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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.

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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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Cockroach Clean Out Party in Old Bridge, NJ

A restaurant in Old Bridge, NJ was having ongoing pest problems and decided to use Cowleys for their periodic servicing. Soon thereafter, I was dispatched with another pest control technician to do a thorough roach clean out. As soon as we started, we realized that there was an even more serious infestation that needed to be resolved — mice!

It is imperative for restaurants to have sanitation and hygiene protocols established and followed for the kitchen staff. It’s only a matter of time before a dirty kitchen finds itself with pest problems. Apparently, the other pest control service did not convey the importance of sanitation. Pest control in restaurants must be a cooperative effort with the pest control service.

As shown in the photos, the grill has not been adequately cleaned. Even worse, underneath in the grill’s catch basin there were mouse droppings. While we were doing our clean out, no more than an hour after the grill was turned off, a mouse popped his head up to see what all the commotion in the kitchen was all about. It was painfully obvious to us that this kitchen had major sanitation deficiencies. The photos underneath the deep fryers speak for themselves. It was no surprise that rodents had made this kitchen their home. Fortunately, my partner and i were there to start eviction proceedings against these trespassers!

A rodent infestation in a restaurant or other food preparation business spells big trouble, and we knew that we had to act fast to get things under control. We started out by placing glue boards in strategic places throughout the kitchen. Glue boards not only catch rodents. We use them as monitoring devices between service calls to gives us a reliable indicator of what pests are active and the level of infestation. We also set up outdoor rodent bait stations. With rodents, a major part of the inspection is locating potential entry points. Unfortunately, because of their size, mice are able to access buildings through quite small gaps and cracks around the building’s foundation. We thoroughly inspected the basement and sealed all of the access points that we could find. 

An infestation this severe cannot be completely resolved in one visit. It will require constant follow-ups until we can get the situation under control. We informed the manager that the staff needs to do a more thorough job with kitchen sanitation and there must be accountability of cleaning tasks so everyone knows what is required of them. We look forward to working with this new customer and get them on track for a clean, healthy kitchen. 

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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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Work Requests From Old Bridge, NJ
West Ave in Old Bridge
Saw a snake in the back yard. Need to kills all insects before moving to our new home. Bugs extermination needed before moving in.
GOLDMINE LANE in Old Bridge
Have a crazy ant problem. Hopefully not termites or carpenter ants
Appletree Lane in Old Bridge
I wanted to see how much you would charge and what types of chemicals or products you use for a 1 bedroom apartment. We have been using Orkin for years and they have become way too expensive for a small apartment. We have been having issues with spiders, possibly beetles, weaves and other bugs and I wanted to have someone come over and do a very thorough spraying and whatever else you hav to do to get rid of the problem. I would like to see what you charge and if you use pre friendly products. We had issues with weaves in the past and are gone now, but I'm worried we might have bed bugs and like I said, there are other bugs I have been noticing in our apartment. Please give me a call so we can discuss how you do business and what you would charge. Thanks for you're time.
BIRCH ST in Old Bridge
We have a groundhog under a shed on the property. He started digging a week ago. Need to have him removed and stop the return of any future groundhogs
Carter Dr in Old Bridge
Looking for quote for Cockroach and Termites. Never seen anything in 15 years until now.
Marlboro Rd in Old Bridge
Just bought the place may need termite treatment
Minstrel Court in Old Bridge
I have an animal in my house. I think it is in the attic. I don't know what it is but I think it may be a raccoon. Need to get it out.
Edward Ave. in Old Bridge
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
Cardinal Court in Old Bridge
Oakland Road in Old Bridge
Bat removal
Mabaline Road in Old Bridge
Carpenter bees outside of home and silverfish, small ants, and spiders inside some parts of home... Need removal and treatment
Jon Street in Old Bridge
3/4 acre property and two dogs. Ticks are all over.
West Ave in Old Bridge
Winged termites surfaced near home
Schindler Drive North in Old Bridge
Problems with ants
Gramercy Rd in Old Bridge
Bed bug infestation
Ventura Ct in Old Bridge
Flea infestation. We have no pets.
Eastgreystone Rd in Old Bridge
Hearing noise and movemeant in attic. Also lots of flies in house .
Tupelo Drive in Old Bridge
We would like a quote for bed bug removal from our apartment. Our landlord is using an exterminator that uses pesticides only, and it hasn't been effective. We live in a one bedroom apartment on the second level of a two floor apartment building that contains a total of eight units. We have our own entryway that leads to a staircase with a small landing outside our door. The living room and dining room are shared space, and leads to an open kitchen in one direction, and a small hallway to the bedroom and a separate bathroom. Infestation was first noticed in mid-July, and since then the exterminator has done two rounds of pesticides. We have a standard mattress cover on our queen sized mattress, as well as covers on our split queen box springs. We are technically scheduled for our third treatment tomorrow, but we are not sure if we will be going through with that.
Morsell Pl in Old Bridge
Hear movement (gnawing and burrowing) above the bedroom. Possibly in the attic?
Bertrand St in Old Bridge
Mosquitos