Many people know of my love for all things Mother and Father Nature, even snakes, spiders, ants, roaches, wasps, etc. Large and small. Legs or legless. Whatever. They all have a place on this wonderful place called Earth.
"Place" is the key word there.
My wise old grandmother often told me the difference between weeds and flowers: "A weed is anything that grows where you don't want it to grow." So it was not surprising that she would occasionally pull a flower out of the expansion joint in the driveway or non-roses out of her rose bed.
It's the same with wildlife. They have their place, and when they leave that place and invade our homes -- even if they were in the subdivision before any home was ever built -- I often recommend that they be "dealt with appropriately." Just don't call and tell me what you decided was "appropriate."
I'll often find bird nests and wasp nests under the roof eaves and sometimes in the attic. Both locations create health hazards from wildlife droppings and safety hazards from any number of attacks.
Whenever I find such nests, I do recommend that they be removed by a pest control professional.
I received a call earlier this morning from a past Client who ignored my recommendation to have the wasp nests removed from under his eaves. In this case, there were several large wasp nests at the patio entrance from the pool, and there would be young children and a dog living in the house.
One of his young boys was stung several times while throwing little rocks at the nests (boys will be boys!). He had an allergic reaction to the bee stings and was taken to emergency care. They did not know that their son had bee sting allergies, so they do now and can keep medicine available for those cases later in life where he might be stung. Of course, the wasp nests have now been removed.
I subscribe to the mantra "Live and let live," but only when it doesn't affect the health and safety of me, my family, my friends, or my Clients.
What kind of wildlife is currently using your home as their home?
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Russel's Top 25 blog entries.
- ActiveRain success story -- ActiveRain Feature
- All God's creatures great and small -- ActiveRain Feature
- An open letter to Realtors -- ActiveRain Feature
- Just because they sell it doesn't mean you should buy it -- ActiveRain Feature
- 12 reasons why I won't comment on your blog entries -- ActiveRain Feature
- What happens when two home inspectors show up at the same time at the same property -- ActiveRain Feature
- ActiveRain tags are very powerful. Here's how to use them effectively
- Cracks on our properties and in our homes -- seven lessons
- Did you take a shower today?
- Go for the GOLD: How to use your time wisely
- Hey! We have fall colors in San Diego
- How my Clients got $17,800 from the bank on an "as-is" foreclosure
- How sellers can prepare for a buyer's home inspection
- How to trip, fall, and break an arm more efficiently
- I purposefully burned a bridge yesterday
- Is your dishwasher dish washing?
- Out of sight, out of mind, skip the work, charge for it
- The Client is always right, right?
- We're three strange men. May we babysit your children?
- What are you thinking? Yes, you! (electrical extension cords)
- What are you thinking? Yes, you! (sink cabinets and chemical storage)
- What part of that don't you understand? (Reading 101, English 101, & Spanish 101)
- Which trees cause the most damage to our properties? -- five lessons
- Would a foreclosed seller purposefully leave an explosive device behind?
- Would you like what's behind Curtain #1, Curtain #2, or Curtain #3?
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