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Old 06-11-2014, 02:19 PM
 
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We just got our inspection done on the potential investment property in Austin, TX. The only thing that was of concern was "There is evidence of rodent / varmint type activity in the attic in a number of areas". Should we buy this house, if so how can rodent activity be removed/controlled?

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Old 06-11-2014, 02:26 PM
 
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If it's just mice, you can easily control them by using snap traps. For a number of reasons, don't ever use glue traps or poison. I have no idea whether you should buy the house--I've never see it and I don't plan to.
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Old 06-11-2014, 02:31 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Put it in your BINSR, seller to exterminate rodents, remove evidence of rodent inhabitation, repair any damage caused by rodents, and take measures as necessary to prevent re-entry by rodents in the future.

I would get an estimate for all that and attach it to the BINSR. Then either the seller gets the work done or offers to credit you with the amount of the necessary work.

Couple rodents doesn't make a house uninhabitable forever. It's a fixable problem.
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Old 06-11-2014, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Berkeley Neighborhood, Denver, CO USA
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Couple rodents doesn't make a house uninhabitable forever. It's a fixable problem.
cf. White House (especially some presidents between 1865 and 1930)
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Old 06-11-2014, 03:00 PM
 
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"Rodent/varmint activity" in the attic probably means squirrels instead of mice. I had this problem in my last house; I called a wildlife exterminator, who determined the critters were getting in through vents under the eaves. They installed a one-way door over the squirrel holes (allowing any squirrels presently inside to exit), came back a week later to remove the door and cover the vent with hardware cloth instead. It cost a few hundred dollars, which included any followup work for the next year (e.g., if the squirrels had another hole they missed the first time around). Anyway, yeah, this is easily fixable.
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Old 06-11-2014, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Mice can also set up housekeeping in a crawl space. Again a fixable problem.
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Old 06-11-2014, 03:25 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Why do people think squirrels are cute and rats are disgusting? Main difference I can see is that bushy tail.
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Old 06-11-2014, 03:38 PM
 
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Thanks everyone!
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Old 06-11-2014, 04:15 PM
 
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Put it in your BINSR, seller to exterminate rodents, remove evidence of rodent inhabitation, repair any damage caused by rodents, and take measures as necessary to prevent re-entry by rodents in the future.

I would get an estimate for all that and attach it to the BINSR. Then either the seller gets the work done or offers to credit you with the amount of the necessary work.

Couple rodents doesn't make a house uninhabitable forever. It's a fixable problem.
I agree that a few rodents don't make a house uninhabitable forever, but I strongly suggest that you understand the extent of the infestation and the damage caused before you seal the deal. Make absolutely sure that YOU call in a pest control company that knows their stuff and you need to be there when they look over the property. Do not trust the seller to get the work done properly - they obviously already dropped the ball by not having a good pest control company take care of their property in the first place . This is not a situation where you want to take the cheapest, fastest route, and that's what the seller will most likely look for when hiring a pest control firm.

There are full-service pest control companies that will eradicate the pests and perform the necessary repairs to the property. Rodents cause A LOT of destruction (potentially thousands $$$) and they bring "friends" with them, too (fleas and rat mites). Trust me, you do not want to deal with rat mites. I am not trying to scare you away from purchasing this property, but I feel it is in your best interest to oversee the resolution of this problem yourself AND make sure the previous homeowners are on the hook for every cent.
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Old 06-11-2014, 04:19 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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That is why I suggested buyer get estimate to accompany BINSR. Hopefully the seller will credit back and you get the company you chose to do the work. Otherwise you get your company to inspect repairs before closing.

This is not a job for amateurs. Full out professional is the only way to go.
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