NATURE INVADES THE HOME WHOA

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with people first...then business Ran Right Realty 636943 licensed to thrill

I love nature and the animal, plant and insect (not all) kingdoms and the dynamics/aspects of it all. It is a marvel of community and science laced with awe and wonder. It is a living experience of other types of life all intermingled and interacting with each other creating a living harmony of its own. I would rather capture and release a spider found in my house than kill it. However, this cannot be said all the time regarding other similar lifeforms. Read-on

SPIDERS

I draw the line on Black Widow and the Brown recluse spider. These fellas can hurt you while going about their business if interfered with. I was bit by a "recluse" that left two tiny puncture holes beneath my thumb. Over night, my hand swelled and the thumb disjointed. Painful too! These boys have to die!

 

ROACHES

NO...love here. Not welcomed and I will exterminate/terminate these should they invade the house. Sorry but ants are on the same level too. The idea of something crawling around (at night too) in our intimate surroundings and accessing our private spaces as well as our food supply doesn't bode well. Death to these!

MICE-RATS

Once these find a warm & toasty home to dwell in they proliferate at an alarming rate. They know they won't do well outdoors with all those predators out there so the idea of living indoors is appealing. They also like the weather, food supplies & the fact they can outrun/out-maneuver the human. They gotta go

SQUIRRELS

Cute and visible at a distance as well as fast & agile who hasn't had a warm & fuzzy experience with these as they scamper about? Well if they invade your home your mind will change quickly. These can tunnel into the ground under your foundation & into crawlspace where they will multiply & attract other problems

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT

The butterfly remains majestic & harmless as it goes about visiting all your lovely plants that surround your home. They bother no one & only enjoy the nectar/pollen using their mouth apparatus as a type of straw. Colorful, fast, slow & in different shapes & sizes they can come and go as they wish. Welcome mat is out

FLIES  GNATS MOSQUITO'S AND STINGING INSECTS

For some reason this grouping has declared a type of war on mankind. They are also good at it. One of these in your home can get your full attention and actually have you chasing them all around the house. They will not compromise, let-up or leave. Its us versus them to the end. However they do out-number us

EVERYTHING HAS A PURPOSE

I have often wondered what their purpose is in regards to the interaction with humans? I don't care if they go at it with each other but when it comes to us I don't get it. What good do some of these do? I mean would you miss a roach as opposed to a squirrel? How about a butterfly or a bee? Sides are being chosen

WALLS CEILINGS ATTICS & BASEMENTS

Once certain types of these insects or animal enter into our crawlspaces they are almost impossible to get rid of? Why? You don't want to "cut off the nose to spite the face" dynamic to go to work but it nearly does. We cannot harm ourselves while trying to ward/kill them off. We only have limited lines of defense....

1. An empty home can be tented, treated, sealed and made pest free. Easy to do must be maintained after

2. Natural repellents such as those found in Nature are affective for warding off but not preventing

3. Attacking them on a scientific level. Giving them a natural "kill" gene, DNA or chemical reaction killer

If you have ever heard the scurrying about of the sound of something living within your home know that it is hard to kill and capture. When we do fight back we are left with the aftermath which is the decaying and dead "no prisoners" that raise a stink beyond belief. You will know it when you smell it. It sticks around too

COMPOUNDING THE PROBLEM

There is in Nature a type of "no waste" system that works very well. Things die and other things feed on them and all of it goes back into what they call the cycle of life. When something dies, it becomes "feed" for insects/animals/plants as it decomposes. Consider these problems when you successfully fight back....

BABY RACCOONS UNDER THE HOUSE

While you sleep they are awake which helps them & hurts you should they invade. Wild-life & insects explore every nook & cranny until they find a way in. They have sharp teeth & claws & will make an entrance where there is none. Should they be attacked & killed their rotting carcasses attracts all sorts of flies who lay eggs. They cause and attract further problems. How do you get them out from within?

THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO DO THIS FOR A LIVING

A rotting corpse is toxic when breathed-in. I remember hiring a guy to get a dead nest of baby coons out from under crawlspace. He was slim and muscular (mandatory) and when he assessed the situation which consisted of a horrible smell, he said I have to come back suited up for this removal.

THE GEAR

He wore a pair of seal-able over-alls that lapped into his boots. The face was completely covered and he also had a breathing apparatus. Similar to a "diving bell" that enters the deep-sea this guy then went under the home into tiny spaces never meant to explore after built. His mission? Remove the dead & dying!

DEMAND FOR THIS

Anyone who has had a need for these services doesn't quibble on the price even though it is shockingly expensive. I inquired, tried to negotiate and was abruptly told "you do it" when I pressed for a discount. I paid the price. So will you and others when this problem visits. The only advice here?

