A Great Battle Took Place Here

mouse builds home in crawlspace and gets eaten by snake

Call me crazy, but I absolutely love my job.  I get to observe the craziest, funniest, scariest and most peculiar things that can be in a persons home.

I was under a house the other day, in a crawlspace, and I ran into a fairly common situation.  There were areas of the insulation that had been damaged by mice. Whenever I see this, I start pulling down some of the insulation to see how the bad the infestation is.  The mice love to make humble little abodes on top of the insulation paper. It keeps them warm and comfy, but at your expense.

Generally, I’ll see piles of poop, scores of pee stains, and the little nests that the mice make out of the insulation. It’s gross, but I enjoy the investigation.  If it’s really bad, I’ll leave a note for the owners, because they will want to call a pest control company immediately.

Well during my investigation, I found something that for some crazed reason, made me chuckle. Here it is…

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If you look closely, you can see that nature has taken its course. Look around the the insulation mouse cottage.  You can see snake skin! HA! The little guy was probably taking a quiet nap in, warm on his kraft paper bed.  The big bad snake attacked him in his own home! It looks like the little guy put up a fight, but in the end, I think he became lunch.

That is how these things progress in your crawlspace. You have a few openings on the outside of your home, and some standing water in the crawlspace.  The mice come in and make a community of homes using your insulation.  All of the mice attract the snakes. Before you know it, you have a whole ecosystem of critters in your crawlspace.