Dallas/Fort Worth Real Estate Investor Club

Rodent evacuation

  • 27 Dec 2017 8:07 PM
    Message # 5650472

    Anyone know of/have used an investor friendly, heck anybody friendly company to do rodent evacuation and prevention?

    Thanks, Paula

  • 28 Dec 2017 6:57 AM
    Reply # 5650772 on 5650472

    You are probably better off doing it yourself.  I haven’t found a reasonable rodent specialty company and most pest control companies seem to be pretty ineffective at solving the problem.

    Walk the property with your maintenance guy and have him seal up all of the exterior holes used for access.  Use wire mesh or bondo to plug holes around utility access.  Go to the feed store or Tractor Supply and buy the appropriate rodent bait.  You can easily figure out what their activity pattern is and place the baits in the traffic pattern.

    There is one additional step you can use, buy a Pro-cone and install it at the access point the rodents are using to access the house.  It’s a one way trap door device that allows them to leave but not re-enter.

    None of this is a quick process...it takes weeks to months depending on how bad the problem is.

  • 28 Dec 2017 10:12 AM
    Reply # 5651194 on 5650472

    I would use Travis Huckaby with Blue Line Pest Police.  He recently cleared out a house in Arlington I was looking at that was over run with rats.  If you call him tell him I referred you, 469-285-0985 that is his personal cell.  He also does home inspections.

  • 28 Dec 2017 11:11 AM
    Reply # 5651301 on 5650472

    interesting stuff - I am currently battling a problem at my house too.  I had the bottom wood piece at the fireplace rot over the years and I failed to maintain.  Now the rodents have taken up residence for the winter.  Bill is right.  This can take weeks to months since they don't always come out every day.   One night I heard a bunch of noise in our fireplace flue.  Long story short, one night I saw a possum coming out!   Amazing how it fit into small places.  I eventually trapped it in a cage and took it and released far away.  

    The Pro-Cone sounds interesting.  I had the same idea.  Glad one exists.

    Here is the problem with rodent bait.  PROS - it works great.   CONS - the rodents eat it, and then can go back into your attic etc.  Then they die.    I had mice long ago that ate it in the garage and then crawled to the other end of the house and down into the walls and died.  I had the worst stinch for months and months and months in my bathroom.  It was horrible.  

    So, I don't know about that stuff.  

    I guess I would call the rodent professional if I were doing a Flip or had a rental?

    I will be trying the Pro-Cone for now just to save money.

    Either way - lesson learned.   Prep your house for the Fall/Winter by covering up any small opening.  You don't want your house to be a rodent Hotel for the winter.

  • 03 Feb 2018 10:40 AM
    Reply # 5716124 on 5650472
    Unfortunately this is becoming an ever increasingly common problem around here. In my personal experience the most effective route to all clear  in the shortest amount of time is this. 

    1 Do it yourself :-(

    2 Exclusion - cover all the holes/points of entry 1st during daylight hours. Check everywhere waves, roof returns, behind gutters etc.

    3  snap traps - rodents have high metabolism they have to eat and will go for the bait when their food stores are depleted and inaccessible.

    It takes time and persistence but the above is the only way you will know when you are really all clear.

    Lastly DO NOT  use bait stations outside - especially as a long term "preventative" it will continue to attract rodents to your property.  

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