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Attic Insulation Installed after Wildlife Intrusion in Red Bank, NJ

Attic Insulation Installed after Wildlife Intrusion in Red Bank, NJ

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Attic Insulation Installed after Wildlife Intrusion in Red Bank, NJ Attic Insulation Installed after Wildlife Intrusion in Red Bank, NJ

Homeowners in Red Bank, NJ, had a raccoon gain entry in their attic through the ceiling fan. Unfortunately, ceiling fans are common entry points for agile wildlife like squirrels and raccoons. Even though attic fans have a mesh cover, the “manufacturer’s standard” is often a flimsy piece of mesh that is no match for these animals. Our wildlife team successfully trapped, removed, and safely relocated the trespassing raccoon, and also installed a tough galvanized steel mesh attic fan cover that would permanently block this attic entry point.

The homeowners immediately realized that there was a wildlife infestation in their attic and contacted us. Since the raccoon was only there for a couple of days at most, there was not  enough time to cause much property damage. Notwithstanding that there was negligible visible damage, the homeowners were concerned, and rightfully so, that there could still be unseen urine seepage or other hidden damage to their insulation. They did not want to take any chances. Wildlife waste contains disease-transmitting pathogens. When dried out or disturbed, waste particles can become airborne and travel on air currents throughout the home. For their own peace of mind, the homeowners felt this was an opportune time to improve the quality of their attic insulation. 

A Cowleys installation crew was dispatched to handle the insulation replacement. We first removed the potentially contaminated insulation and flooring. Once that material was cleared out, we sanitized and deodorized the entire attic to remove all traces and smells of a raccoon infestation. A thorough attic cleaning is essential to not only remove the dangerous waste, but also to remove the smells and remnants of the infestation. These scent markers often attract other raccoons and wildlife. 

Finally, after we replaced the flooring with new plywood, we “blew in” 12 inches of our TAP insulation. Cowleys is a licensed installer of TAP (Thermal, Acoustical, and Pest Control) Insulation. TAP offers superior thermal and acoustical (sound-deadening) properties as well as a pest control component. Its paper fibers are treated with a berate solution that is harmless to people (and wildlife), but lethal to many insects including ants, beetles, and termites. As you can see from the photos, after completion of this job, the attic looked brand new. There was at least one silver lining to this raccoon infestation: Now, with this top-quality insulation, these Red Bank homeowners will enjoy a more comfortable energy-efficient home with reduced heating and cooling bills.

Dangerous crawl space opening fixed with install of Turtl in Red Bank, NJ

Dangerous crawl space opening fixed with install of Turtl in Red Bank, NJ

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Dangerous crawl space opening fixed with install of Turtl in Red Bank, NJ Dangerous crawl space opening fixed with install of Turtl in Red Bank, NJ

The homeowner in Red Bank, NJ, contacted Cowleys because he was concerned about his crawl space access, which was wide open. Cowleys has a contractor division that specializes, among other things, in crawl space improvements. Vented crawl spaces are often a source of many homeowner issues.

These chronically humid below-grade spaces often develop mold, and their environment attracts insects, mice, and wildlife. This homeowner was motivated to fix this opening because he has young kids who play around the house, especially now that spring is here and temperatures have warmed up. He was justifiably  concerned that their curiosity may get the best of them and they could accidentally fall in the entry hole. A dangerous situation, to be sure. Candidly, upon arrival, when we first saw the opening, we were surprised that nuisance wildlife had not yet exploited this opening. There was a high likelihood, even if the homeowner was not aware of it, that overwintering mice had vacationed in the crawl space. 

We had the perfect solution for this particular type of crawl space access — The Turtl. It’s not what you think. We didn’t block the crawl space entry hole with a giant snapping turtle!  This particular “turtl” is the brand name of a solid PVC vinyl weatherproof crawl space door and entry system that eliminates the need for a crawl space door and access pit in one fell swoop. 

Crawl space entry doors made of wood or steel can weaken over time through rot or rust leading to unwanted water intrusions, mold, and insect an wildlife infestations. The Turtl crawl space entry, with its locking lid, provides a tough attractive entry system that protects your crawl space from the harsh outdoor elements and keeps out insects, wildlife, and even little kids looking for trouble! The Turl crawl space access attaches directly to the foundation so it can’t shift or move. Also, it is manufactured using a rotational molding process, as are many chemical and fuel tanks, so it is seamless and can’t split. As you can see from the before and after photos, the Turtl turned an unattractive and potentially dangerous crawl space hole into a safe, protective crawl space entry system.

