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Mice find easy entry to Keasbey, NJ basement

Mice find easy entry to Keasbey, NJ basement

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Mice find easy entry to Keasbey, NJ basement Mice find easy entry to Keasbey, NJ basement

A homeowner in Keasbey contacted Cowleys after hearing strange wildlife scratching and scurrying noises in her basement and inside her wall voids. Mice use wall voids to travel unseen inside a home when foraging for food. Even though mice inevitably find their way into the kitchen for food, they may be nesting anywhere. Rodents have a “gift” for staying out of sight since these nocturnal creatures do their foraging at night. Often, you’ll see signs of rodent activity well before spotting a live rodent, and it is important to keep your eyes, ears, and nose open. Mice populations increase rapidly, and you want to address these infestations as early as possible.

This homeowner was quite happy to see me when I arrived, and was thankful that I was sent out immediately to deal with the infestation. For a homeowner, those unfamiliar squeaks and scratches can be quite disturbing, and she wanted whatever trespassers were hiding in her home to be gone.

All indications were that this home has a mouse infestation. I inspected both the home’s interior and exterior for rodent activity. Although the mice themselves may be hard to spot, they are messy creatures that leave behind plenty of signs, including clusters of their tiny, dark pellet-like droppings, smelly urine, chewed wires, and clumps of insulation, paper, cardboard, or other nesting materials. Sometimes you’ll see mouse markings on walls, which are stains left from the dirt and oily residue in their hair.

Also, during a rodent inspection, I am always on the lookout for potential access points. Entry points need to be identified, so an exclusion can be performed. Exclusions prevent more animals from finding their way inside your home using the exact same routes. In this home, I found several gaps around pipes and other areas, as well as a small basement window that had been left open for some time giving the rodents an open invitation for entry.  

I closed the window and spoke with the homeowner about making sure that all ground-level windows stay shut. After setting a rodent tracking powder inside the gaps and voids, I sealed them with copper mesh. Copper mesh effectively blocks out mice. Mice can chew through wood and a lot of other material, but not this stuff. After treating burrows and patching the holes and gaps, I set up rodent bait stations around the exterior of the home and inside the basement in order to trap any mice still lurking in and around the home. 

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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 Keasbey 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 Keasbey, NJ home.

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Home Protection Plan inspection uncovers squirrel access and evidence in Keasbey, NJ

I was dispatched to a home in Keasbey to perform a periodic routine inspection that comes with the homeowner’s residential service plan. Homeowners who purchase this protective service receive three annual visits along with an unlimited number of service calls for covered pests. Throughout the year, home protection plan clients can call us whenever they suspect is a pest problem, and we arrive ASAP to deal with it. During these scheduled visits, we thoroughly inspect the home and property for signs of infestations and conduct a preventative perimeter treatment. These visits allow us to preemptively head-off most infestations, and if any pests manage to slip through the cracks, we catch them in their early stages when the infestation is still localized and can be easily resolved. 

During this inspection, I noticed some loose, torn insulation on the ground, which is an easily overlooked sign of a rodent infestation. A variety of wildlife, especially rodents, commonly use insulation materials for nesting. I focused my inspection in the immediate area to find an entry point. Sure enough, I found a good-sized hole next to the facia board above. I notified the client immediately and asked her if I could go into her attic to inspect. The homeowner was surprised that there was a possible infestation, and thanked me for pursuing it.

When I enter her attic I approached the area where the I had found the hole. I found the tell-tail signs of a squirrel infestation — several acorns and droppings. At least for those experienced in pest control, cylindrical squirrel droppings have a distinct smell and appearance. Squirrels are in the rodent family, and like all rodents, can cause significant damage with their constant gnawing and their disease-carrying droppings.

Cowleys has a team of technicians who specialize in wildlife, I and explained to her our humane “trap and release” program. We never harm wildlife. Rather, our wildlife technicians trap and then relocate them far away from human habitats. After the wildlife is removed, we clean and sanitize any contaminated areas, and seal and patch any entry points to prevent a re-infestation. 

The homeowner was anxious to go ahead with the squirrel trapping, and made arrangements for the wildlife division to take over and resolve this rodent infestation.

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