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Good time to fix mice entry point in Middletown, NJ home

Good time to fix mice entry point in Middletown, NJ home

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Good time to fix mice entry point in Middletown, NJ home Good time to fix mice entry point in Middletown, NJ home

I was sent to Middletown, NJ with my colleague Alfonso to help a homeowner who had contacted Cowleys after finding mouse droppings in several areas of their home. With any rodent infestation, our priority is finding any actual or potential entry points. Finding mice entry points is a challenge since they can squeeze through the smallest of cracks and crevices. A mouse needs only about a quarter-inch gap to find their way inside your home. If a mouse is able to poke its snout through a hole, the rest of its body will follow. To successfully resolve a mouse infestation, it is critical that these entry points are located and sealed. Failure to do so means that you’ll likely have ongoing problems with these overwintering pests, even if the ones already in your home are eliminated. 

As outdoor temperatures drop, mice, other wildlife, and certain insects will look for harborage in your home to escape the harsh outdoor elements. if there is a weak link for them to gain access inside your home, they’ll find it. Mice commonly look for entry points around the home’s foundation. They’ll enter into the crawl space or basement and then find their way to the living areas of the home when they forage for food and water. One of the most common, and often overlooked, entry points for mice are pipe chases, those spaces where pipes, such as from air conditioning units and the home’s plumbing system, as well as electrical supply lines, are run into the home. Pipe chases often become entry points for overwintering mice and bugs when the original sealant around the pipes starts to become worn and disintegrates, creating a perfect “tunnel” for pests to enter the home. We found several possible entry points around some pipes, and sealed them with chew-proof copper mesh. To reduce the mouse population in and around the home, we set up rodent control bait boxes in the home’s interior as well as the exterior perimeter. Finally, as part of our protocol, we scheduled a two-week follow-up to re-inspect and replenish the bait boxes as necessary. We are confident that with the exclusion and the bait boxes. We’re confident that it won’t take long for the infestation to be resolved, and this homeowner will no longer find droppings and other upsetting signs of mouse activity in his home.

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Scott Dellett and Chris Fyfe Achieve Associate Certified Entomologist  (ACE) Status
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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 Middletown 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 Middletown, 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.

Business & Home Pest Services We Offer in Middletown:

  • Bedbug Extermination
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Case Studies From Middletown
Squirrels
I was dispatched to a home in Middletown, NJ to resolve an active squirrel infestation in the attic. With wildlife infestations. which are often...
Fruit
I was sent to a new commercial account in Middletown, NJ. They were having an ongoing fruit fly problem and were looking for some solutions...
European
I was dispatched to a Middletown residence on Saturday to inspect and treat what the homeowners believed was a yellow jacket infestation. They were...
Job Stories From Middletown, NJ
Wildlife break into Middletown, NJ home

Recently, a Middletown, NJ homeowner arrived home from work only to discover a gaping hole in the gable vent above her garage. Suspecting it was some wildlife issue, either squirrels or raccoons, she immediately contacted Cowleys to arrange for a nuisance wildlife technician to take care of the situation.

During my inspection of the home’s exterior, i found at least a sliver of good news. The sole point of entry was the hole that the animals made through the gable vent, and the rest of the roof, soffit, and fascia was was undamaged and secure. With only one access point, I installed a one-way device over the gable vent. This allows the animal to leave via a spring-loaded door, but it’s a one-way trip — the animal is blocked from regaining entry. I also set two baited traps near the entrance area. 

Once I am assured that no animals are inside the home, I will seal off the entry point with hardware cloth to temporarily exclude further animal “break-ins” until the homeowner can have the gable vent replaced.

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Ants Found during Middletown, NJ Home Protection Plan Inspection

I was sent to Middletown, NJ, for the first visit of a new Home Protection Plan (HPP) customer. The homeowner was anxious for the plan to get started because he had seen ants in the kitchen. With a HPP, a customer has periodic inspections and preventative perimeter treatments throughout the year and they can call us at any time to treat pests covered under the plan at no additional cost. It’s a great budgeting tool for homeowners. 

The homeowner told me that he was mostly seeing ants by the kitchen windowsill and on the floor by the kitchen window. Often, the ant nest is located outside nearby the home and the worker ants trail inside a home to forage for food for the colony. During my inspection, I did not happen to see any insect activity in the kitchen. However, since ants were observed trailing inside, I used an aerosol application around the windows and treated along the kitchen baseboard.

Outside, was a different story. I observed significant ant activity. Ants were trailing up the brick veneer right into an opening where the homeowner had observed ants. I thoroughly treated the exterior perimeter area outside of the kitchen, especially on the brick where the ants were trailing as well as a mulch bed right outside the foundation. Mulch is a favorite harborage area for insects and it is best to leave a foot gap between the home and a mulch bed to reduce the risk of termites and other insects reaching the home. With this residual product, as the foraging ants go to and from the nest, they will carry in back to the colony where it will be distributed. Soon, the queen and the rest of the colony will be eliminated. I was glad that I had a chance to help this customer on our first visit to his home. 

