Don't Make Your House A Mouse House!

By
Home Inspector with Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

Builders are trying hard.  I agree that the connection where the AC lines enter the house, the spot that gets filled with a big glop of putty, is a pretty ugly sight.  So the builders are trying to dress it up. 

But in doing that, care needs to be taken to prevent rodentia from getting inside!  Don't make your house a mouse house!

This is new construction and a pretty setting. 

Eventually those plantings will get too big and be bothersome to the compressor's ability to breath, but that is a different issue altogether.

Can you see the prettied up AC connection to the house?

You have to agree, that is much better looking than putty!

Actually I like it a lot.

There is just one problem.  What you can't see is that this house is located right on the edge of a meadow with tall grass, trees and a creek.  It is mouse heaven!

And to quote Mr. Jinks of Pixie and Dixie fame, "I hate those meeces to pieces!"  (I fully realize you have to go back a long, long time to remember Mr. Jinks, but he came to mind.)

Looking inside at the connection against the house, you can see that we have a mouse invitational going on.

The opening is quite a bit larger than the connection.

That mesh you see is a plastic vapor wrap, excellent for moisture and wind protection, but not so good against mice.

This insulated tubing and connection will be a mouse super highway into the house!

Now is the time to put the putty, and/or steel wool, to keep those critters out.  If they don't it is a GUARANTEE they will come inside, even this winter!

Why do I say that?

LIFE EXPERIENCE!  THIS IS HOW MICE GOT INTO OUR HOUSE!

And believe me, when they were done, it was a mess!  I didn't realize they were in there until they had quite the winter-vacation resort going on and I caught them during a convention.

So, now is the time to handle it.

My recommendation:  I like to compliment the builders when I see a good idea.  This connection cover is a good idea!  But look around when you see things like this to make sure it is thought through to the end.  If you don't your house might just become a mouse house like mine did.  Don't make your house a mouse house!

Let's leave the Mouse House to Walt Disney.

 

 

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Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


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Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

Tammy - they're coming to take you away, ha ha, they're coming to take you away, ho, ho!  To the mousey farm, where life is beautiful all the time and...

Sorry, couldn't resist!

November 16, 2011 02:59 PM
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Erica Ramus
MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate
Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA

I live in the country and it seems as the weather gets colder we always get a mouse or two inside. Even with a (useless) cat.

November 16, 2011 03:24 PM
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
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Erica - that's a bad sign!  You'd think the cat would be instinctive!  Maybe they fix each other meals?

November 16, 2011 03:27 PM
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Lenn Harley
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Mice invaded my home 3.5 years ago. 

Since then I have a quarterly "check up" by my favorite pest control company "Bug Pros". 

First there were traps and sticky paper and feeding bins (not something you'd want to try).

He, Good Old Keith, comes every 3 months and "checks" my home over for signs.  I've been mouse free for 39 months.

 

November 16, 2011 03:51 PM
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
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That's a good idea Lenn.  We have the little black houses they go in and eat poison.  I have not seen evidence of them in a long time. 

So, to you go to the meetings?  "Hi, I'm Lenn.  I've been mouse free for 39 months..."

November 16, 2011 03:56 PM
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Donald Reich
Prudential Centennial

The best way to get rid out mice . . . . . get a cat!!

Regardless, this was a great post!

November 16, 2011 04:08 PM
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

See number 24 above Donald!  Best to prevent them anyway with some good putty!  And thanks!

November 16, 2011 04:20 PM
Rainmaker
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Chris Smith
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage

Jay, that is why you are a pro and I recommend my clients hire inspectors like you... I try to look at the picture and find whats wrong... and I saw it, but missed the implication completely...

November 16, 2011 05:17 PM
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

Thanks Chris.  As soon as I saw it I wondered what they did with the flap inside.  Wasn't hard to figure out!

November 16, 2011 05:19 PM
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Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi & Corinna Birgit Cromartie
Palm Harbor & Dunedin FL Residential Real Estate
Charles Rutenberg Realty

Jay - that would be the last thing I would want in MY house! Great reminder...............

November 16, 2011 05:57 PM
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Erica Ramus
MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate
Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA

Either the cat is just plain stupid or doesn't care. He's too well fed.

November 16, 2011 08:45 PM
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Greg Nino
Houston, Texas
RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP

I always look forward to your well written posts. You should see ours. That thing has enough orange foam on it to see it from outterspace. Luckily it's on the side of the house, fenced in.

November 16, 2011 10:54 PM
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Michael Dagner
Your Denver Homes Realty Expert
Brokers Guild Classic

Hi Jay, first thing I did with my own new const. was to seal up all the open penetrations left by the builder.  Mice can get through the tiniest of openings, and they will.

November 16, 2011 11:47 PM
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Doug Bullwinkel
NMLS #281609
Vitek Mortgage Group

I hate these little critters.  I use those electronic rodent plug-ins and they do really work.  Haven't had a mouse in the house for over 6 years while the neighbors are all overrun.

November 17, 2011 02:23 AM
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

Barbara-Jo - mice will get in anyway we let them, especially when it gets cold.  Down there, maybe when it gets hot?

Erica - I guess that happens.  We have dogs, and they simply don't care!

Greg - the sun deteriorates that foam to cotton candy and it is very easy to get through!

Michael - field mice need 1/4" to get in!  That's not much space!

I have heard they work too Doug.  We have a guinea pig and so until he goes we couldn't use those!

November 17, 2011 05:50 AM
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Kenneth Cole
NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, Appleseedhomes.com -

When I see a hole in my siding, I put some steel wool in and then cap it with some caulking.  Seams to work for me.

November 18, 2011 08:51 AM
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Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC
NCW Home Inspections, LLC

Jay,

I saw a very similar thing on a new home. They used one side of a foundation vent but same thing, hole in the screen. And little mouse was having it was in.

November 18, 2011 09:01 AM
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You're so funny!  I acutally remember the cat who "hated meeses to pieces," what a blast from the past.  Breaking up the mouse convention at their winter resort -- what a hoot!

 

November 18, 2011 01:42 PM
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

The steel wool is a great step Ken.  Rodents will not try to chew through it.

Don - they will get in anywhere people let them in!

Katie - that's pretty much what was going on!  It took a while to empty the convention hall.

November 18, 2011 05:02 PM
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Justin Dibbs
REALTOR® - Ashburn Virginia Homes for Sale
United Real Estate

I agree that looks great!  So much better than the older putty stuck in there.  I was just unpacking some stuff from my folks basement and guess what?  Evidence of a mice vacation sopt.

November 18, 2011 08:27 PM
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