Hello, I'm writing to seek feedback/suggestions regarding my overall
rodent home-invasion problem. I have a 1.5 storey 1907 Tudor-style house with
a multi-dormer roof structure which makes it an attractive place for squirrels
and roof rats to set up housekeeping or contemplate coming inside. I also have
a problem with rats in the full basement.
I have up to now just been reacting to the problem...first considered the
recommendations of several pest control companies, all of whom could not satisfy
my concern that the poisons they were recommending would not indirectly or
directly kill off other non-target animals which traverse the property. I have
had my trees trimmed, but even trimmed they are close enough to the house to
allow animals access to the roof. I do not want to cut down any trees to solve
this problem. So I have recently resigned myself to setting and clearing
rat-size snap traps in the basement and that part of the attic I can reach
[old house, very narrow attic w/ knob&tube wiring strung every which way].
It's a disgusting process, but as it's almost always a quick kill and therefore
more humane than the sticky traps or poison, and I have caught some rats--
one in particular was as big as a Buick.
The latest in this saga is that I came home yesterday to find that a very
aggressive squirrel [know it's a squirrel; have seen it run out of there when
I banged in the wall a few days ago in response to the noise] had actually
chewed a hole through the closet drywall [next to a fireplace chimney] on the
second floor in one bedroom. Insulation and rodent waste everywhere in the
closet. The damned squirrel did not yet venture in, however. I have a cat but
do not want to expose her to whatever these rodents might be carrying, so the
bedroom door was closed.
I made a hasty repair screwing one of those heavy-guage paint roller metal
grids over the hole with molly screws after stuffing as much steel wool as
I had on hand into the opening; then I duct-taped over the entire thing.
It's pretty slap-dash, and I suspect this animal will just start another hole
My idea for a systemic solution to this recurring and worsening problem:
Hire a house inspector who is licensed/bonded to get up onto a roof to
inspect it and my entire exterior for openings or potential openings, and
take photographs of these for me. Then I would hire a critter control
company which does carpentry repairs to make permanent, durable fixes to the
holes and otherwise install barriers to further invasion. And finally, as I
cannot get up on the roof to inspect the work myself I would have the house
inspector out a second time to photograph the repairs.
Does this sound feasible? Would anyone be able to recommend a house/roof
inspector and/or critter damage repair company in the Seattle area who might
be willing to work with such a plan?
Thanks for reading, and for any information.