Rat vs Mold

A Tall Of Rats And Mold

I received a frantic call from a homeowner that had a rat running around her condo on Siesta Key. The rat had been:

  • eating her fruit on the counter,
  • getting into her trash,
  • chewing on the couch &
  • leaving droppings and urine everywhere.

We responded and did a complete inspection of the condo.  It appeared as though the rat was coming and going thru a hole under the dishwasher in the slab. We tried to take the dishwasher out so we could seal the entry point but the tile had been installed after the dishwasher, so it was basically built-in.  We finally got the dishwasher’s feet turned down enough to clear the counter and tile, allowing it to clear enough to be slid out.  Or so we thought as the copper water line had no slack for us to pull the dishwasher out. So, again we are at a stand still.  A plumber was called to remove the dishwasher so we could seal the entry points.

Since we could not seal the entry point right away we set numerous rat traps throughout the condo to capture and remove the unwanted pest.  Continuing the inspection of the condo, we went into the guest bedroom where the home owner was concerned that there might be something in the water turn off area since we found an opening under the dishwasher already .  She opened the closet and went to move a few items that were stored in the closet and wow, were we surprised.

It appeared as though there was a leak of some sort coming from the water turn off area.  The wall was covered in black mold. We removed the panel to the water turn off area and there was definitely a leak, and it was still leaking. Water was just running out of the cast iron pipe.  I advised the homeowner that she needed to call the management company and also a plumber again.

Everyone Working On A Solution To Be Rat And Mold Free

At this point the rodent was the least of their concern.  This leak had been going on for sometime because unfortunately it was in a closet in an unoccupied room, used only as storage and rarely looked at.  The management company sent out a mold specialist and a plumber and everyone is working together to get this homeowner “back-to-normal!”


 

 

Squirrels Take Foreclosed Home

Squirrels Are The New Neighbors

We have all heard that the banks have a lot of foreclosed and bank owned homes and that they can not maintain them. Often times they will find homeless living in the foreclosed homes.

Well not in this case! Nuisance Wildlife Removal was asked to go out to a foreclosed, bank owned home in Valrico, FL  and inspect to see what type of animal had decided to take-up residency.

Squirrels Definitely Can Do A Lot Of Damage

Upon arrival to the home it was noted that there were definite animal entry signs, from what looked to be that of a squirrel.   Not only were there chewing and gnawing marks in the wood fascia and soffit but due to the lack of maintenance the soffit had been blown out and created quite the free-way for entry. As if that wasn’t enough damage caused by the squirrels, when I opened the door to the home in Valrico, FL  I immediately noticed water all over the floor. I just assumed that a pipe had busted. I ventured into the kitchen area where the water seemed to be coming from and as soon as I turned the corner there was insulation, drywall, and a lot more water all over the place. The ceiling had collapsed from the squirrels chewing on the plumbing lines that were ran in the attic, causing a leak, and then causing the ceiling to collapse. I immediately called the management company to report the findings. They were astonished at the damage that such a little animal like a squirrel could do.

The Squirrels Had To Go So Says The Bank

We completed the inspection of the rest of the property and it was quite evident that the squirrels had taken up residency in the attic.  There were several nesting sights, a lot of droppings and urine, and several areas in the AC duct work that had been compromised. It is definitely time for an eviction on these squirrels, we plan on sealing up the house and live trapping the squirrels for relocation to a more suitable habitat.