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This Is A Mouse Highway Into Your House

This is a mouse highway into your house.

What is?  A door?  Trees overhanging the house and a roof vent?  A hole beside a window?

It's where the AC lines attach to the house!

Typically these lines are near to the ground, or easily accessed by climbing mice from the unit.

They merely follow the trail into the house.

If they are allowed, that is!

How are they allowed?

When the putty, or whatever sealer, dries up and falls away.  Look at the size of that opening!  It is a magical, always-open door!  They can come and go at will.

A mouse needs only a 1/4" gap or hole to get into a house!  That is not much space!  Once a group of mice find such an opening in a house they move in.

And once inside they will create bedrooms, find sources of food and water, and grow in numbers.

AND THEY WILL GROW IN NUMBERS!

My recommendation:  look around the house for any sources that will allow critters to get in.  This is basic home maintenance.  Even the smallest holes should not be overlooked.  A mouse might find a small hole and work to enlarge it.  And again, once inside, they will move in the entire extended family, and create more.

 

 

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 12 commentsJay Markanich • March 22 2017 10:55AM

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Excellent reminder and I have checking the mouse route from my a/c line today, Jay!  What do you recommend to seal around it?

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) over 1 year ago

Check away, Ginny!  Sta Put plumber's putty works for most anything and sticks well without shrinking.  You can find it at the hardware store or on line.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 1 year ago

This is a good reminder to check around the house now that the weather is warming up and fill any gaps or "highways" that exist.

Posted by Nathan Gesner, Broker / Property Manager (American West Realty and Management) over 1 year ago

It is a good time, Nathan.  And mice may be more likely to want in when the weather starts getting cold!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 1 year ago

Good morning Jay. Easy entrance and hard to evict! Pay attention! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) over 1 year ago

Similar to the Hotel California, Wayne, they can check themselves out but they will never leave.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 1 year ago

Good morning Jay. This is scary but certainly true. A good thing to do at any season.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 1 year ago

Sheila - any season is true.  And bats only need 1/4" to get in!  Is that scarier?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 1 year ago

And when they have a metal cover over them it's like an out of sight kinda thing. I think bats need 3/8"... or is it 5/16? Either way, seal em up!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 1 year ago

My battle every year is with bats.  I'm 5 years in to this battle and thank god I am winning.  Each year I seal up another access point and there are less and less of those little buggers.

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) over 1 year ago

Jay- this is a good reminder for every home dweller to make periodic checks around their home. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 1 year ago

Fred - small bats maybe less!  I'd put in a small door.  Easier.

Put bat houses elsewhere Stephen, and maybe encourage them there?

Most of my posts are about making regular visits around the house, Kathy!  I think I could wear people out.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 1 year ago

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