Here in Sandy, Oregon, we see our fair share of rodents. Just about every home in our area will have rodents at some point in their homes’ lifespan. What I have found is that many of the home owners that I meet with don’t realize that mice can pose a real problem to the overall health of their home.
Mice can multiply very quickly. You may think that you have just one mouse in your house, but that would be pretty unlikely. That little mouse that you spotted scampering across your floor can have up to 72 babies a year, so chances are you have a whole bunch that you are not seeing.
What kind of damage can they do?
Let’s think about your crawl space for a second. It is warm, safe and provides the perfect bedding material because of all the insulation. Once a mouse gets into your crawl space (and it is not very hard for them to do), they are not going to want to go anywhere else. In fact, your crawl space is the inspiration they need to finally settle down and start a family. The problem is that they are a disgusting family that leaves urine and feces all over the place. Couple this with the fact that around 40 percent of the air that you breathe in your home comes from your crawl space and you can see how your home can become unhealthy quickly.
In addition to the contamination, mice love to chew through things. They have teeth that never stop growing and they actually have to chew on things to file down their teeth. Your crawl space and attic has a lot of great things to chew on that can be pretty detrimental to your home like electrical wires, plumbing pipes and air ducts.
How do I fix the damage?
Generally, when a crawl space becomes pretty contaminated and damaged, we are going to suggest doing a crawl space restoration. This is a process of cleaning, repairing and decontaminating your crawl space that can be quite costly. A typical restoration project can cost $3000 and above!
So what should I do?
If you see any signs of rodent activity in your house, get it taken care of quickly. Most of the crawl spaces that have been badly contaminated happened without the home owner even realizing it. The sooner you catch it, the better your chances of avoiding major damages.
If you think you might have rodents or if you just want to have a pest control company check it out, please give us a call. We will provide you with a free inspection and estimate.