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Squirrels In An Attic Are A Danger!

I have had squirrels in my attic before, and they were hard to get rid of.  A Havahart trap from the local farm supply center worked great, along with some apple and peanut butter bait, and they were finally removed.  I took them to the Manassas Battlefield Park and let them go right where Stonewall Jackson waited for the Union troops and earned his nickname.  They lived happily ever after!  And I still have the trap!

This is why squirrels in an attic are a danger!

The same thing was happening in this attic that happened in mine.

The squirrels took insulation and piled it up and into an igloo, inside of which they lived comfortably and warm.  Of course, a large, energy-inefficient gap is left where the insulation is missing!

Fortunately, there were no baby squirrels yet, which is less of a complication when trying to eradicate them.

But this is the real problem.  Attic squirrels have a tendency to chew on things!

One of the worst things to chew on would be the wiring.  While doing so might zap the squirrel beyond repair, it also might create a spark or heat that could cause a fire.

Yes, squirrels are known to cause fires in attics!

My recommendation:  if you hear squirrels above your head chewing on something, or scampering from one side of the attic to the other, do not delay in trying to get rid of them!  Feel free to send them to me and I will let them go at the battlefield.  All joking aside, attic squirrels are a problem you don't want to fester.

And scattering a few of these around the attic will keep them busy until you are able to purchase a trap!

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

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

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 93 commentsJay Markanich • May 13 2011 05:33AM

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I've had these critters hang out upstairs too.

Posted by Michelle Carr-Crowe Just Call 408-252-8900 Top 1%!, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty) almost 8 years ago

New day..new problem. I look forward to your posts, I learn something new everyday.  Thanks, Jay.

Posted by Anne M. Costello (Weidel Realtors) almost 8 years ago

When they get in Michelle, they are a problem too!  They don't run where you want them to, like to a door!

Anne - when I run into something I think others would enjoy, I post it!  Glad you enjoy them so much.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Hi Jay, thanks for the input on the trap.  A very careful survey of the exterior of a home is so important, a small opening is all they need.

Posted by Dan Edward Phillips, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA (Dan Edward Phillips, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA) almost 8 years ago

Fortunately no squirrels in our attic.  No easy way for them to get to the roof since all the adjacent trees are cut back far enough to prevent direct access.  Lots of them digging in the yard, and for some strange reason we've got a couple that like to lick our flagstone patio!

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) almost 8 years ago

Dan - here is the opening.  Not much needed to get in! 

Bliz - the stone must have some salt deposits in it.  Even without trees they can get in though!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Yes, sounds like they ccan be a big probrlem.  I will say, though, that they are resourceful in moving that insulation.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) almost 8 years ago

They had moved it in a couple of places in my attic Debbie, but in the one pictured here there was only one igloo!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

I have recommended throwing "Moth balls" in the attic. This worked on my mom and dad's home and on others as well. Simple but effective.

They don't like the smell and leave. Don't forget to close up their "point of entry".

Have a great day Jay.

Clint McKie

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) almost 8 years ago

That didn't work in mine Clint.  Neither did BB guns, loud music, sealing the hole, plastic snakes and a plastic owl!  I had to trap them!

Plus the moth ball smell infested the upstairs!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Sorry.  I can't focus on the electrical wiring.  I'm preoccupied with the thought of the smell of petrified and decayed squirrel from the attic.

 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Another problem Lenn that I have not experienced, but sure it can be one!  We did have a urine odor coming from ours, although no stains in the ceiling.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Thank you for the post. I did not realize that they can chew on electric wires.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) almost 8 years ago

Gita - and have for decades!  They will chew on anything, but soft and chewy seems to be the most attractive!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Squirrels and Raccoons in attics are not uncommon in our area.  And they both can cause damage.  Once you get rid of them, you have to properly seal up all points of entrance, or they will come back (or new critters will find refuge...)

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

A squirrel being "zapped beyond repair" should not make me laugh but it does.  I remember my mother telling me squirrel's got into her parent's house attic in Chicago and chewed on the wires.  Her doll house was stored in their attic and when it was passed onto us the wiring was all gone.  I grew up thinking squirrells loved eating electrical wires.  Later I thought perhaps the wiring was taken out by people to make it safer to play with rather than wire craving squirrels.

