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Old 09-22-2009, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Falls Church, VA
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So, the hellhole I'm renting has mice. It's an older SFH.

I didn't start seeing signs of them until just recently. However, when we first moved in (in late June), I noticed some mouse baits left out by the owner/previous occupants. So you know, it was no huge surprise when I started finding droppings under my kitchen sink.

I'm trapping everything that I possibly can, I've sealed all my food in plastic, I've covered the garbage can, etc. etc.

But. There are two large piles of wood out in the backyard from an old tree that was cut down before I got here. The piles aren't up against the house, but I'm *sure* they are harboring mice. Would I have a case if I pestered the landlord to have those piles removed?

Also, the lease says that any rodent infestation beyond 30 days of occupancy is my responsibility. However, I saw and notified the property manager about those mouse baits well within 30 days. Meaning that I've made it clear that the infestation was not caused by me, even though it took me more than 30 days to identify active droppings. Do I have a case to press the landlord to hire an exterminator?
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Old 09-22-2009, 11:29 AM
 
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If the landlord is reluctant, you could hire an exterminator and then try to sue in small claims court. No guarantee that you would win, but it's a good backup option.
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Old 09-22-2009, 11:38 AM
 
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Mice live here. Woodpiles or no, if you have any sort of open space around, there will no doubt be hundreds of them living all around you. You just don't see them. All you can do is discourage them from taking up residence inside the house. It doesn't hurt to block off obvious potential entryways, but there are no ways to mouse-proof a house. They are small, single-minded, and unbelievably flexible, so they will get in if they want to. Traps are effective against small numbers of them. If you end up with dozens, professional help is called for. If you have some now, more will be coming as the cold weather arrives, so keep after them. But in the bigger picture, they are just a fact of life that we all coexist with...
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Old 09-22-2009, 11:38 AM
 
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There is only one way.

Exterminate the landlord.
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Old 09-22-2009, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Falls Church, VA
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There is only one way.

Exterminate the landlord.
I will see if she responds to a trap with a little bit of peanut butter. Heh.
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Old 09-22-2009, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Falls Church, VA
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Mice live here. Woodpiles or no, if you have any sort of open space around, there will no doubt be hundreds of them living all around you. You just don't see them. All you can do is discourage them from taking up residence inside the house. It doesn't hurt to block off obvious potential entryways, but there are no ways to mouse-proof a house. They are small, single-minded, and unbelievably flexible, so they will get in if they want to. Traps are effective against small numbers of them. If you end up with dozens, professional help is called for. If you have some now, more will be coming as the cold weather arrives, so keep after them. But in the bigger picture, they are just a fact of life that we all coexist with...
This is what I figured, that the change of seasons is driving them inside. Especially with these wonderfully cool nights we've been having. I'd like an exterminator's help in plugging the obvious entry points, but I know it's not realistic to expect to get all of them.

I think I am harboring a grudge against the landlord about it because I found a mostly-decomposed mouse in the basement when someone was here fixing the AC a while back. I thought it was a tuft of dryer lint until I got close enough to see the tail. It's like dude, can you at least clean up the VISIBLE DEAD MICE before you rent the property out?! But I'm the sucker who signed the lease..
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