Landlord Of Rat-Infested Texas Home Says That Tenants Are Responsible For Eradicating The Animals

Whenever there is an infestation situation in rented homes, there will inevitably be problems between the landlord and tenant in regards to who is responsible for eradicating the pests. No one wants to deal with ridding a home of a pest infestation and the cost that comes along with it. One family in Houston, Texas had to deal with this very problem when they discovered that the house they were renting was infested with so many rats that it wasn’t safe for them to live in it.

Chantel Edmonson and her family were perfectly happy with their new home they had rented in northwest Harris County until they discovered the hundreds of rats also living there. They moved into the house on Fernstone Lane in May, but didn’t learn about the rats until they spoke to a former tenant that had also had problems with rats in June. The house was full to bursting with their little rodent houseguests. They see rats crawling around the house everyday, leaving feces all over the counter, and frightening the children with all of the racket they made in the back portion of the house. The family sent videos of rats scurrying around the house to a local news channel, and even found a rat stuck in the space between the dishwasher and the cabinets, which had to eventually be removed by an exterminator. Dozens, if not hundreds of rats were living in the walls and attic. The children were literally frightened to live in their own home because of the massive infestation.

Generally, a tenant is supposed to contact their landlord to deal with this kind of situation, but that proved to be little help in this situation. The family’s landlord, one Henri Olivier, refused to take care of the problem when confronted by them. He insisted that the rental agreement the family signed stipulates that the tenant is the one responsible for exterminating any pest infestations, not the landlord. As you can imagine, this led to some serious issues between the family and their landlord. Although, as the rats seem to have been infesting the house even before the family moved in, it seems to me like this landlord has some explaining to do. The moral of this story? Always read your rental agreement thoroughly, and make sure you know what you’re getting into before you agree to move into any house or apartment.

Have you ever had a pest infestation in a home you were renting and had issues with your landlord over who is responsible for getting rid of said pests?

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Keep Pests Outdoors Where They Belong This Winter

As temperatures across the country drop and the holiday season approaches, iPest Solutions reminds homeowners to take steps to prevent pests from dropping by uninvited. Rodents and cockroaches, the most common winter pests, love nothing more than to spend the chilly winter inside a cozy home, bringing with them health and property threats.

Most people associate cooler weather with relief from flying pests such as mosquitoes and wasps, but the winter brings on a different set of pest problems that are just as serious, rats are most likely to cause problems in Waco this time of year, so it’s important for homeowners to prevent these pests from entering their homes.

Aside from being nuisances, rodents and cockroaches are vectors of a wide array of diseases and can exacerbate asthma and allergy symptoms – effects only worsened by the increased time spent indoors during the winter. Rodents can also chew through drywall, insulation, wood and electrical wiring, increasing the potential risk for fires.

iPest Solutions offers the following tips for keeping homes pest-free this winter:

  • Seal cracks and holes on the outside of your home to help prevent pests from getting inside. Be sure to check the areas where utilities and pipes enter the home. A mouse can fit through a hole the size of a dime.
  • Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet from the home. Pests often take up residence in wood piles and can easily gain access to your home if the pile is nearby.
  • Rodents can hide in clutter, so keep storage areas well organized, and store boxes off of the floor.
  • Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains. Extra attention should be paid to kitchens and bathrooms as these areas are particularly vulnerable to cockroach infestations.
  • Install door sweeps and repair damaged screens in windows.
  • Screen vents to chimneys. Keep attics, basements and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.

We encourage homeowners to remain vigilant throughout the winter for any signs of pest infestations and to regularly inspect for any possible points of entry throughout the home.

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iPest Solutions explains why rodents are hard wired to infest cars

When it comes to car problems, there are countless possible causes. However, motorists might be surprised to learn that a rodent infestation could be what’s plaguing their vehicle. iPest Solutions cautions drivers to be on the lookout for a rodent problem under the car hood and take the necessary step to prevent it from happening to them this winter.

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When the temperature drops, rodents seek shelter, food and warmth in order to survive the colder months, which is why they often move into homes this time of year. Unfortunately, cars offer the same protection and food sources for rodents that homes do. Plus, eco-friendly materials increasingly being used by car manufacturers, such as soy-based wiring, only further attract them and their palates.

Sneaking into cars is rather easy for rodents, as mice and rats can fit through holes as small as a dime and a quarter, respectively. Steering columns, vents, pedal shafts and other openings serve as the main access points into vehicles for these intruders. Upon gaining entry, rodents commonly use insulation as nesting material and wires, tubes and circuitry as meals, leading to short circuits and other electrical problems.