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) almost 8 years ago

Squirrels are cute but destructive.  I have heard so many stories of the damage caused by squirrels.  I have a friend who had a squirrel who kept tearing up her outdoor cushions to collect the inner batting for his/her nest. 

Posted by Kathryn Maguire, Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach (GreatNorfolkHomes.com (757) 560-0881) almost 8 years ago

Interesting information. I hear squirrels running on my roof all day. I have a flat roof so maybe the issue is not inside.

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) almost 8 years ago

Chris - raccoons around here often end up in the chimney.  That needs to be covered too!

Don't know Maureen, but chewing on live wires really will render a squirrel beyond repair!

They do that too Kathryn.  That's why the Havahart site mentions getting rid of a pesky one from the yard.

Don't discount their ability to get in Gary!  They are very inventive, and destructive!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Tree rats, aka squirrels, are a huge pain. I used to run a continuous 'relocation' program for them around my house.

 

Posted by Jim Lee, Portsmouth NH Realtor, Portsmouth, NH (RE/MAX Shoreline) almost 8 years ago

HA!  Wait until that urine is home to a village of bacteria that will infest any organic material the urine touches.

UGH!

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

I haven't had the misfortune of squirrels in the attic (yet).  But rats on the other hand are another issue that I've had to deal with.  Yuck!!

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) almost 8 years ago

What a mess!  I knew squirrels can be a problem, but not to this degree.  Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Michele Myers, Harrisburg/Hershey Realtor (Prudential Homesale Services Group) almost 8 years ago

I didn't realize they could start a fire, but as with Lenn, I'd be more worried about the dead animals!  (Had that in an old house of mine - something died somewhere and I couldn't find it - but wow did it smell).

I clicked on your link about the scattering "these" around the attic.  Ha.  I don't think so, but thanks for the suggestion!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) almost 8 years ago

Squirrels may look harmless, but don't let your eyes deceive you! Has anyone seen the Geico commercial? They cause car accidents too!

Posted by Aaron Seekford, Ranked Top 1% Nationwide 703-836-6116 (Arlington Realty, Inc.) almost 8 years ago

I used to like squirrels until I had them in an attic ! They also pee there too !!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist (KW Elite ) almost 8 years ago

Introducing snakes in the attic may solve the squirrel problem (actual situation I encountered in a short sale I listed).

Posted by Dave Halpern, Louisville Short Sale Expert (Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827) almost 8 years ago

Where the heck is Nutsy? I'd like to know if he thinks electrical wires are munchy good. The squirrels here prefer outdoor wires. They are really good at zapping the electricity from a few households at a time.

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA almost 8 years ago

Jay - another important post and the photo sure brings it home to anyone who doubts that this is a BAD thing!!!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 8 years ago

Jay,

Does this mean that we are at blogging war? You know you stepped over the line on this one.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) almost 8 years ago

Mr Jay,

I will has you know that I am paid to do certifried inspections in attics and crawl spaces. Please deletes this post or clarify that certifried squirrels are approved and welcomed attic inspectors. I bets I can get around any attic better than you can.

Nutsy S. Wallenda

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) almost 8 years ago

Jay, we have a back yard full of squirrels, but fortunately none have gotten into the attic. Have used the Havahart Trap several times in the past to catch raccoons though.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA almost 8 years ago

Jay, you make a good point, but in reality they really are just squirrels. 

What about alligators or lions? Seriously, if an alligator or lion were in my attic it would be far more problematic. 

Or a python. A burmese python would be way worse in the atttic than a little squirrel. 

-Joe. 

Posted by J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner (J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY) almost 8 years ago

Fascinating post Jay as usual thank you. I like squirrels, but I am reminded that they come from the rodent family which knocks a little of the cuteness off. Secondly, should one mistake a wire for a juicy snack, the smell of a decaying anything makes itself known and can linger for weeks. Around where I live, there is a cat that just wont share his territory with anyone and hunts anything that isn't careful...Only the smart squirrels survive around here which ups the food chain ante considerably

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) almost 8 years ago

What a timely timely post!  Thank you so much for all you share and give to us to forward to our clients.

