A Rare Case: Not DIY


Experienced DIYers take great pride in always limping back to the garage…no matter what!

On extremely rare occasions, the right call is to bring in a specialist.

Today was one such rare day.

I called in the Wildlife Ranger to check for a rat up in my attic.

I noticed a couple of spots on the ceiling in two separate rooms.  There had been no rain to indicate a leaking roof.  And, I had put some poison out in the back yard because my daughter had seen a rat in the yard.  Rats are a common occurrence in Florida, whether you live in the city or country.  Not a big deal, although you don’t want them inside your house…anywhere.

Anyway, the attic at this time of year is about 110 degrees F, cramped, and very dusty.  Rat droppings can also carry disease, so you don’t want to breath the air if a rat has been present.  Lastly, I certainly didn’t want to meet a rodent or two in a confined space and no place to go.

All the signs pointed to bringing in an absolute expert, so that’s what I did.

Gregg showed up, from Wildlife Ranger and started out with an inspection of the outside of the house.  He said everything looked pretty well sealed up and that a rat would have difficulty getting inside.  He had some suggestions for making the garage door a little more rat proof.

Next, he donned a respirator and cool LED headlight, then ventured up into the attic.  He searched the entire attic including where the two spots on the ceiling were located and fortunately, found no evidence of any rodents.  No droppings, no trails, no rats.

What a relief!

We haven’t figure out what caused the spots.  Have to keep an eye on them for a week or so.  If a cause doesn’t become obvious, I guess I’ll just repaint the ceilings.

The whole rat forensic experience took about one-half hour and cost me $89.

For peace of mind, not to mention my health, it was money well spent.

Experienced (and confident) DIYers know when to call in a pro.

Check out Gregg’s Website at http://www.wildlife-ranger.com.

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About Rob Reilly

Rob is an independent consultant, writer, and speaker, specializing in Linux/Free software, hacking of just about everything, DIY and Maker Movement, and tech media. He has a BS in Mechanical Technology from Purdue University. Contact him at doc@drtorq.com.
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