Aside from costly car repairs, rodents can compromise human health by spreading disease and causing respiratory issues. To mitigate this imminent threat to both drivers and their vehicles, iPest Solutionsl recommend the following prevention tips:

  • Seal up points of entry into garages using a silicone-based caulk, steel wool or a combination of both.
  • Check under the car hood for gnawed materials, droppings, nests and frayed wires.
  • Maintain a clean car by promptly wiping up spills, and disposing of paper, fast food bags and other trash in a sealed receptacle.
  • Consult with a professional automobile mechanic if signs of a rodent infestation are found.
  • Consider partnering with a licensed pest control professional to ensure an infestation doesn’t spread from the car to the home.

For more information, visit www.wacopest.com

iPest Solutions shares advice for avoiding mice and rats during Rodent Awareness Week

Frayed Wires? A Rodent Could Be The Culprit

iPest Solutions shares advice for avoiding mice and rats during Rodent Awareness Week

Car and house wiring issues can be expensive and sometimes downright dangerous. Believe it or not, rodents like mice and rats could be the culprits behind the damage. While many people are aware of the health risks posed by rodents spread, it’s often a surprise that they also have a love for gnawing on wires, putting property at risk for house fires and car issues. To promote greater awareness about rodent health and property issues, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has declared October 21-27 to be Rodent Awareness Week. iPest Solutions is joining NPMA in this important effort by educating homeowners on the threat of rodents and signs that could indicate rats or mice are a problem on properties.

Rodents spend about three percent of their daily activity just gnawing on objects like wires — sometimes causing issues behind a home’s walls or underneath the hood of a car. It’s important to take the proper precautions to prevent a rodent infestation in your garage and house to avoid these vandal visitors. Entering into cars and homes is easy since rats and mice can squeeze through tiny openings and gaps, some as small as a dime.

Here are the top 10 tips for avoiding rodent problems, according to NPMA’s consumer education site, PestWorld.org:

  1. Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens
  2. Screen vents and openings to chimneys
  3. Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home, including areas where utilities and pipes enter the home, using caulk and/or steel wool, and don’t forget to seal up points of entry into the garage
  4. Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly
  5. Keep attics, basements and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry
  6. Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows
  7. Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains that provide the perfect breeding site for pests
  8. Inspect items such as boxes, grocery bags and other packages brought into the home or car
  9. Regularly inspect under the hood of vehicles for gnawed materials, nests, droppings or frayed wires
  10. Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and keep shrubbery trimmed and cut back from the house

If a rodent infestation is suspected, it’s best to contact a licensed pest control professional to assess the situation. For more information on rodents and prevention tips, please visit www.wacopest.com

Waco Squirrel Control

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Waco Squirrel Control

Waco Squirrel Control

Habits

Fox squirrels are most active in the morning and late afternoon often burying nuts for winter use. They feed mainly on hickory nuts and acorns, but also eat the fruit of tulip poplar, maple tree seeds, corn bordering woods, berries, bird eggs and fungi. Gray Squirrels are active year round, but most productive in the morning and evening on dry days. Gray squirrels feed primarily on nuts, especially hickory nuts, acorns, beechnuts and walnuts. In addition, they occasionally feed on maple or tulip tree seeds, fruit, opening buds and corn. Pine Squirrels are active year round, especially in the morning and evening. However, they are sometimes active after dark as well. Pine squirrels feed on a great variety of seeds, nuts, berries, bird eggs and fungi.

Habitat

Fox squirrels favor oak-hickory forests, but they are found in pine forests and cypress and mangrove swamps in the south. During the summer months, fox squirrels make leaf nests in trees and they often overwinter in a common tree hole. Gray squirrels are found in hardwood or mixed forests with nut trees, especially oak-hickory forests and river bottoms. In the summer, gray squirrels nest in tree cavities or build nests made of leaves in branches. In the winter months, they are known to invade structures and homes looking for a place to overwinter. Pine squirrels are often abundant in any kind of forest and are commonly found around buildings. Pine squirrels usually nest in tree cavities or nests made of leaves, twigs and bark.

Threats

All three species of tree squirrels are considered a household pest because they frequently enter attics in the winter; however, they rarely pose a health threat to homeowners. Outdoors, these squirrels can cause considerable damage to electrical and telephone cables.

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