Posted by Barb Van Stensel almost 8 years ago

Jay, squirrels in the attic=no bueno.

We had a customer recently that had a squirrel get in to their "attic" space between them and the condo above.  The squirrel chewed on a water supply line, and BAM!  Massive water damage to the ceiling.  She was very lucky that it was only that!

And it came in through a broken dryer vent cover.  It was very warm and cozy in that line, and lots of nice soft lint to make a nest out of!

Posted by Jeremy Wrenn, C.O.O., Winslow Homes (Winslow Homes) almost 8 years ago

Thanks for this, I had never heard of A Havahart trap before.  Good point about the wiring too.

Posted by Adam Mallory, Broker, ABR, e-Pro (eBroker Real Estate 619-566-ADAM) almost 8 years ago

Jay - We have been in houses that have squirrels in the walls coming down from the attic.. A very scary thing to hear and dangerous.... Inspections are a good thing...

Posted by Robert and Lisa Hammerstein -201-315-8618, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Keller Williams Valley Realty) almost 8 years ago

Jay, when I saw your blog title with the word squirrels, I had to click on it.  We have problems with squirrels digging in our yard and outside potted plants and don't know of a good way to prevent them from destroying all the work my husband does in the yard.  It sounds like they can do damage to your wiring now-- what a pest!  Just wondering, can rats do the same type of damage or do they not chew on wiring?

Posted by Trang Beuschlein, Campbell CA Real Estate - Campbell CA Homes for Sa (Homes for Sale in Campbell CA- Broker-BKR Realty) almost 8 years ago

Jay:

ugh!  I need to check my attic.   Now thanks to J. Phillip, I need to check for pythons too.  Help.

Posted by Evelyn Kennedy, Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA (Alain Pinel Realtors) almost 8 years ago

I have had squirrels and raccoons in the attic. Nasty business getting these suckers out.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) almost 8 years ago

A small harmless animal in the attic can cause big problem if not taken care of. Thanks for the heads up. We only have armadilo problems in our yard and they are one tough cookie to take care of.

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) almost 8 years ago

As an animal lover, I salute you for humane trapping and releasing! Here in So. Cal., we have possums, racoons, squirrels, and unfortunately, rats.

Posted by Judy Graff (Aaroe + Williamson) almost 8 years ago

I've had bats in my belfry, but as yet no squirrels in my attic.  Animals will chew on anything and for some reason they all seem to like wiring, go figure.

Posted by Jack Gilleland (Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton) almost 8 years ago

Jay,

Here in Katy Texas we are more likely to get roof rats in the attic but the same danger exists as squirrels. Good post and avdice. Thanks.

 

Bob G

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) almost 8 years ago

I think squirrels do more physical damage in attics than rats do.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) almost 8 years ago

And it is obvious to me that, out of jealousy for Nutsy, Charlie is talking through his hat again. Charlie is so jealous of my assistant's accomplishments.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) almost 8 years ago

Jim - you sound like a proactive fellow!  Go for it!

Lenn - for sure!  A colony here, a colony there and before you know it a new species!  Clorox resistant...  We hated those little buggers up there!

Gabe - I have never experienced rats up there, but I have heard some stories!

Michele - and I have no idea how long they had been up there!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Kathleen - finding dead things can often be frustrating!  And you didn't call now for your own Chews...?!  I'd call now.

Aaron - and I understand that what they do is premeditated! 

Michael - they do it all, and it is ALL damaging!

Dave - might work!  Then there are those unintended consequences thing...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Cynthia - he will no doubt be along, and offended.  They munch on anything though!

Thanks Barbara-Jo - photos sometimes say it all!

Steve - hadn't considered it!  Should I call Eaglet?

Nutsy - I suppose so, but only if they are wearing Charlie's logo on their jumpsuits.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Michael - raccoons are nasty no matter what you do!  Be extremely careful!