TAKE PREVENTATIVE MEASURES

Prevent before invaded. If new construction, everything must be sealed and treated before covered up. After that, inspections semi-annually. On existing structures or remodels same care. Remember, the smallest exposed crack or crevice is the invitation to invade. They will!

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Rainmaker
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Your post reminded me of the $2 million dollar estate we saw in Napa, where spiders ruled in the grand piano, in every corner imaginable in the doorway, etc.  The owners were of the opinion that they kept the insects at bay...LOL A

Jul 07, 2019 10:33 AM #3
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Richie Alan Naggar
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel ...I stayed at a dude ranch where our cabin was invested with spiders causing us all to sleep with our covers over our heads and we were supposed to be on vacation. We complained in the morning and owners looked at us like we were crazy city folk. They are just spiders and they take care of the insects was in the air and all over their faces. We disagreed big time...

Jul 07, 2019 10:55 AM #4
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
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WOW; Richie Alan Naggar That baby coon story was one to take note about. Bet that exterminator earned his pay on that day

Jul 07, 2019 12:17 PM #5
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI ...I learned alot that day

Jul 07, 2019 01:11 PM #6
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Kathy Streib
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Hi Richie- your post reminded me of our first home in Florida which was on the water. You can imagine what kind of critters we had there. I had to call one of the services to remove a baby possum from under the guest bathroom. their teeth would scare anyone!!!

Jul 07, 2019 07:10 PM #7
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Kathy Streib ...ongoing this problem is. 

Jul 07, 2019 07:52 PM #8
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James Dray
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Morning Richie.

We lived in a home once that had a crawl space.  Just once was enough.  Carol Williams another one for you to consider

Jul 08, 2019 02:30 AM #9
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Richie Alan Naggar
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James Dray ...we share the journey in common so why not share as we go?

Jul 08, 2019 06:15 AM #10
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What an interesting read this one is, Richie. And, I concur with your findings regarding the ones that just need to "go," and the ones we need to keep "out." It is an ongoing battle and invaders must love homeowners who ignore ongoing maintenance and investigation. 

On another note:We had a sweet hummingbird stuck in our garage a few weeks ago, I kept worrying he was going to die of exhaustion and no food. We hung a feeder from the top of the exit door and he finally figured it out. 

Jul 12, 2019 06:33 AM #11
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Richie Alan Naggar
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Hello Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD ...Your handling of the bird who hums is noted. Stewards of the less life forms apply cure with others direction

Jul 12, 2019 09:12 AM #12
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Barbara Todaro
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Good morning, Richie Alan Naggar the first sign of a "creature" and I'm on speed dial with my exterminator.... he sprays for carpenter ants every spring..... 

Jul 13, 2019 04:03 AM #13
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Barbara Todaro's ...picture is in every ants nest to stay away from this womans house or risk extinction....

Jul 13, 2019 05:36 AM #14
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Hi Richie:

Well this was not exactly a pleasant post to read. There are certainly all kinds of critters that can create issues in and around your home that we need to watch for. I'm glad there are others who can take care of these issues when needed,

Jeff

Jul 13, 2019 03:35 PM #15
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I love nature to but I am not a big fan of some of the pets named in this  post.

Jul 13, 2019 03:45 PM #16
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Jeff Dowler, CRS ...life comes in sweets and sours Jeff

Hello Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900! ...No pets in post got it

Jul 13, 2019 06:13 PM #17
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Kat Palmiotti
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Mice can get into the smallest space! I agree with making sure certain animals and pests are not allowed in the home.

Jul 14, 2019 02:38 AM #18
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Richie Alan Naggar
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Hi there Kat Palmiotti ...mice are almost all fur fitting nicely into holes the size of a dime and smaller. When they get in.....its home sweet home for them

Jul 14, 2019 05:45 AM #19
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Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
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Hi Richie: This is one of my favorite topics-- It's amazing to me how many people think we need to "kill em all!" when they come across a creature like crickets or spiders in their basement. Meanwhile, they are both part of a lengthy list of predator vs victim. Spiders are the worst enemy of crickets--So, if you have crickets it's almost a given that you have done away with the natural predator of crickets! You can do that with all critters....take a list of all the insects you can't stand and I can tell you why you should love them if you don't want mosquitos or other pesty pests spending time in your lair. Very Good post, Richie!

Jul 14, 2019 03:56 PM #20
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Helo little Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA ...your add value to the post thank U

Jul 14, 2019 05:35 PM #21
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Hi Richie: Thanks! ...Good post and right on the mark for the little critters!

Jul 14, 2019 07:23 PM #22
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