Oakville Homes

October 9, 2010

Ensure your house doesn’t attract the wrong guests.


A while back I wrote a blog about mice in the house. Well, someone in a Mattamy home suffered the same thing, to the tune of about $3,000 to fix it. They have the same model as we do. When built, the gutters were joined to each house but the Town of Oakville decided they did not like it for fire purposes. Mattamy was told to break up the gutters, which someone did and I must say, it was a very poor job. I was fortunate to be on the right side of the firewall. My neighbour ended up with holes into their attic, which quickly became nesting places for birds and squirrels.They eventually fixed the problem (no, Mattamy had nothing to do with the repair) with some steel wool and wire.

Now, down the street another neighbour has suffered the same, except the hole was made larger in the soffit and a family of four (raccoons) took residence in their attic, along with some mice and squirrels – the proverbial Noahs ark. Unlike some loud  neighbours, these guys remained unseen for quite some time. Oh, we all knew they were around, what with the ripped garbage bags, domestics between the females and males and, running into them at night while outside the house.

Our neighbours called in the local “humane” animal catchers and the group was moved out. Not only this but all the soiled insulation had to be replaced. Like I said, $3000 worth of repair.

I’m sure Mattamy isn’t the only builder to leave holes in the outside walls so, make sure when you buy a new or old house have a professional house inspector inspect the dwelling for access points. No need to have freeloading  guests moving in at your expense.

When the “humane” catchers do their work, you aren’t rid of the pests really.  These guys will come, put in temporary screens that allow your guests to leave but not return ( I wonder if they have them door size).  Once they determine your house is rid of the pests, they permanently seal the holes in your structure, thus preventing a return. 

But your neighbours? 

They can now be the new reluctant landlords for these beasts.  So, if you see one of these “humane” catcher trucks in the neighbourhood, make sure you check your house for entry points, otherwise you’ll be on the hook for a few thousand in repairs once the creatures find your home a nice nesting area. 

 Hmm, better check that back deck.

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  1. What a nice post. I really love reading these types or articles. I can?t wait to see what others have to say.

    Comment by suchheini — November 5, 2010 @ 1:28 am | Reply

  2. Well I definitely enjoyed reading it. This tip offered by you is very useful for accurate planning.

    Comment by Samuel Mccullers — December 4, 2010 @ 5:14 pm | Reply

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