Pest Control: Tuesday Real Estate Tip

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Real Estate RS301772

Mice are such cute little creatures, when they are in a cage, running on their wheel or curled up into a warm, fuzzy ball, Mice and other Rodents asleep in a pile of fluff.

But when they boldly stroll through your kitchen, uninvited and unwanted, brazenly swiping kibble from the dog’s food bowl, and hiding behind the refrigerator, they are no longer cute. They are a menace, they are a nuisance, and they need to be exterminated.

For years, my husband and I purchased those cheap little Victor Mouse Traps, and after scaring the dog by snapping it a few times, we’d smear some peanut butter on the little lever and after a day or two, all of the invaders would be taken care of. We usually had only a few mice in the spring and again in the fall.

This year though, is different. Perhaps due to the foundation repair my husband has been doing, or perhaps because they feel the burden of the collapsed economy, the mice have been relentless.

“ENOUGH,” I cried, after screaming my head off when one little beady eyed creature came about six inches from my foot, and just stared at me.

A quick phone call to Rich at Pocono Pest (570-226-9481 ) brought him and his partner John to the house, and they started spraying for ALL sorts of pests - including these invading rodents. The guarantee is for a year - and it was under $300. No more traps, no more peanut butter, no more bullying mice stealing my dog’s food.

If you have a pest problem - whether it’s recurring fleas (they are nasty and the bombs DO NOT WORK!), mice, hornets and wasps, cockroaches, ants - anything uninvited, basically - why not save yourself the hassle of trying to deal with it yourself?

Calling an exterminator like Pocono Pest can save you lots of headaches, and lots of wasted money.  Pocono Pest (RLO Enterprises) covers all of Pike and Wayne County.  They are reliable, effective, and affordable.  I have personally recommended Pocono Pest for years, and will continue to do so…I first became a customer years ago when the house we purchased was infested with fleas.  Haven’t had a flea in my house for over a decade.

Sellers, buyers do not want to buy homes where there is evidence of mice, ants, or other pests. In today’s market, buyers can be as picky as they like.  Don’t let something so easily solved hinder the sale of your home.

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Karen E. Rice is a real estate agent working in Pike & Wayne County of Northeastern PA in the Pocono Mountains. Lake Wallenpaupack is one of Pennsylvania's most popular destinations for vacations, retirement, and purchasing a home.

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Comments (5)

Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Find that hole.  The cure to mice infestation is to find where they are getting access.  It can be a small opening as little as an inch or so, but they'll squeeze through.  Trapping helps, but it doesn't stop them from coming in.

The problem with exterminators, in my experience, is that, if they find the entry way used by the critters, they have lost their job.  Exterminators are better at putting traps, sticky papers, etc. out and catching.  But, that doesn't stop new families from coming in. 

It took us about 5 hours to find an entrance that the mice were using in my home in Bethesda a couple of years ago. Once we closed the hole at ground level on from the outside, the mice were gone.  The exterminators were happy to keep collecting quarterly fees to put the dang traps out. 

Good luck. 

I had a couple in my new home this year, but trapped two of them and that was it. 

However, I still haven't found where they came in, so. . . . . . . .

Oct 22, 2008 03:51 AM
Karen Rice
Keller Williams Real Estate - Hawley, PA
Northeast PA & Lake Wallenpaupack Home Sales

Lenn - the problem is there are MULTIPLE areas right now where they can get in.  My husband has been doing a lot of excavating around the house and has found that our entire foundation needs some fixing up - he's working on re-sealing the entire thing and insulating it.  Our house is over 50 years old, and so we're finding all sorts of terrific (not) things!  I've been taking pictures all along of the work he's been doing to make this house more energy efficient - and pest proof!  LOL

I called the exterminator simply because at this point, I knew it was out of control.  The young mice were able to clean the traps without snapping them, and having more kids before we could get them all. Since the exterminator came by last week, we haven't seen a single mouse...and I was seeing them nightly!  EEK!

Oct 22, 2008 03:59 AM
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

Karen - Sometimes you've got to leave it to the Professionals.  I've been lucky (knocking on wood and hoping there's no termites) thus far with my home.

Oct 22, 2008 09:13 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Karen,  I agree . It is good to leave it to the professionals.

Oct 22, 2008 10:25 AM
Sharon Harris
Keller Williams Keystone Realty - Hanover, PA
Realtor

So you feel safe enough to walk around in bare feet again?

Well worth the money to have the pros come in... mice are icky.

Oct 28, 2008 12:38 AM