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Gutter cleaning helps prevent water damage to home in Old Bridge homeowner

Gutter cleaning helps prevent water damage to home in Old Bridge homeowner

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Gutter cleaning helps prevent water damage to home in Old Bridge homeowner Gutter cleaning helps prevent water damage to home in Old Bridge homeowner

A long-time Cowleys client, a homeowner in Old Bridge, contacted us because of a problem with clogged gutters. Clogged gutters can lead to expensive repairs if left untreated. Gutter systems are designed to channel water off the roof and discharge it away from the home’s foundation. Gutter blockage causes water to pour over the sides of the gutter and pool around the foundation, and over time, will weaken it — even causing collapse in severe cases! Pooling water can also lead to mold growth and attack insects, especially mosquitoes. Besides the foundation, clogged gutters can lead to wood damage, weakening the fascia boards on which the gutter system is attached. This can lead to wood rot, and often becomes an access point for invading wildlife. Also, when water spills over the sides, it can land on trees and shrubs around the base of the home causing landscape damage. As winter approaches, clogged gutters will also increase the likelihood that ice dams will form on the lower edge of the roof. Destructive ice dams can cause extensive roof damage and eventually allow water to seep into the home.  

Upon arrival, we spoke with the homeowner about her clogged gutter problem. She showed us where, during a heavy rain, water would pour onto her garden, damaging her beautiful landscaping. Also, we were concerned about potential foundation damage because of the improper drainage. 

Cowleys offers full gutter cleaning services. This is especially important for those homeowners who do not have the time, interest, or mobility to be climbing up and down ladders to do it themselves. We started our services by removing all the debris from the gutters to allow proper water flow throughout the gutters to the down spouts. After, we ran water through all the drains to make sure every thing was working properly.  Cleaning out the gutters, especially during the fall while the leaves are dropping, may seem like a menial task, but it is an important home maintenance task one that should not be ignored.  

After we had completed our clean-up, we met again with the homeowner to explain everything that we had done. She was very happy to hear that her clogged gutter problem was completely solved, and that she no longer had to worry about damage to her home and landscaping because of water overflowing from her gutters.

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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 Old Bridge 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 Old Bridge, 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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  • Bedbug Extermination
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  • Rodent Control
  • Ant, Beetle, Spider, Insect Control
  • Tick Control Services
  • Pest, Bird and Animal Control Services 
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Hornets invade condo community in Old Bridge, NJ

Well, here we are. It’s mid-September and getting toward the end of bee and wasp season. I expect that, given the time of year, this nest will probably be one of the last active hornets nests that I’ll remove this year, and I’ll bid these insects a not-so-fond farewell. As the colder weather approaches, the insects will abandon their nest. The fertilized queen will find a secure private location to overwinter while the other colony members end of their brief lifecycle.

I was sent out to treat and remove a hornets nest in a condominium community in Old Bridge, NJ serviced by Cowleys. Hornets are very productive workers that can build these nests in a relatively short time. Hornets nests can become quite large, even as big as a basketball. A single nest can house hundreds of worker wasps. These wasps are aggressive and highly territorial, stinging any potential intruder (or more often, someone who mistakenly enters the vicinity of their nest). This particular nest is pretty big and it likely took about three weeks for the hornets to construct. These wasps remove bark from trees and chew it with their mandibles and secrete saliva making a paper-like pasty material that they use to form their nests. If you have a chance to see one of these nests up close-up (preferably, one that is dormant!), they are really quite beautiful structures of nature. These nests even have different shadings because of the variation of different barks used.

Many of these nests can be left alone. However, unfortunately, these insects decide to build their nests close to human habitats. That’s when a pest control professional needs to be called in. Wasp stings can be quite painful and a single wasp is able to sting multiple times. If you find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time, you can find yourself in the midst of a wasp attack with multiple stings. At best, these stings are quite painful, and for someone allergic to wasp venom, a wasp attack is a serious medical emergency.

Although their are different ways to treat the nest, one effective way is to use a product that is not a quick knock-down. A slow-acting residual product ensures the treatment affects not only the hornets in the nest, but also the foraging wasps that are returning. This way, the entire colony is destroyed. After a few says when the nest is removed, there will not be any “homeless” hornets flying around looking to build a new nest on the same site.

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We have a bi level home and we seem to have a crickets as they show up at least every other day. We would like eliminate them
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3/4 acre property and two dogs. Ticks are all over.