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Tight Attic Needs Insulation in Tennent, NJ

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For the Cowleys installation crew, this particular insulation job for a homeowner in Tennent, NJ was one of our more was interesting and challenging assignments. This homeowner wanted to improve the level of his home’s insulation in order to make his home more energy-efficient and reduce his heating and cooling bills. He contacted Cowleys in order to install a layer of our blown-in environmentally friendly TruSoft cellulose insulation on top of his existing insulation. Our insulation not only has excellent thermal and acoustical properties but also has pest control properties because its fibers are treated with borates. Borates, while no more toxic than ordinary table salt, are deadly to insects. 

What made this job so particularly challenging? This attic was not your everyday attic. First, as far as its dimensions, this attic resembled a crawl space. You could not stand in it, and even hunching over was a challenge. The only way to maneuver your way, once inside, was crawling on your hands and knees, and even that was a challenge. Second, we were faced with a logistics issue: how could we even reach the attic. There was no attic access whatsoever from inside the home — no pull-down attic ladder, absolutely nothing. 

At Cowleys, we sometimes come across jobs that require out-of-the-box thinking, and our philosophy is that where there’s a will, there’s a way. We initially thought about making our own access by cutting out our pieces of the ceiling, and then patch up the holes afterwards. However, we were concerned about the collateral repair work and the added cost to the homeowner.

For this, we added about 10 inches of TruSoft blown-in cellulose insulation. Why blown-in cellulose insulation? With a higher R-value than standard fiberglass batts, cellulose insulation instantly improves home energy performance, provides more durability so it won't compress, become damaged by pests, and creates an incredible resistance to mold and pests. 

Not to mention cellulose insulation is treated with non-toxic borate, giving it the highest Class-1 fire safety rating, and is made primarily from recycled newspaper, making it the perfect choice for environmentally conscious property owners. By increasing the efficiency of the home’s HVAC system, the homeowners will see noticeable reductions in their heating and cooling bills. 

The homeowner was pleased that he could have the installation installed without causing any damage to the interior to his home. This was a satisfying job for the Cowleys installation crew, and is definitely one that we’ll remember!

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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 Tennent 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 Tennent, 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 Tennent:

  • Bedbug Extermination
  • Flea Control
  • Termite Control
  • Pest Control
  • Exterminators
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  • Ant, Beetle, Spider, Insect Control
  • Tick Control Services
  • Pest, Bird and Animal Control Services 
  • Attic Insulation Services
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  • Crawl Space Encapsulation
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Bed bugs control in Tennent, NJ home

Despite their name, bed bugs aren’t always found in beds. Bed bugs are a type of external parasite that live exclusively off blood. Because these bugs have a strong preference for human blood, they have always been a problem for us. Bed bugs come out of hiding for their blood meal while we are still, either at rest or fast asleep. This way, they can take their sweet time finding a good place to draw blood and feed. Although bed bugs commonly infest bedrooms in and around the bedding, they can also spread elsewhere throughout a home.

Recently, a two-person team of bed bug specialists was sent to an apartment unit in Tennent, NJ to deal with a possible infestation. Apartment buildings and other high density living arrangements are more prone to bed bug infestations, but that’s not to say that these pests can’t find their way into homes as well. Bed bugs are unknowingly carried into residences. They don’t get there on their own. They latch onto people or their belongings and enter as stowaways. 

Bed bugs, when not feeding, are masters of stealth. They look for the smallest gaps, cracks, and crevices or underneath furniture to hide when not feeding. It is rare to find a bed bug out in the open in plain view. Because of their behavior, an inspection to find their harborage areas must be thorough and systematic. During the inspection we found bed bugs hiding in the couch, nesting in its tight cracks and crevices. Fortunately, the bed bugs were limited to this one piece of furniture.

We started by vacuuming the couch, being careful to not accidentally flick off and bugs or their eggs. We then treated the couch as well as the surrounding baseboards. We also noticed an electrical outlet on the wall behind the couch. These bugs will sometimes crawl into the plug holes and hide behind the outlet place! Whenever we see outlets near an infestations, we always remove the outlet cover to inspect for possible bed bugs. Here, there happened to not be any. However, out of an abundance of caution, we treated the outlet area in the wall with a dust that will kill any bugs that come into contact with it. 

Fortunately, this was a limited bed bug infestation that was caught and treated early before it had a chance to spread We scheduled a two-week follow-up to re-inspect and apply additional treatments as necessary.

 

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Ants find easy way into Tennent home

Recently, I was called to service a home in Tennent, NJ to resolve an ant infestation. During my exterior inspection, I found exactly what I was looking for — an ant trail on the foundation. Ants use highly visible scent-marked trails in search of food and water. These ants were traveling from the foundation war under the siding to find their way into the home.

I started my treatment by setting a residual application to the foundation, under the siding, and around the doors and windows. We use residual applications so the ants carry the product back to the colony. Ants are social insects that can only survive in colonies, living like one giant organism. To get rid of an ant infestation you must kill the colony and the queens, not the isolated foraging ants. Foraging ants are expendable. There are always hundreds, if not thousands, more where they came from. Next, I applied a residual pyrethrin dust behind the siding and into the open pipelines and cable/power lines going into the home. Finally, I completed the exterior servicing by spreading a granular ant bait around perimeter of the home. 

The customer was pleased with the thoroughness of my treatment. I’m confident that, once the foraging ants come into contact with these applications and spread them to the colony, the remaining days of the queens and everyone else in the colony are numbered. Finally, before leaving, I set up a two-week follow-up where I’ll reinspect and assess the effectiveness of the treatment. If necessary, I’ll re-treat certain areas to make sure that this ant infestation is permanently resolved.

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