Joe - you make some really valid points.  And it would probably not surprise you to know that I say things like that to clients DURING home inspections!

Richie - I expect that a cat in an attic would go a long way toward controlling any rodentia up there!  Probably too would a sprinkle of wolf pee here and there.  They have that at the garden center here and guarantee it!

Barb - thanks again, and I am very glad to accommodate your clients!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Jeremy - they are very inventive when it comes to finding places to live.  And once moved in they take over!

Adam - those traps have been around for a long time.  And they're cheap!

Lisa and Robert - if they get into the house they are really hard to get rid of!

Trang - at the garden center here they have wolf pee, which can be spread around the yard and wards off squirrels!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

 Jay,

Good article. I like you have had my share of issue with these Little buggers (Nutsy take your cousins home!).

My issues is I am not in my buildings all the time and they have way too much time on their paws. 

 I had just wrote a little something about these also. We have pine squirrels that cause the damage.

http://actvra.in/9LG

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Evelyn - I think the python investigation should precede the squirrel one!  Well, if there are pythons, of course, there are no squirrels!

Tammie - I hear you!  Been there and I have a T-shirt!

Loreena - I thought they were a problem there!  I understand it might be that armadillos carry leprosy.  Is that true?

Judy - there's no point in harming them.  And they have a good life in that park.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Jack - I understand they can sense or hear a hum in the wiring.  So hey!  Go for it!

Bob G - I imagine those are difficult to eradicate, and they probably make more rats more quickly than squirrels make more squirrels.

Don't know Charlie, but I imagine they end up with a larger population!

Hat?  Where's the hat Steve?  And how do you talk through one?  I can throw one.  And if I throw it up, oh, sorry, double entendre.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Don - I have never heard of pine squirrels until I read your post!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Several years ago, I had a client with Racoons in his attic. They had nested, and had a litter inside his inaccessable attic! We were afraid to trap the parents and leave the litter to die. What a mess! More good reason to have good eaves and facia. 

Posted by Mike Roberson (Pioneer Consulting) almost 8 years ago

They are all 'damm' squirrels to me. They foul their own nests. You don't want them in any part of your home.

Posted by Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection (Aspect Inspection) almost 8 years ago

I almost had a sale fall through due to squirrels in the attic.  We finally got them out and found the opening, so we could repair it.  The buyer was terrified of squirrels and just would not believe that we could really and truly get rid of them.  I knew we could as I had done so at my previous home, but learned that you really do have to trap them and release them very far away or they will come back (our must have had a GPS).

Posted by Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT (William Raveis Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Jay,

If you will post a comment, suggesting that this information does not apply to qualified certifried home inspectors, who happen to be of the squirrel persuasion, then we will consider abandoning the lawsuit. Please post ASAP.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) almost 8 years ago

Yikes Mike!  If the attic was inaccessible, how could they be trapped?  Raccoons are nasty no matter where they are.  The Animal Control people don't like dealing with them.

There are those on this site, Robert, who appear to like them in a BBQ.

They have a homing sense Gail.  Or great smell.  Or can read the stars.  I took ours about 10 miles away and on the other side of an interstate!

Steve - everyone knows that any inspector certifried and wearing a Buell logo is excepted from this post.  But not when they look like this...  It's a good thing Eaglet never saw this.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

I've encountered many different kinds of wildlife in the attic, from small to big.  The worst is without a doubt, the racoon.  Once a vacant mountain property I inspected had a family of racoons living in the attic for the better part of a year.  Eventually, the ceiling gave way from all the various debris they brought into the home. When I entered the house, I couldn't believe what I was seeing.  It was even worse when I got into the attic.

Posted by William (Bill) Zoller (U.S. Inspect, LLC) almost 8 years ago

squirrels in the attic that is nuts.  nuts i tell you

Posted by Mike Henderson, HUD Home Hub - 303-949-5848 (Your complete source for buying HUD homes) almost 8 years ago

Large rats cause all the same problems as the squirrels.  I speak from personal experience. 

