Pests can really be a problem when you are trying to sell a house. For some reason, people get turned off when they see roaches, ants, wasps, and their buddies. The worst is when you see evidence of rodents. I can still feel the churn in my stomach when I first entered the house my sister now lives in, where mice and rats had actually chewed a hole in the wall to get to food the previous occupants had left in there.
No one is immune, though. Our ranch house has been overrun with mice for the past few weeks. They even were getting into our cars, which made us worry about our wiring and such. Yow! We finally figured out why they showed up: the folks who lease our property for cattle had mowed the field next to our house for hay. To do that, they have to mow pretty close to the ground. Who lives close to the ground? Mice.
So, they had to go somewhere, and somewhere was our garage and house. Great.
So, do you have a rodent problem? If so, think carefully about what you’re going to do about them. If you have kids or pets, you have to be very careful with poison; in fact, I recommend against it. Physical traps are good, if placed out of the way of kids and pets, but better are the ones that just hold them inside so you can dispose of the darlings.
You also need to seal your house as best as you can (we have NO way to seal our garage, darn it).
I found three good articles on dealing with mice, one from the TipsBulletin blog that also explains WHY you want to get rid of them, one from a site about mouse eradication (with ads), and one from a pest service (Orkin). They each have their angles, but there’s good information there.
There will always be more rodents. The local predators have used them as their main food source for thousands of years. If they are preventing you from selling your house and you just don’t have the time or money to deal with it yourself, give us a call at 512-807-8777! We can get you out of there, and WE will have to deal with the mice!