We moved into our 1984 house last week, and today I encountered mice in the
basement. One was dead already, and one was as soon as my foot landed on
its head. I don't think this is a major problem with this house, as there
were no signs of previous visits by rodents. They were in the laundry room,
and I deduce that they must have been surfacing through the drain (just a 6"
hole in the floor) into which the drain pipes for the washing machine and
furnace/AC go. Those pipes don't go down too far, so my original idea of
filling the hole with expanding foam might not be wise - might block the
Strange thing was, the floor was a little wet, and it was clear that some
water had also surfaced (the washing machine had just been on). I wonder
whether there is a slight blockage, or whether the mice could have caused a
temporary blockage on their way up.
I've got Terminix coming round tomorrow, but not sure if they will be able
to deal with my main concern - blocking the hole somehow so the buggers can
no longer get up. If I don't deal with this tangibly, quickly, my wife will
refuse to do the laundry....
Any help gratefully received.