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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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Rodent Infestations And Rodent-Borne Disease Cases Have Been Increasing In Texas

Just about every type of troublesome wildlife pest a person can think of dwells within the large state of Texas. Of all the animal species that exist in the United States, the state of Texas is home to three fourths of them. Texas is home to 33 bat species, which is more than any other state. Rodents make up one third of all mammal species in Texas. Common rodents in Texas include squirrels, pocket gophers, numerous rat and mouse species and scores of others. Of all the wild animals that are known to invade, damage or nest within Texas homes, rats and mice are probably the most hated. While some years see a greater amount of rodent infestations than others in Texas, residents can always expect a massive influx of rodents within residential areas of the state once the winter season nears an end.

Rats and mice do not just invade homes where they annoy occupants with the noises they make while hiding away within their obscured nesting spaces, but they also cause expensive damage in hard to reach areas. For example, pest controllers in Texas have found rats chewing on cables and electronic wiring within attics, basements and utility boxes. It is also not uncommon to find rats infesting garages where they sometimes chew away at electrical wiring within vehicles. Even worse than having to shell out money to repair expensive rat-induced damage to electronic devices, fires can start as a result of rats chewing through electrical wires. Rats also commonly chew on pipes, eat threw water hoses, gnaw on clothing, tear up furniture, and they damage floorboards, drywall and insulation. And if all this is not enough, rats and mice also facilitate the spread of diseases to humans. Unfortunately, one of these diseases, typhus fever, is becoming more common among Texas residents. For example, up until July of last year, Galveston health authorities documented 18 typhus cases, while only one case was reported in the area during the entire 2017 year. Many residents are contracting typhus indoors, as dogs spread the disease to humans after contracting the disease from fleas that they picked up from backyard rats and opossums. Although a pest control professional is almost always necessary to eradicate a rat or mouse infestation within a home, typhus can be prevented by making sure that dogs receive flea treatments.

Have you ever killed a mouse or rat within your home with a simple trap?

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