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Dangerous hornets nest removed in Middletown, NJ

I was recently sent to a home in Middletown, NJ because the homeowner was having trouble with wasps on the property. Upon arrival, the homeowner's caretaker showed me the areas of concern around the property. The most serious issue was a large hornets nest attached to one of the windows in the main home. 

This summer, I’ve had plenty of experience removing hornets nests from structures and trees, so I was prepared for this job. There are different methods for removing nests both efficiently and safely depending on the particular circumstances. For this stinging insect infestation, I chose to use a liquid product that would kill both the wasps in the nest as well any hornets returning to the nest. The treatment takes 2 to 3 days for the nest to become dormant, and once the nest is dormant, it can then be safely removed without the threat of anyone being stung. While there, I also removed two active paper wasps nests from the house and another active nest under a patio bench. 

I later returned for a follow-up visit after giving the application time to “deactivate” the nest. The attached photos show the effectiveness of the treatment. There was not a wasp to be found in, on, or around the nest. Now,  with the nest dormant, I could safely remove the nest, and most important, remove the threat to the homeowner and any visitors of being attacked and stung by a small army of agitated, aggressive, territorial hornets.

 

 

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Take a walk with us to find mosquito breeding grounds on your property

Homeowners often assume that buzzing, biting mosquitoes are flying into their backyard to bother them, not realizing that mosquitoes, which do not fly great distances, are often home grown and the females are laying eggs somewhere on their property. If your lawn has more than its fair share of mosquitoes, I could walk with you around your property and show you at least a half-dozen potential mosquitoes breeding grounds.

I was conducting a routine exterior service to a Middletown residence and noticed many areas where one lone female mosquito could lay her eggs -- and a lot of them. Upwards of 200 eggs a few times throughout the season! The key is to look for anything capable of retaining water. With this house, I told the homeowner about kids toys left outside in the yard, a tire swing, clogged gutters, and a bird bath. The tinniest of objects, even a bottle cap, is enough water for a mosquito to lay her eggs. The accompanying photo is a perfect example of a potential breeding site. I took this photo as I was walking back to my truck along the street. 

If all the species of mosquitoes found in New Jersey weren't enough to deal with, over the last decade or so, New Jersey has become another state invaded by the  Asian tiger mosquito. These little pests got their name from their area of origin and their coloring. They are an invasive species, native to Southeast Asia, were first identified in New Jersey right here in Monmouth County in 1995. They soon spread to other areas of the state. They are called "tiger" mosquitoes because of their coloring, a black background with distinctive white markings including a white strip running down the center of its head and back and white bands on its legs.

Also called the tree hole mosquito, the females lay their eggs in small hard-sided containers rather than swamps or marshes. While they like to breed in tree holes, they are happy to use anything else where they can glue themselves to the sides like flower pots, an old bucket, a tin can, or tires. In fact, the spread of this mosquito has been attributed to the interstate transport of used tires.

Unlike other mosquitoes that tend to be active at dusk, this particular species is equally active during the day,making them even more of a nuisance than other species. The Asian Tiger mosquito is an aggressive, persistent biter and can transmit diseases like the West Nile virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

   

 

 

 

 

 

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Work Requests From Middletown, NJ
Herb Rd in Middletown
I hear speaking/chirping sounds coming from the wall in on each of my bedrooms. Hear it at night. Opened windows and does not appear to be coming from outside.
Port Monmouth Rd in Middletown
Walker Terrace in Middletown
Looking for a price quote to remove a ground hog and baby from underneath my pool bar.
CHANOWICH CT in Middletown
Carpenter bees
CASTLE DR in Middletown
Looking for estimate on termite treatment
Kinkade Dr in Middletown
Mice
Twin Brooks Avenue in Middletown
Preventative maintenance to home and yard. Stink bugs, ticks, ants, etc.
Middlewood Rd in Middletown
Need to have a termite inspection done for the sale of townhouse
Tall Tree Road in Middletown
I am interested in Silver plan and Tick/Mosquito seasonal treatments. Can you please provide a price. I spoke with Jill yesterday and she was unable to provide pricing without appointment. If I need to be home Friday afternoon or Saturday is best if you can come and survey without me being home please come anytime I work part time and have a sporatic schedule. thank you
Sycamore Ave in Middletown
99% sure we have a squirrel stuck in our wall/hvac ducts
Farm Rd in Middletown
Can hear scratching and running in the attic space and also above the lower level bathroom
Sutton Place in Middletown
Just need routine servicing - annual termite inspection, general insect control.
Nedshire Drive in Middletown
Just want a quote on gutter cleanjng
Kings Hwy in Middletown
Looking for an estimate on our spider and bug issue.
Park Dr in Middletown
I have mole(s) in my front lawn that I would like removed.
Dimisa Dr in Middletown
How much for a bed bug inspection?
Baldwin Avenue in Middletown
Ant problem in home.
Borden Road in Middletown
Treatment for ants and spiders
Bray Ave in Middletown
Black ants
Cardinal Road in Middletown
Looking for wasp and bee control.