Posted by Beverly Femia, Broker Realtor Stager - Greater Wilmington, NC Are (BlueCoast Realty Corporation) almost 8 years ago

"Squirrels In An Attic Are A Danger!"

Heck yeah!  Essentially, those cute cuddly squirrels are simply glorified rats!

Posted by Joe Lane Richland, WA Realtor, 509.438.9344 www.LaneRealEstateTeam.com (Kennewick Richland (and West) Pasco WA Homes For Sale) almost 8 years ago

Pack rats got in my Mom's attic one time - and what a mess! It was a good excuse to get rid of things she'd saved - like the hats I wore when I was a little kid. But what they didn't chew up they urinated on. Ugh!

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) almost 8 years ago

I caught one yesterday in my dad's attic.  When I went to take him outside you should have seen this squeaking and hissing.  Fur standing up on end... whew.  It cures any misconceptions that squirrels are cute and cuddly.  He looked downright mean.  I was more than happy to let him loose once we got far enough away.

Posted by Adam Wiener (Redfin) almost 8 years ago

When I was a little boy my Great Grandmother got Squirrels in her attic and they put her in a home, but I think you are talking about something else.  :)  Bad joke but I will reblog this.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

So many things can sneak into attics and I haven't heard of squirrels before...thanks for the info.  I guess it's important to frequently inspect the attic to make sure they aren't there!

Posted by Patricia Beck, Colorado Springs Realty (RE/MAX Properties, Inc., GRI, CDPE) almost 8 years ago

Since I feed the squirrels DAILY, i've often wondered where they lived!  I have an attic.  The 2 attic doors are located about 10 feet above where my couch resides.  I've lived in my house since 1994 and HAVE NEVER OPENED THE DOORS (I don't have a tall enough ladder, nor do I CARE what is up there!)!  But after reading your blog, Jay.... I'm going to need to investigate that attic!  I've never heard squirrels running across the ceilings of my other rooms, but they might tiptoe as not to alert their MEAL ticket, aka:me! LOL!

PS I also feed the birds, ducks, geese and take food to the homeless! I need to get a second job to support my furry ,feathered and down-on-their-luck friends!

Posted by Kathy Opatka, Serving Ocean City, MD, & The Delaware Beaches (RE/MAX CROSSROADS) almost 8 years ago

I was in an attic last month that was severely damaged by squirrels. The odd thing was I found a tiny Buell inspections shirt. Very strange.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) almost 8 years ago

So crazy!  We live in the city and mice and rats would not be a surprise, but squirrels?!  Wow.

Posted by Kate Akerly, Manhattan Beach Residential Sales (Kaminsky Group) almost 8 years ago

You know a lot of folks laugh at the idea of squirrels in the attic, but they can be very destructive as you've indicated.  Congrats on the Feature.  Now, about those bats in the belfry . . .

Posted by Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches (BlueCoast Realty Corporation) almost 8 years ago

Wow, Bill, that is huge.  Raccoons are very territorial and NASTY!  Also, they are 100% nocturnal, so if they are fooling around during the day they have rabies.  A vet told me that, and to avoid them on home inspections if I see them during the day.

Well, Mike, if you think so.  This is for you

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When you feel like a snack, eat Lotsa Nuts!
Cause you are what you eat.

Beverly - that gets a big yuck!

So I am told Joe, but there is a certain home inspector on AR who would disagree with that!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Gee, Marte, that gets the same YUCK that Beverly got up there!

I hope it was way far Adam.  They have GPS and homing noses.

Thanks Gene, that is if you don't mean to reblog that story about your grandma.

Oh yes Patricia!  I run into them all the time, or at least their comfy insulation nests.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Kathy - if you don't hear them running around they probably aren't there.  Once I jumped down into a crawl space and turned on my flashlight right into the face of a homeless guy living there!  He screamed, I screamed and I think we both lost about 2 months of our lives.  Don't feed them in your house...

No so Jim.  I am told by a certain somebody that this post should not apply to certifried inspectors, which I defined as wearing a Buell jumpsuit.

Akerly - they will live anywhere they can get in!  Don't be surprised if you ever see them.  They know more about the outside of your house than you do.

