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Squirrel Alert!!

Every now and then I run into squirrels in an attic.  Sometimes I have advance warning that they might be there.  This is what advance warning might look like, at least it did today:

This cute couple had made a fine home in the attic by pushing insulation into a little igloo.  They were pretty safe.  The house has been empty for some time.  They could come and go at will through the hole you see here.  They had done a lot of damage to the wood inside and outside the attic.  They can also do damage to wiring, although I did not see any.

The whole time I thought,

"THIS IS JUST NUTS...!"

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

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Comment balloon 13 commentsJay Markanich • January 14 2010 06:27PM

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Excuse the pun.  Nice post.  We all have to look for new tenants when houses are left vacant.

Posted by Diane Osowiecki, Greater Nashville Real Estate (Diane O and Friends - Benchmark Realty) over 9 years ago

Jay, I have to say inspite of all the grief I give a certain certifried squirrel----bushy tailed rats do more physical damage to houses than the their hairless-tailed cousins.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

They should at least pay some rent, huh Diane?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

We had them in our attic a bunch of years ago, and they were real, real hard to get rid of Charlie!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Jay, kind of like the one that has infested activerain:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Can just one be an infestation?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

That's a bit bigger than the one I saw peeking out today, but you got the idea!!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Jay I do enjoy your posts, keep up the good work and continue to help us know what to look for.

Posted by Mandy Buchholz (Benchmark Realty, LLC) over 9 years ago

I love Nutsy.

Posted by Jim Allhiser, Salem, Oregon Home Inspector (Perfection Inspection, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Thanks Mandy.  Believe it or not we have a bad squirrel problem around here!

Jim - it's funny.  I post a well-researched, educational blog on what happens when stone foundations aren't taken care of, when another on problems that can be created elsewhere, and it turns out that my squirrel post is the most popular of the three!  What do you do?

I understand that right now Nutsy is avoiding the water.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Nutsy has been doing his best to avoid the barbecue. Squirrels are cute, but they are rats with bushy tails.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 9 years ago

Appears that way, doesn't it James?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

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