported by a Home Inspector.