I hear them too Tish.  They interrupt the voices from time to time.

Oh, you were talking about a house?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Jay, I'm very happy to report that I do not have squirrels in my attic, but I have been told I have bats in the belfry. Does that count????

Posted by Ray Waisler, NMLS #6621 - Specializing in Jumbo FHA & VA (Finance of America) almost 8 years ago

Folks...I have had squirrels in our attic.  I, too, used to think they were really cute and fun to watch.  Since my attic experience, I have determined that a squirrel is NOTHING but a bushy-tailed RAT.  They are extremely destructive.  I did see where they were chewing on the wires.  And they do produce a bio-hazard...(they don't go outside for restroom breaks).

Posted by Vance Winslow (RE/MAX First) almost 8 years ago

Mr Jay,

You are excused, but please deletes that big loudmoth Mr Quarello, above. He knows not of which he speak-ith. I appreciates your pardon.

Nutsy, certifried

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) almost 8 years ago

How.  I had a mouse in the attic, I don't think ever a squirrel.  Amazing how such small animals can do so much damage.

Posted by Jennifer Manchester, GRI, ePRO, ASP - Broker/Home Stager (Suburban Properties of Charlotte, LLC ) almost 8 years ago

A little preventative work form your exterminator.. in otherwords poison, can work wonders!

Posted by Donald Reich (Prudential Centennial) almost 8 years ago

It does count Ray.  You should work to get rid of them too!

Vance - rodentia is rodentia, bushy tailed or not.  And yes, very destructive.

Forgive him Nutsy, for he knows not what he says.  You've heard that before, right?  Or something similar.

Jennifer - mice are dangerous because they make so many more mice so quickly!  And they will find ways from there into the house!

Donald - poison works!  But hopefully the victim doesn't die right over your bed...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Have not had squirrels in the attic.  But skunks in the crawl space.  Both are a nuisance that are not easily convinced to leave.

Posted by Robert Courtney, Century 21 All Islands, RA, CDPE, MCRE, CIAS almost 8 years ago

Wow, Robert, I don't know which would be worse, but I know which would be worse to walk up to unawares!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Mr Jay,

You are forgiven but you must realize that this was a very hateful and mean-spirited post that was not done in the context of civility and statesmanlike discourse. Some of us rodents have big plans for our futures. And this kind of post simply sets us back.

Nutsy

 

 

 

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) almost 8 years ago

Hateful?  Nutsy, that is like my telling everybody that I am a practicing home sapien and my wife is a well-known thesbian.  It's true, all true!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Tree Rats! Hate 'em. They even chewed through some aluminum flashing over one of my bay window. Our community's naturalist security agent said they've become a problem because we've slowly eradicated their predators - snakes, birds of prey, etc. They also like to dig up the garden and ornamentals.

However, we also have fox squirrels in our area. I do like them!

Posted by Phil Porter (Charter One Realty) almost 8 years ago

Neighbor has problem caused by squirrels climbing tree/shrub and then using electrical wire to walk over to roof.  Told them about problem, but looks like house may go to foreclosure - so will be bank's problem.  Just so they don't come over my way.

Posted by Steven Cook (No Longer Processing Mortgages.) almost 8 years ago

I don't know what a fox squirrel is Phil, but glad you like them!

Steven - sounds like you don't want them!  They don't need a wire to come to your house!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Jay:  excellent information; I've had them in my attic (years ago) and didn't know they could or WOULD chew on wires - great warning, thanks.

Posted by Ellen Wright Adams, LoansByEllen- Licensed in Oregon (Academy Mortgage.......We are a Equal Housing Lender) almost 8 years ago

Thanks Ellen.  They will chew on anything they can!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Good call.  My grandpa used to catch squirrels using the same Havahart trap. spray paint their tails orange, then release them on the other side of Minneapolis.  I'm not sure what his motivation was... but he was retired, and I guess he had the time.

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) almost 8 years ago

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the orange tail idea Grandpa!  Kind of like tagging a shark or a whale to see their territory and where they end up!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

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