Yes, this sounds like an appetizing blog post, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, it’s about something that all of us in real estate redevelopment are guaranteed to run into, probably many times. In fact, I actually got a request for a post about dealing with mice, rats and their buddies, since I mentioned rodent issues in the post about the challenges of maintaining outdoor living rooms.
What We’ve Seen
I’ve had the interesting fortune of living near swamps or woods most of my life, so I have run into a lot of creatures. When I lived near a canal that led to the Everglades in south Florida, we had swamp rats. Well, “we” didn’t, but the woman next door, who it turned out was a genuine class A hoarder and had a rubber-tree jungle in her back yard had swamp rats. They would come out and pester our dachshund mix dog. These were huge and scary.
When I lived in Illinois I “only” had field mice, and mostly during the winter when the corn fields were barren. They were actually sort of cute, until one died under a large chest of drawers.
In Braesgate, my first Texas house, there were tree rats (or roof rats; I didn’t ask them which they were) that I’d think were kitties in the trees outside. But they weren’t. Those darlings got into our attic and kept scaring my children, well into their teens.