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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 Red Bank 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.

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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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Case Studies From Red Bank
Mouse
Recently, a Middletown, NJ homeowner contacted Cowleys after finding mouse droppings in several areas of the basement. I was sent out immediately to...
Squirrels
I was sent to a residence in Red Bank, NJ, to deal with a squirrel infestation. As we all know, here in New Jersey, “in like a lion, out like a...
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Recently, I completed a Sentricon installation for a homeowner in Middletown, NJ. This homeowner did not have an active termite infestation. However,...
Job Stories From Red Bank, NJ
Mouse problem Red Bank, NJ food store.

Recently, during an inspection of the back storage room of a food store in Red Bank, NJ I found two dead mice in a “tin cat” mouse trap, a low profile baited trap that has the capacity, according to the manufacturer, of catching and containing up to 30 mice.  

I wanted to identify possible nearby entry points into the store. After further inspection, just three feet away, I saw that the back door had an opening not he bottom of at least 1/2 inch. This gap was more than enough for rat to gain entry let alone a tiny mouse. I showed the gap to the manager and informed him that he needed to door sweep on the bottom of the door to block rodents and other pests from gaining entry. from coming inside. Door sweeps also provide a weatherproof seal that prevents drafts from coming in under the door — a nice feature during these cold winter months! 

The manager asked me to purchase a door sweep for the store and install it for him. I was happy to do so, and I’ll return shortly. With any rodent infestation, it is critical to identify and seal and potential access points. Otherwise, there is always the risk of a re-infestation, especially when temperatures drop and mice are looking for warm shelter. 

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Carpenter Bee damage - Carpenter Bee Control, Treatment, & Removal in Red Bank, NJ

I was called out to a Red Bank residence. The homeowner had called Cowleys after seeing a "pile of wood shavings on the porch" that she correctly suspected was caused by insects. Sure enough, as I was walking up the porch stairs while inspecting the property, I observed a large pile of “sawdust” wood shavings under the railing. I immediately recognized this as carpenter bee frass, the tell-tail sign of carpenter bees. This material collects below any holes where the bees have been boring into the wood.

Carpenter bees are large bees that resemble bumble bees in both size and appearance. Upon closer inspection (which generally isn’t such a good idea!), carpenter bees have smooth shiny black abdomens while bumble bees are fuzzy all over. Also, carpenter bees are not social insects. Carpenter bees nest alone while bumble bees live in small colonies. For homeowners, the most important difference is that carpenter bees cause property damage. These wood-destroying insects bore holes into wood to construct their nests. Unlike termites, they do not actually eat the wood. Rather, the female carpenter bees hollow out holes approximately 1/2 inch in diameter and bore out tunnels, usually at a 90 degree angle to the entrance. Once the tunnels are excavated, nests are made with pollen to feed the developing larvae.

If the insect infestation is not stopped, these bees tend to reuse the same tunnels year after year, continuing to extend the damage into the wood. Over time, this tunneling weakens the wood not only because of the drilled holes, but also because of accompanying wood rot due to rainwater entering the entrance holes. The male carpenter bee, which is unable to sting, is most often noticed hovering around the entrance hole.

I treated the bee burrows on this Red Bank patio with an application that quickly resolved the infestation. After, I caulked the holes so they would not be reused. The homeowner was grateful that I was able to resolve her problem so quickly. Even though the female bees rarely sting, no one likes buzzing bees flying around. Also, it is important to resolve carpenter bee infestations to ward off wood damage because of their nesting behaviors.

Carpenter Bee damage - Carpenter Bee Control, Treatment, & Removal in Red Bank, NJ - Photo 1
Termite swarmers invade this Red Bank home

This formidable opponent is back!! This Red Bank home owner experienced natures clear warning that “You have termites in your house!!” Termite colony's swarm to expand their colonies into new colonies. Maybe you've experienced this before. Have you ever seen the classic Alfred Hitchcock film " the birds"?? Well a termite swarm can be a scaled down version of that. As they emerge from their swarm castle they find a mate to create more termites with, in doing so they discard their wings. And often times, homeowners will find discarded wings all over their foyer, or near a window. As these are not your "worker " termites. They are a clear indication that those little albino looking  buggers are certainly close, and more importantly; they are doing damage to your largest investment. 

