This last month has seen a lot of rain here in Oregon, and that water has to go somewhere. It turns out it went in the crawlspace of a lot of homes. Fields are also being flooded around housing developments and it seems the animals that live in these fields have decided to move into these warm crawl spaces.
As the water rises in these spaces, so do they. They move into the substructure of the home and eventually into the home. My neighbors are lucky enough to be one of the people that had new "pets" that they didn't want, in the form of a cold rat that thought the insulation in the hot water heater could help. The dry wood under the hot water heater also looked good to subterranean termites.
This bothers me because I know that since they live next door, they could just as easily be moving to my door. So I've ordered and exterminator for the termites and the rats, just to avoid it from becoming a house guest like they did next door. As much as I like having pets, I think I will stick with a dog and cat and not get the whole Chinese calendar moving in my house. I'm really not into goats or sheep living in my house, so that would just add to that problem.
Watch your crawlspace if you get a lot of rain or you may get some unwelcome guests also. If you are in the Portland area and need the numbers to some exterminators, please feel free to contact me, I seem to have a good list now!
Todd Clark (Principal Broker)