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Squirrels Chew into Seaside Park, NJ Attic

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A homeowner in Seaside Park, NJ, contacted Cowleys after hearing strange “thumping and scratching” wildlife noises coming from the attic. Something was up there, but she wasn’t interested in investigating to find out what type of wildlife had taken up residence in her attic. Common “attic invaders” that we deal with are squirrels, raccoons, bats, and birds. Here, it turned out that the culprits infesting the attic were squirrels. 

Upon arrival, for the start of my inspection, I want to determine how the animals are gaining access into the attic in the first place. Unless it is a flying animal, the animal must first find a way to gain access to the roof (usually, it’s an overhanging tree branch or utility wires coming into the roofline area) and then, once on the roof, they look for some weakness in the roof structure to exploit. Often, with large wildlife, it’s not a mystery. There is an obvious entry hole in the roof or around the roofline. Here, however, at first glance, I did not see any visible damage indicating where the wildlife was finding its way inside. Upon closer inspection, I found the answer. All four of the plastic static roof vents had large holes chewed through them. Squirrels are in the rodent family and they have razor-sharp teeth that can eat through many types of building materials.

As you can see from the photo, the hole was underneath the plastic cap so it was not causing any water leakage. Nevertheless, the hole was more than enough for squirrels to gain easy access to this homeowner’s attic. Unfortunately, manufacturers do not usually design vents to be pest-proof. Contractors are looking to save money on their projects and price considerations affect the quality of “manufacturer’s standard” building materials. 

To resolve this problem, I covered three of the four roof vents with a tough galvanized steel mesh cover that fits over the entire vent. This cover is strong and durable enough to stop any wildlife from even thinking about using the vent to gain access to the attic. Why didn’t I cover all four vents? I wanted to allow any squirrels hiding in the attic a route to leave. With three of the four access points closed, the squirrels had no choice but to exit through the remaining opening. On this fourth vent, I installed a makeshift temporary cover attached to a one-way door. The door allows animals to leave, but it’s a one-way trip. They are unable to regain access into the attic. Once any animals are trapped and relocated and we are certain that there is no more wildlife activity inside the house, the fourth and final vent cover will be installed. And this wildlife job is complete — all wildlife is safely and humanely removed from the home and all entry points are sealed to prevent a re-infestation.

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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 Seaside Park 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 Seaside Park, 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 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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  • Bedbug Extermination
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  • Rodent Control
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  • Tick Control Services
  • Pest, Bird and Animal Control Services 
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A residential customer of Cowleys in Seaside Park contacted us about a continuing problem from last year — raccoons in her attic. Raccoons,...
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Bed bugs found and removed from Seaside Park apartment

A tenant in an apartment complex in Seaside Park were waking up with bug bites for the past five months. Finally, he decided to contact the property manager. Unfortunately, these delays are more common than you would think. Often, mysterious bites are the earliest sign of a bed bug infestation. If you wake up int he morning with unexplained bites, and you can’t attribute the bites to anything else, it is critical that bed bugs be ruled out as the cause. This is especially true if you have recently traveled or you live in a high-density building like an apartment or college dormitory where infestations can easily spread from unit to unit. 

Upon arrival, I performed a full bed bug inspection throughout the unit to determine the extent of the infestation. Bed bug populations grow rapidly. Because of the extensive delay, by the time that I had arrived, I knew that the infestation would be bad. I just needed to find out how bad. 

These pictures reflect some of what I observed during my initial inspection. It wasn’t pretty! On the bed frames, there were fecal stains, one of the more visible signs of bug activity. Bed bugs are external parasites that feed exclusively on the blood of their hosts. As a result of their diet, their excrement appears as small dark dots that resembles black pepper flakes. Because they live exclusively on blood, their fecal stains bleed onto fabric just like a marker would.

First, I vacuumed up the live bugs. While you can’t get every single of them, it’s an effective way to start treatment. I thoroughly vacuumed the bedding, all furniture, and along the baseboards. Once this was completed, I was ready to commence a full treatment with appropriate applications. This was a particularly heavy infestation, and will require at least one follow-up visit. The infestation will be considered resolved when the tenant has no more bites, and further inspections show that there are no more bed bugs or evidence of bed bug activity.

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