When I arrived to the home, I found discarded wings and crawling swarmer termites all about the foyer. This particular homeowner already knew what may be happening to his largest investment. His Home!! While being moderately aware of the damage that is occurring, he was unaware of what his treatment options were. Or that he actually had, options. 

He was concerned about drilling his newly installed paver patio. He also didn't like the idea of gallons of pesticides be injected into the soil around his home. As this is an effective method, he was just a bit uncomfortable with that approach. 

This customer is the proud new owner of the Sentricon® baiting system by Dow agriscience.. Termites relentless search for food (wood) keeps going even after finding wood, and when the Sentricon® baiting system "always active" is found by the foraging termites. It's then ingested by the foraging termite and brought back to the colony. This is then fed to the rest of the termite colony by regurgitation. Delivering a lethal dose of the active ingredient to the colony.   

Henceforth this homeowner can relax knowing that his home will be termite free..

 

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Bed Bugs in Red Bank, NJ

Today I found several bed bugs nesting behind the outlet covers in a bedroom. Seems like an odd spot but once you learn about bed bugs habits you will realize why they make a great hiding spot. Bed bugs love to have pressure on their back and stomachs when resting. It makes them feel secure and safe.

Signs of bed bugs include black spots near where they nest. Here, we saw black spots the outlet covers. After I discovered the visual droppings, I unscrewed the outlet cover and found several live bugs nesting.

When treating around electricity you need to be extremely careful and cautious of electrical current. I vacuumed the outlet, then I applied a thin layer of dust around the box and sealed the cover back up.

Always be on the lookout for black specks and call a professional if you are concerned that you have bed bugs.

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Friendship Ct. in Red Bank
MICE
Cormorant Drive in Red Bank
Can you get rid of carpenter bees
Leighton Ave in Red Bank
Mice. foreclosed property. need them out to do contracting work
Ueland Road in Red Bank
I have a termite issue that has persisted, located in the front of my house. I would like to discuss termidor being injected into the soil at the problem location Thanks
Harding Rd in Red Bank
Mosquito control of backyard
Peters Pl in Red Bank
Squirrels living under soffit and need to GO!! Would like free estimate for removal please Diane
Mechanic Street in Red Bank
We have some boxelders, silverfish, house centipedes, carpenter ants, camelback crickets, ants, and mice. All depends on time of year. And generally looking for treatment inside and outside.
Bruce Rd in Red Bank
General pest control
Hamiltonian Drive in Red Bank
We have moles in the front and rear of the house and would like them gone!
Buchanan Blvd in Red Bank
I think I have a bird that has created a hole in the exterior (soffit or fascia???) of our home in the rear. I need it checked out and repaired as soon as possible. I also noticed in the front of our home there are several smaller round holes and I have no idea if it's an animal or just from age. I need expert advice and a solution quickly. Thanks!
Stephenville Blvd in Red Bank
Ants have been an issue from time to time. We currently have Terminix and are looking for more affordable options.
Walnut Ave in Red Bank
My house has lots of bugs! Spiders, crickets, gnats, ants, bugs that come out of the drains in the tub and sink and the most annoying of all are those bugs that look like crickets but aren't.....cave dwellers?? I think. Would like an estimate for the Green plan please.
Caro Court in Red Bank
Tics in yard.
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We are starting to see ants in the office.
Hendrickson Avenue in Red Bank
We believe we may have a cricket nest in finished basement and are unsure where they could be coming from
Ivy Hill Rd in Red Bank
Groundhog digging under deck near foundation and found some mice droppings in the basement.
Ivy Hill Rd in Red Bank
Found mouse droppings in my basement and a dead mouse in my garage. Just wondering if there is a potential problem that should be addressed.
Michael Drive in Red Bank
Ants/carpenter ants. had mice over the winter.
Greenlake Dr in Red Bank
Rutledge Drive in Red Bank
Removal of a yellow jackets nest